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Dream Machine (1991)

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Barry drives his parents to the airport, then tunes a rich woman's piano. He gets her cheating husband's Porsche. The husband's body's in the trunk. Then there's the fraternity's extreme initiation ritual. Will he get his dream girl?

Director:

Lyman Dayton

Writer:

Eric Hendershot
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Haim ... Barry Davis
Evan Richards ... Brent Meese
Jeremy Slate ... Jack Chamberlain
Randall England ... Lance Harper
Tracy Fraim ... Royal Clayton III
Brittney Lewis Brittney Lewis ... Robin Marchbanks
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Claude Davis
Suzanne Kent ... Jean Davis
Susan Seaforth Hayes ... Margo Chamberlain
Brynja McGrady Brynja McGrady ... Carolee Harper
Don Shanks ... Juan Valdez
Sam Shamshak ... The Imposter
Julie Simper Julie Simper ... Mistress
Billy Judkins Billy Judkins ... Pest Exterminator (as Billie Judkins)
Kipp Shiotani ... Pledge Quarterback
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Storyline

As a reward from a jilted millionairess, Davis is given the $100,000 Porsche of the unfaithful husband. Unknown to Davis and the wife, the body of the husband is in the Porsche. The killer tries in vein to recover the body before it is discovered. Written by Rob Hartill

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Perfect Car. Perfect Girl. Perfect Murder... Almost.


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Amateurish indie flick with an obvious low budget, but amazingly good!
23 January 2002 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Once again, I was browsing through the discount video bin and picked up this movie for $4.88. Fifty-percent of the time the movies I find in the bin are pure crap (I mean horrible beyond belief) but half the time they turn out to be surprisingly good. This movie is much better than I expected. I found it very engaging, though it was obviously made by an amateur.

The direction is nothing special, but the story is intriguing with some good thrills. I expected it to be more of a comedy, but I wasn't too disappointed.

For a thriller, this movie is surprisingly good-natured. There's no bloody violence, no profanity, no nudity, no sex. Usually, these movies require all four of those elements. The PG rating is well-deserved--not like "Sixteen Candles" where the "f" word is used twice and there's a brief gratuitous nude scene.

I just wish the romance between Corey Haim and his love interest could've been developed more. The film does tend to be plot-heavy, and the potentially good subplots are pushed off to the side. Instead of developing a chemistry between the two of them, we end up watching a careless three-minute montage of them on their romantic endeavors. They end up kissing at the end, but there's so little chemistry that it seems forced.

"The Dream Machine" is no gem, but it's good, clean entertainment. It's quite forgettable--especially with a cast of unknowns, except for Haim--but it's also much better than you'd expect.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máquina dos Sonhos See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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EDS Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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