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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

The original UK cinema poster for the film was withdrawn, due to complaints regarding the image on it, showing the "Freddy Snake" eating a woman. It was replaced with a less "offensive" one. See more »

Goofs

In the TV version, in the scene where the nurse seduces Joey, the nurse has a bra on instead of being topless. However, throughout the scene you can see shoulder shots that show she has no bra straps that they used from the theatrical version. It flips between bra and no bra throughout the scene. 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

A text before the opening credits starts reads as follows: "Sleep. Those little slices of Death. How I loathe them" -Edgar Allan Poe- See more »

Alternate Versions

Some television versions enhance the text displayed on the computer monitor when Dr. Neil Gordan is researching the drug Hypnocil. This is due to the fact that the text displayed has faded over the years. See more »


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Performed by Jay Ferguson
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This sequel seems to be less darker than the original and the 1985 sequel but it's extremely well made sequel that made Freddy a star.
5 January 2006 | by hu675See all my reviews

When a terrified teen named Kristen (Patricia Arquette) is been stalked by a killer in her dreams by the name of Freddy (Robert Englund). When she wakes up, without knowing that she slits her wrist. She been sent to a mental hospital for troubled teens. When a new young psychiatrist specializing in Dream Thearpy is by the name of Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp). When Nancy finds out that Freddy stills haunt the frighten teens and knowing what Kristen is talking about. Most of the teens are now dreaming about the killer in their sleep. Nancy and Dr. Neil Gordon (Craig Wasson) are helping the teens to fight Freddy back with their dream powers and their help.

Directed by Chuck Russell (The Blob-1988, Eraser, The Mask) made an excellent scary sequel, which is closer to the spirit of the original Nightmare. This film has excellent visual effects are the highlight of this one, which is done by Oscar-Winning effects house "Dream Quest Images" (The Abyss, The Crow, Total Recall). This movie has good clever plot twists and it has the best cast from the series, including:Jennifer Rubin (Screamers), Bradley Gregg (Fire in the Sky), Rodney Eastman (The Caveman's Valentine), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix Trilogy), John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) and Priscilla Pointer (Carrie).

DVD has an strong anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an excellent digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD also has the original theatrical trailer, Jump to a Nightmare Opinion and Cast & Crew information. On the "Elm Street" Series Box Set in the eighth disc. The DVD has interviews with the Cast & Crew, a Music Video and Bits moments from MTV with Englund's appearance as Freddy.

This was a much bigger hit than the previous two "Elm Street" films. This film has amusing cameos by Dick Cavett and Sza Sza Gabor, who play themselves on Television in a memorable scene. Englund as Freddy has some amusing memorable one-liners. Written by Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Shocker), Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Majestic, The Shawshank Redemption), director:Russell and Bruce Wagner (I'm Losing You). From a Story by Craven and Wagner. Do not miss this imaginatively directed flick. (****/*****).


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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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