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Dream Lover (1993)

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A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director:

Nicholas Kazan

Writer:

Nicholas Kazan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Ray
Mädchen Amick ... Lena
Fredric Lehne ... Larry
Bess Armstrong ... Elaine
Larry Miller ... Norman
Kathleen York ... Martha
Kate Williamson ... Mrs. Sneeder
Tom Lillard Tom Lillard ... Hank Sneeder
William Shockley ... Buddy
Carl Sundstrom Carl Sundstrom ... Officer
Irwin Keyes ... Officer
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Minister
Joseph Scoren ... Martha's Lawyer (as Joseph Scorsiani)
Archie Lang Archie Lang ... Judge #1
Clyde Kusatsu ... Judge Kurita
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Storyline

Ray is young, charming, successful and the owner of a prosperous architect company. However, he has recently gone through a very painful divorce. His friends try to cheer him up by showing him the positive sides of being single but for Ray marriage and stability is just too important. But when he meets Lena his gloom is quickly forgotten. She is beautiful, sensual, mysterious and he is drawn to her like a moth to a candle. They marry quickly, have their first child and Ray lives in a total bliss. But then strange incidents occur which shed some light on Lena's background. Ray slowly realizes that he hardly knows anything about her at all. Who has he really married? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Taglines:

If you think you know your lover. Think again. Especially if she's your wife.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une épouse trop parfaite See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,701, 8 May 1994

Gross USA:

$256,264

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,264
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Ray is admitted to Willow point on his admissions report it shows the apprehended date of 8/15/91 and his date of birth is 6-12-61 but next to his age it says he is 36 years old. See more »

Quotes

Larry: Sometimes everything's a clue, and what you think is paranoia is actually heightened awareness.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated U.S. video release includes 4 minutes of additional footage with sex scenes between James Spader and Mädchen Amick. See more »


Soundtracks

THE OTHER SIDE
Written by Kevin Welch
Performed by Kevin Welch
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An intriguing psychological melodrama.
5 August 1999 | by Pinback-4See all my reviews

DREAM LOVER is a nicely made, well-acted little film about a man who meets and marries the girl of his dreams but begins to wonder who she really is. This film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, the son of Elia Kazan. He did a very impressive job. The cleverest touch is having a framing device which has a crazed clown at a carnival who explains the major plot developments to James Spader's character and to us as well. Spader plays a very successful businessman who just got a divorce and is very lonely. But a chance encounter with a beautiful young woman named Lena (Madchen Amick in a very incisive performance) changes that. She is perfect in every way. I can't reveal much more story than that. The plot twists and turns like a pretzel. It's not always plausible, especially the ending, but it is entertaining all the same.


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