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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

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A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

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Chuck Russell

Writers:

Wes Craven (story), Bruce Wagner (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Langenkamp ... Nancy Thompson
Craig Wasson ... Neil Gordon
Patricia Arquette ... Kristen Parker
Robert Englund ... Freddy Krueger
Ken Sagoes ... Kincaid
Rodney Eastman ... Joey
Jennifer Rubin ... Taryn
Bradley Gregg ... Phillip
Ira Heiden Ira Heiden ... Will
Laurence Fishburne ... Max (as Larry Fishburne)
Penelope Sudrow ... Jennifer
John Saxon ... Lt. Thompson
Priscilla Pointer ... Dr. Elizabeth Simms
Clayton Landey ... Lorenzo
Brooke Bundy ... Elaine Parker
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Storyline

Picking up where the original Nightmare left off, Nancy has grown up and become a psychiatrist specializing in dream therapy. She meets a group of children at a local hospital facing Freddy Krueger, the same demon she once encountered in her sleep. One of them is Kristen, who has the power to draw other people into her dreams. Working with a male doctor assigned to the case, Nancy helps the kids realize their special abilities within the nightmare world. When Freddy captures one of her charges, she leads a rescue attempt into Krueger's domain, in hopes of putting his spirit to rest once and for all. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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If you think you'll get out alive, You must be dreaming. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Wes Craven, the idea for the mental hospital treating the Dream Warriors was not just some riff on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), but instead inspired by real-life establishments, "At that time, there was kind of a movement of such places that even advertised on television, 'Send us your troubled child, and we'll make them okay', and, essentially, they were like prisons, or insane asylums." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) When Freddy grabs Will and is about to stab him, you can clearly see the wires holding Will up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elaine Parker: Are you crazy? You'll wake up the whole neighborhood.
Kristen Parker: Hi, Mom.
Elaine Parker: Don't "hi Mom" me. What are you still doing up? It's past 1:00.
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Crazy Credits

All the grips are nicknamed "Bob", except for the last, which is a variation on the name. See more »

Alternate Versions

Banned twice in Sweden (running time 93 and 92 min). Finally passed at 90 min in 1988. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MacGyver: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Into the Fire
Composed and Performed by Dokken
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User Reviews

 
One of the Best
15 February 2019 | by ronnieyearwoodSee all my reviews

This is one of the best movies in the series. I like the first movie the best but this is probably number two to me. Great scares, Englund is fantastic as Krueger. The acting is good. Good writing. Everything you would hope for in a movie like this!


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Official Sites:

New Line Cinema

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,880,555, 1 March 1987

Gross USA:

$44,793,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,793,222
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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