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Dream Lover (1993)

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

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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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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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Ray: No matter who you were, and no matter who you are, and no matter who you will be, I'm going to love you.
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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 »


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JUST YOU
Written by Kathy Fisher & Ron Wasserman
Performed by Kathy Fisher
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For Richer Or Poorer
26 April 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For you classical movie fans and fans of the Fifties music scene, this film Dream Lover will not contain a note of either Jeanette MacDonald's first film hit song from The Love Parade or will you hear Bobby Darin's hit from the Fifties, both entitled Dream Lover. Neither song while different in style is positive in nature and wouldn't be right in this very downer of a thriller.

James Spader can't believe his luck in finding Madchen Amick, she's the perfect beautiful woman. He must feel like Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith when they created Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science. This woman is an eleven plus and after a divorce from Bess Armstrong, Spader's in need of reassurance that he's still got it.

They marry and have children, but gradually he starts noticing little things that she always has a perfect explanation, but rattle Spader beyond the point of endurance. When he starts investigating his wife, Spader finds a lot of things just don't add up.

Dream Lover is a neat little thriller that will keep you guessing right to the end who is going to come out on top. In fact neither of them really do, or at least that's how I view the film.

Spader, Amick and the rest of the cast respond well to writer/director Nicholas Kazan's script and guidance. When Spader starts investigating the past of his wife and finds she's just a down home girl from Texas instead of what she puts out, he meets up with William Shockley her old boy friend. His one scene in the film with Spader will leave an indelible impression.

In fact Dream Lover will leave an indelible impression on you.


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