An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

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Tarsem Singh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Catherine Deane
Colton James ... Edward Baines
Dylan Baker ... Henry West
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Dr. Miriam Kent
Gerry Becker ... Dr. Barry Cooperman
Musetta Vander ... Ella Baines
Patrick Bauchau ... Lucien Baines
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Carl Stargher
Catherine Sutherland ... Anne Marie Vicksey
Vince Vaughn ... Peter Novak
James Gammon ... Teddy Lee
Jake Weber ... Gordon Ramsey
Dean Norris ... Cole
Tara Subkoff ... Julia Hickson
Lauri Johnson ... Mrs. Hickson
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Storyline

Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an F.B.I. Agent comes to ask for a desperate favor. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose method of operation is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about forty hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Rated R for bizarre violence and sexual images, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Carl is shown to practice the method of suspension, with hooks lifting him from the piercings on his back. This practice is seen as a spiritual experience and a way to test yourself, though in Carl's case it was fetishistic. Most contemporary suspensions are not performed as religious sacraments or trials of endurance like they used to be. For some, it's a sort of, "If I can do this, I can do anything," attitude. For others, it is akin to meditation. See more »

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Though Catherine will not face any consequences for "killing" Carl in the dream world, as there's no way anybody can prove that she did (as he simply died suddenly while comatose), and she wouldn't even have to use the self-defense excuse, she still does not seem to suffer any consequences for changing the password to the lab's security door and forcefully using the equipment to enter the dream world without the consent of the scientists. See more »

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[first lines]
Catharine Deane: Thank you for the horse.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian DVD from Roadshow contains the extended European version, with Stargher masturbating in suspension over the bleached female victim. This release was granted an R rating by the OFLC, whereas the shorter version was rated MA. See more »

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References Dreamscape (1984) See more »

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MAIRZY DOATS
Written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
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It's All In the Pictures
5 February 2005 | by asthmaticpunkSee all my reviews

Forget about the plot of this movie. Forget about the fact that it is wonderfully acted by Vince Vaughn and Vincend D'Onofrio. Forget about the fact that it is one of the few movies starring Jennifer Lopez that I can stomach. Although the story may be impossible to believe and much of the dialogue seems contrived, the one and only important thing to remember when contemplating watching this movie is that it contains some of the most amazing and disturbing imagery ever put on film. It is as if Salvador Dali decided to make a crime drama. A must see for anyone seriously interested in cinematography and the use of the film cell as a canvas on which to display true works of visual art. I would have to give this movie a 9/10 for it's amazing visual display.


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Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,515,050, 20 August 2000

Gross USA:

$61,334,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,155,843
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