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Dream for an Insomniac (1996)

Girl leads a lonely life until she meets the boy of her dreams. The boy, however, has a live-in girlfriend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ione Skye ... Frankie
Jennifer Aniston ... Allison
Mackenzie Astin ... David Shrader
Michael Landes ... Rob
Seymour Cassel ... Uncle Leo
Sean Blackman Sean Blackman ... Juice (as Sean San Jose Blackman)
Michael Sterk Michael Sterk ... B.J.
Leslie Stevens ... Molly Monday
Robert Kelker-Kelly Robert Kelker-Kelly ... Trent (as Robert Kelker Kelly)
Robert Ernst Robert Ernst ... Homeless Man
Robert Harvey ... Dick in Sushi Bar
Fred Gualco Fred Gualco ... Policeman #1
Roger Craig Roger Craig ... Policeman #2
Louis Velez Louis Velez ... Sammy Davis
Mai Huynh Mai Huynh ... Poetry Reader
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Storyline

A girl with insomnia who works in a coffee house has impossibly high standards for her love and fears she will never meet a worthy man. Then in walks a new employee and they click - until she discovers he has a girlfriend. Undaunted, she moves to L.A. with a friend sure that he will dump the girlfriend and follow her. She puts all her faith in fate and hopes for the best. Written by Ed Lorusso

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A dreamer who couldn't sleep. An author who couldn't write. A friend who couldn't help but help.

Genres:

Romance | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alma de Poeta, Olhos de Sinatra See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,201, 21 June 1998

Gross USA:

$24,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,727
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several of the quotes used throughout the story are: "There is no chance at all. We are all trapped by a singular fate. No one ever finds the one." Charles Bukowski
  • "In order to win, you must expect to win." Dan Fouts
  • "Every action and pursuit is thought to aim at some good. The good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim." Aristotle
  • "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." Lord Tennyson
  • "I am now a central part of your mind's landscape whether you care or do not." Steven Morrissey
  • "I am troubled immeasurably by your eye. I am struck by the feather of your soft reply. The sound of glass speaks quick disdain and conceals what your eyes fight to explain." Jim Morrison
  • "The lady will have the linguini with clam sauce and a Coke, no ice. Remember, wherever you are, that's the place to be. Isn't this great?" Mike Damone, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • "I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got in the register." H.I. McDonnough, Raising Arizona
  • "Worship the music, not the musicians." Eddie Vedder
  • "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw
  • "Life can only be understood backwards." Kierkegaard
  • "I wish I was like you, easily amused." Kurt Cobain
  • "Love is all you need." John Lennon
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Quotes

Frankie: [Referring to Molly Monday] Would you do it with someone whose last name is the worst day of the week?
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Connections

References Pal Joey (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Keeping Awake
Written by Don Peris (as Don) and Karen Peris
Performed by Innocence Mission
Courtesy of A&M Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A surprisingly sweet movie!
30 March 1999 | by obsoleteSee all my reviews

I'll admit that amongst my rabid obsession with horror films and morbid dramas, lies a deep love for witty romance films.

I loved this one.

The dialogue and characterization was surprisingly well done, and the story, although old, was played out well.

The cast was excellent, too. Ione Skye is so beautiful, and very talented. She played the lonely girl perfectly. I cannot imagine a better actress for her part...her eyes said something to me while watching, as did her heart and soul she put into this role. Jennifer Aniston, whom I'm not a big fan of, was actually well written, and her knack for switching accents though out the film was quite funny. The standout character was David, played by Mackenzie Astin.

He's a nice guy, plain and simple. His dialogue was witty, charming, and never went over the pretentious mark. His character actually meant something to me, and for once, I agreed with his role. I think he has a bright future ahead of him, and I even think he is a better actor than his older sibling, Sean.

I loved the romance that built between David and Frankie. Even though we have seen this kind of mushy clap trap on screen several times before, it just seemed to work differently here.

Overall, this is a surprisingly sweet, well acted and non-pretentious romance film that deserves more recognition.

I loved it, very much.


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