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In Dreams (1999)

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A suburban housewife learns that she has a dreamworld connection to a serial murderer, and must stop him from killing again.

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Neil Jordan

Writers:

Bari Wood (novel), Bruce Robinson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Bening ... Claire Cooper
Katie Sagona ... Rebecca Cooper
Aidan Quinn ... Paul Cooper
Robert Downey Jr. ... Vivian Thompson
Paul Guilfoyle ... Detective Jack Kay
Kathleen Langlois Kathleen Langlois ... Snow White
Jennifer Berry Jennifer Berry ... Hunter
Emma J. Brown Emma J. Brown ... Dwarf
Jennifer Dragon Jennifer Dragon ... Dwarf
Samantha Kelly Samantha Kelly ... Dwarf
Jennifer Caine Natenshon Jennifer Caine Natenshon ... Dwarf
Bethany M. Paquin Bethany M. Paquin ... Dwarf
Erica Sullivan Erica Sullivan ... Dwarf
Amelia Claire Novotny Amelia Claire Novotny ... Prince
Kristin Sroka Kristin Sroka ... Wicked Stepmother
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Storyline

The housewife Claire Cooper is married with the pilot Paul Cooper and their little daughter Rebecca is their pride and joy. When a stranger kidnaps a girl, Claire dreams about the man but Detective Jack Kay ignores her concerns. But when Rebecca disappears during a school play, Claire learns that her visions were actually premonitions and she is connected to the killer through her dreams. She has a nervous breakdown and tries to commit suicide. Her psychologist Dr. Silverman sends her to a mental institution and soon she finds that her husband will be the next victim of the serial-killer. Further, the serial-killer was interned in the same cell in the hospital where she is. Will Claire be able to save Paul? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You don't have to sleep to dream


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Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Vision See more »

Filming Locations:

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,593,872, 17 January 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,017,369
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aidan Quinn's dream scene was filmed in the halls of the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel, in New Castle, New Hampshire. At the time, it had been abandoned for many years. Today, the hotel is a thriving Marriott destination. It was also the site of the Russo and Japanese Treaty at the turn of the twentieth century, hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt. See more »

Goofs

The First six minutes of the film while 'Aidan Quinn' and Annette Bening are at the bedroom doorway discussing her first dream about the missing girl, a black boom microphone can be clearly seen above them following each of their dialogue from behind the door header. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Claire: [Helping daughter rehearse lines from Snow White while walking through trees by lake]
[In sing-song voice]
Claire: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of us all?
Rebecca Cooper: [Skipping through trees by lake]
[In sing-song voice]
Rebecca Cooper: You're the fairest in this hall but Snow WHITE is THE...
Claire: [laughs] Come on Rebecca, forget it's a play. Just, say it like you're saying it to me.
Rebecca Cooper: [sing-song voice] Snow White's the fairest of them all.
Claire: And again.
[...]
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Referenced in The Nameless (1999) See more »

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A few instances of "YIKES!"
6 January 2002 | by numberone_1See all my reviews

When this movie first came out, it was generally viewed unfavorably by movie critics, and in certain markets it didn't stay long in the theatres.

I've long been a fan of thrillers, but I paid attention to the critics on this one and didn't see it in the theatres. I caught it on HBO and, after seeing it, I wish I had seen it in the theatres. I do not know why movie critics generally snubbed this film - I thought it was a taut, edge-of-my-seat complex thriller, and there were a few times that I jumped out of that ol' seat, yelling, "YIKES!" (or something to that effect). Sure, it may be a bit unrealistic, but as far as storytelling, directing and acting, it's a very good piece.

Both Robert Downey Jr. and Annette Bening were outstanding; I was riveted by their characters and couldn't take my eyes off either of them during the film. Bening shows her great range and depth, playing the heroine/protagonist whose life turns upside down in only moments and spins wildly out from there. Downey also shows great versatility in a role that he is not normally associated in.

If you enjoy the work of either of these two actors, or if you enjoy complex, mind-bending thrillers, ignore the critics and watch this. I only wish I had had the opportunity to see it on the big screen.


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