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Mean Dreams (2016)

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Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love.


Nathan Morlando
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Josh Wiggins ... Jonas Ford
Sophie Nélisse ... Casey Caraway
Joe Cobden ... Elbert Ford
Bill Paxton ... Wayne Caraway
Vickie Papavs ... Lynette Ford
Colm Feore ... The Chief
Ryan Blakely ... Proprietor
George Buza ... Pawnshop Clerk
Tara Nicodemo ... Pharmacist
Mike McPhaden ... Father
Richard Waugh ... Bus Driver
Blaise Blaise ... Blaise


Mean Dreams is a thriller about a fifteen-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves while her corrupt cop father hunts them down. This coming-of-age fable brings together the desperation of life on the run and the beauty and wonder of first love.

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The law won't protect you See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiú ábrándok See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last major film for Bill Paxton. See more »


Boom mic visible in car window when Jonas steals the chiefs car. See more »


The Chief: But I will tell you this: You ain't Casey's family. You might share spit & secrets but the two of yous don't share blood, and the only business you have with her is what her father says so. Now you go on now.
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Alternate World (Alternate Age)
Written, Performed & Recorded by Son Lux
Vocals - Ieva Berberian, Cameron Schenk, Aaron Strumpel, Shara Nova
Mandolin - Chris Thile
Pedal Steel, Bass - Christopher Wray
Ryan Lott Music (ASCAP) administered by Domino Publishing Company USA
© 2013 Joyful Noise Recordings
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I am waiting for an extended release.
24 March 2017 | by turgut_kSee all my reviews

I rate movies, but rarely write reviews. Only if I like them a lot. If you enjoy movies that keep you in your seat, so that you can't even go to pee!.. Than, Mean Dreams is your choice. You think and guess that this boy and girl will fall in love, and evil fathers will cause problems, from the beginning. But things get out of hand more than this and hard to imagine what will happen next.

I, personally would have liked more brutality and blood, as example, see girl's dad get more violent on the boy's family, torturing his dad and raping his mom. Boy hijack the bus, Sheriff more psychotic, etc. This movie could have been extended in so many ways without question, and I would have watched it even it was over 2 hours.

All actors do a superb performance. Landscapes,cinematography and editing is great.

Enjoy it.

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