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Dreamcatcher (2003)

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Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Director:

Lawrence Kasdan

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), William Goldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Col. Abraham Curtis
Thomas Jane ... Henry
Jason Lee ... Beaver
Damian Lewis ... Jonesy
Timothy Olyphant ... Pete
Tom Sizemore ... Owen
Donnie Wahlberg ... Duddits
Mikey Holekamp Mikey Holekamp ... Young Henry
Reece Thompson ... Young Beaver
Giacomo Baessato ... Young Jonesy
Joel Palmer ... Young Pete
Andrew Robb Andrew Robb ... Young Duddits
Eric Keenleyside ... Rick McCarthy
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Roberta Cavell
Michael O'Neill ... Gen. Matheson
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Storyline

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom Written by simon

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Das Böse findet einen Weg (The evil finds a way) See more »


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Rated R for violence, gore and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cazador de sueños See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,027,423, 23 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,715,436

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,715,436
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The flashback scene where the boys first meet Duddits is the barrens from the Stephen King film It (1990), which also takes place in Derry. See more »

Goofs

When Beaver sits down at the table with the peanut butter you see a camera moving on a line in the background as he says: I saw that once in a movie". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Devlin: You and I don't get after him right away, he's gonna get out of my range, and some kind of shit is going to hit the planetary fan.
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The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are covered in snow, while the Castle Rock Entertainment lighthouse beams its light across a lake covered in snow. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The DVD contains the original ending, in which Duddits defeats the alien using a special power, but is NOT revealed to be an alien. He then succumbs to his leukemia and dies. Jonesy and Henry then visit his gravesite in the final scene and sing "Blue Bayou." See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Blue Bayou
Written by Joe Melson & Roy Orbison
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Orbison Records, Inc.
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Begins beautifully-ends poorly
23 May 2006 | by lenprestonSee all my reviews

I have read Dreamcatcher and think it is one of King's most under-appreciated books. In an interview, King said his wife didn't care for it. King wrote it out on a yellow legal pad while he was recovering from getting hit by that van.

I have also listened to the audio version of Dreamcatcher, so all that remained for me was to see this movie. While I knew there were things in the book that probably wouldn't make it to the screen, I was pleasantly surprised by how many did. However some scenes were so brief they were little more than tributes.

The cinematography was beautiful from start to finish, but where the first half of the film felt paced to perfection, the last half felt rushed. The ending was different than the book, so be prepared for a shocker.

The acting was good, I particularly enjoyed Jason Lee as Joe 'Beaver' Clarenden and Damian Lewis as Gary 'Jonesy' Jones.

A real disappointment was Thomas Jane as Dr. Henry Devlin. Pretty woody acting there.

Before seeing this movie, I would not have believed that Morgan Freeman could play Kurtz. I was wrong. That guy can play anything. Unfortunately, He didn't get enough chances to flesh out this crazy S.O.B.

Jonsey's dual nature was handled differently in the movie than it was in the book. Too bad. It was just right in the book, and was given a more "Hollywood" treatment in the movie.

Note to the director: This movie failed because not enough time was spent introducing these characters and making us care about them. The notable exceptions to this where Jonesy and the Beav.

Remember: SSDD.

No Bounce, No Play.


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