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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 to 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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

$3,992,449, 17 January 1999

Gross USA:

$12,017,369

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

During sentencing, the judge tells Vivian "the State of Massachusetts has declared you insane," thus making him ineligible for the death penalty. In legal parlance, Massachusetts is always referred to as a Commonwealth, and does not practice the death penalty. 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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Connections

Referenced in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: In Dreams (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

IN DREAMS
Written & Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Orbison Records, Inc.
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Great first half, formulaic, ordinary second half
10 March 2001 | by mike_23wilhelmSee all my reviews

The first hour or so of this movie is great. It is interesting, good-viewing and imaginative.

It's a pity that after the hour mark the film looses so much effectiveness as it becomes ordinary and predictable. It's a shame that a little of the imagination shown in the first part of the film was not evident towards the end.

The film is 8/10 for the first hour, 5/10 for the rest. I feel it deserves 6/10 in total.


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