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Dream a Little Dream ()


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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.

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Coleman Ettinger
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Bobby Keller / Coleman Ettinger
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Gena Ettinger
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Lainie Diamond
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Ike Baker
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Dinger
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Cherry Diamond
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Joel
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Dumas
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Kit Keller
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Gus Keller
Ria Pavia ...
Maureen
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Shelley (as Lala)
Laura Lee Norton ...
Marge
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Derek
Josh Evans ...
Low Life #1
Jody Smith ...
Low Life #2
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Low Life #3
Russell Livingstone ...
Neighbor Next Door
Mickey Thomas ...
Mr. Pattison
Fran Taylor ...
Sheila Baker
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P.E. Coach (as John Grissom)
John Ford Coley ...
Ron

Directed by

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Marc Rocco

Written by

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Daniel Jay Franklin ... (story)
 
Daniel Jay Franklin ... (screenplay) and
Marc Rocco ... (screenplay) &
D.E. Eisenberg ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Steven I. Celniker ... associate producer
D.E. Eisenberg ... producer
Lawrence Kasanoff ... executive producer
Russell Livingstone ... associate producer
Robert G. Magaudda ... line producer
Marc Rocco ... producer
Ellen Steloff ... executive producer

Music by

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John William Dexter

Cinematography by

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King Baggot

Film Editing by

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Russell Livingstone

Editorial Department

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Anthony J. Ciccolini III ... post-production consultant
Syd Cole ... negative cutter
Jimbob ... color timer
Stine Kjar ... additional assistant editor
Ken Schretzmann ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton

Production Design by

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Matthew C. Jacobs

Art Direction by

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Melody Levy

Costume Design by

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Kristine Brown

Makeup Department

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Marie-Gabrielle Clark ... makeup artist
Michelle Johnson ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Vincent Agostino ... unit manager (as Vinnie Agostino)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Leyba ... first assistant director
James P. Liacouras ... second assistant director
Russell Livingstone ... second unit director

Art Department

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Mark Barofsky ... property master
Kim Barofsky-Thorpe ... set dresser (as Kim Barofsky)
Peter Battistelli ... construction coordinator
Carmen Herman ... assistant property master
Randall Milazzo ... lead man
Jahmon Reed ... swing gang
John Teitloff ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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David W. Alstadter ... foley mixer
Barney Cabral ... supervising sound editor
Kelly Cabral ... sound editor
Patrick Cabral ... foley artist
Tim Chilton ... foley artist
Clayton Collins ... foley artist
Robert W. Glass Jr. ... re-recording mixer
Mark Hollingsworth ... sound editor
Elizabeth Kenton ... assistant sound editor
Leonard Marcel ... additional dream sound effects
Robert Thirlwell ... re-recording mixer
Blake Wilcox ... production sound mixer
Chris Wilcox ... boom operator
Asher Yates ... sound editor

Stunts

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John Cade ... stunt coordinator
Diane Dalmonte ... stunts
James Wiggins ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Danny Buck ... gaffer
Phillip V. Caruso ... still photographer
Joe D'Alessandro ... second assistant camera
John Findlater ... still photographer
Roy-Lee Gittens ... electrician
Tony Hardmon ... assistant camera
Chas Hinton ... best boy
Kyle T. MacDowell ... electrician
Russell McElhatton ... director of photography: second unit / first assistant camera (as Russ McElhatton)
Anastas N. Michos ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
George Palmer ... key grip
Riko Schatke ... grip
Gregory W. Smith ... second assistant camera (as Gregory Smith)
Steve Spier ... electrician
David W. Strong ... best boy lighting/genny operator / best boy
Rich Sutherland ... best boy grip (as Rick Sutherland)
Dog Thomas ... dolly grip (as 'Dog' Thomas)
Durk Tyndall ... grip
Troy Upster ... electrician
Oliver Whipple III ... grip
Tim Woods ... electrician (as Timothy Woods)

Casting Department

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Craig Fincannon ... extras casting / local casting
Mark Fincannon ... local casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ron Gross ... wardrobe assistant (as Ronald Gross)
Christina Svoboda ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Stephanie Adams ... assistant location manager
Sheila Allen ... location manager
Shaw Burney ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Derek Alpert ... music supervisor
Martin J. Bram ... music editor
John William Dexter ... soundtrack producer
Elliot Groffman ... music counsel (as Elliot J. Groffman)
Marc Rocco ... supervising soundtrack producer

Transportation Department

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Mike Burton ... driver
Michael Foster ... driver
Vernon W. Harrell ... driver
Neil Hyman ... transportation captain
A. Welch Lambeth ... transportation coordinator
Walter Lambeth ... driver
Steve Malliard ... driver
John Moore ... driver
Bill Pitts ... driver
Tom Rainey ... driver
Lee Siler ... driver
Greg Stancil ... driver

Other crew

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Kathie Broyles ... title designer
Kathryn Chalk ... production secretary
Kathryn Colbert ... production coordinator
Betty Conway ... production banking
Anne D'Amato ... production associate
Phil Dupont ... production assistant (as Philippe DuPont)
Sidney Eisenberg ... accounting assistant
Corey Feldman ... choreographer
Tony Fields ... choreographer
John Grissom ... production assistant
George Hesse ... production assistant
Jill Johnston ... assistant coordinator
James P. Liacouras ... production associate
Merry Lowry-Donner ... script supervisor (as Merry Lowry)
Robert G. Magaudda ... production accountant
Dan Mandiher ... production assistant
Ethan Marten ... production assistant
Robert Mintz ... completion guarantor
Erin L. O'Donnell ... production assistant (as Erin O'Donnell)
Steve Readmond ... production accountant
Barbara Rubin ... studio teacher
Julie Smith ... assistant: Mr. Rocco
Lorri F. Sumner ... production assistant
Shelley Surpin ... production counsel
Razor Tongue ... production assistant
Cindie Williams ... production assistant
Adam Lee Freeman ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Christopher Black ... very special thanks
Byron Buckley Jr. ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Cameron Dye ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Chip Garamella ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Gail Gordon ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Judy Haim ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
June Horton ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Jimmy Ienner ... special thanks
Bruce Kaufman ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Jeff Krask ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Julie Lorensh ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Kim Millimaki ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Jim Morrison ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Adam Platnick ... very special thanks
Jennifer Rocco ... special thanks
Lisa Rocco ... very special thanks (as Lisa)
Jeffrey Rubin ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Richard Rush ... acknowledgement of the special effects of
Heile Thirlwell ... acknowledgement of the special effects of

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Long Before Tomorrow (United States)
  • De l'autre coté du rêve (France)
  • Una chica de ensueño (Spain)
  • Spelnione marzenia (Poland)
  • Um Sonho Diferente (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $2,830,000, 05 Mar 1989

Did You Know?

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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 In the credits, "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. is listed as being co-written by Michael "Stripe" instead of "Stipe". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Me, Myself and I (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Dream a Little Dream of Me See more »
Quotes Bobby Keller: [Coleman as Bobby] Uh, you're Dinger, right?
Dinger: Rigggght. Me Dinger, you Bobby. Me look cool; you look like shit, pal. It's okay, though. It's okay. We'll make it a fashion statement.
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