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Dream a Little Dream (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1989 (USA)
An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.

Director:

Marc Rocco

Writers:

Daniel Jay Franklin (story), Daniel Jay Franklin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Coleman Ettinger
Corey Feldman ... Bobby Keller / Coleman Ettinger
Piper Laurie ... Gena Ettinger
Meredith Salenger ... Lainie Diamond
Harry Dean Stanton ... Ike Baker
Corey Haim ... Dinger
Susan Blakely ... Cherry Diamond
William McNamara ... Joel
Matt Adler ... Dumas
Victoria Jackson ... Kit Keller
Alex Rocco ... Gus Keller
Ria Pavia Ria Pavia ... Maureen
Lala Sloatman ... Shelley (as Lala)
Laura Lee Norton Laura Lee Norton ... Marge
John Ward ... Derek
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Storyline

The lives of a crusty old scientist and a bratty, teen Michael-Jackson-wannabe are about to intersect in a paranormal way. Coleman Ettinger seeks to break down the door of reality through studied dreaming; Bobby Keller wants Lainie Diamond, the girlfriend of his high school friend Joel, a handsome school jock. As Coleman persuades his wife Gena to join his experiments, an accident knocks their bodies out of existence, along with Bobby's consciousness. Coleman's consciousness winds up in Bobby's body while Gena's ends up buried and asleep inside Lainie's. Only when sleeping can Coleman contact Bobby and elicit his help in putting things back, except that Bobby smugly prefers limbo over his aggravated life as a modern teenager. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

With dreams like these who needs reality?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Before Tomorrow See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,830,000, 5 March 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,552,441
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lightning Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Four days before filming, Corey Haim broke his leg and Dinger's character had to be rewritten to include the injury. While his actual cast was removed during filming, he had to wear a fake one for the remainder of the production. In the movie Dinger says that his mother hit him with her car. In real life, Haim broke his leg while trying to teach his mom how to ride a motorbike. She couldn't use the brakes well yet, and ran into the side of a building, breaking her nose and Corey's leg. See more »

Goofs

The part in Lainie's hair changes while talking to Bobby in the hall after taking the SAT's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Keller: Dinger! Dinger, wake up for a minute. I gotta talk to you, Buddy.
Dinger: Bobby, I'm asleep. I'm sound asleep, Bobby. I'm dreaming. Apache women. Mai-taih's. Vannah White and a whip.
Bobby Keller: I'm in love.
Dinger: That could be a problem.
Bobby Keller: I don't think you understand.
Dinger: No, no, I do understand. I really do. Which hand is it this week PAL?
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock On
Written by David Essex
Produced by Larry and Tom Weir & Michael Damian
Performed by Michael Damian
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A strange, but funny family film.
28 August 2003 | by eddy-28See all my reviews

The third film to feature both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, this time Feldman is the lead, and Haim gets to play the second fiddle character. Feldman plays Bobby, who likes to take a short cut through an old man's yard. One day, he gets into a bike accident in the middle of the night in his yard with his future love interest (Meredith Salenger). When Bobby awakes he realizes that he is in the old man's body. Haim of course dosen't believe it and frequently says his usual sarcastic lines while William McNamara plays a high school jock who is kind of the on-and-off bully/friend to Bobby. Of course we can't forget the list of veteran actors in the film, we have Academy Award winners Jason Robards and Piper Laurie playing the elderly couple, character actor Harry Dean Stanton plays the weird neighbor and TV veteran actress Susan Blakely also has a small cameo role. I liked the film and the hard rock in roll music in the film is a blast! It can be a little hard to follow and confussing at times, but it's a fine family film.


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