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Dream Lover (1986)

After she's been attacked in her apartment, Cathy starts reliving the event in her dreams. She seeks help at a sleep disorder research center, but in doing so she encounters some unexpected... See full summary »

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Alan J. Pakula

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Jon Boorstin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Kathy Gardner
Ben Masters ... Michael Hansen
Paul Shenar ... Ben Gardner
Justin Deas ... Kevin McCann
John McMartin ... Martin
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Claire
Joseph Culp ... Danny
Matthew Penn ... Billy
Paul West Paul West ... Shep
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Vaughn Capisi
Jon Polito ... Doctor James
Ellen Parker Ellen Parker ... Nurse Jennifer
Lynn Webster Lynn Webster ... Policewoman
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ... Hotel Manager
Charles West Charles West ... Man at Hilton Hotel
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After she's been attacked in her apartment, Cathy starts reliving the event in her dreams. She seeks help at a sleep disorder research center, but in doing so she encounters some unexpected results ... Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Imagine the terror of living a nightmare every time you sleep...*EVERY* TIME YOU SLEEP. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amante Sonhador See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,733, 23 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$502,237
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A chilly little gem
18 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fans of Kristy McNichol (and her character 'Buddy' from TV's "Family") probably won't like this movie much as it dispels the actress's jovial tomboy persona and showcases a darker side. As a young flautist who is both enamored of and terrified of her widower papa, McNichol's extraordinary acting range gets a real work-out; director Alan J. Pakula keeps her low-keyed and appealing, but also intensely focused. The domineering daddy (Paul Shenar, a Ray Wise look-alike who'd be right at home in a David Lynch story) is a puzzlement, and the other supporting characters are sketchily-drawn, but Kristy is surprisingly right at home in these spooky, melodramatic settings. Attacked by a stranger, and then wracked by nightmares, McNichol seeks help in an unorthodox dream-research lab--which only makes things worse. "Dream Lover" is an intricate, deliberately-paced psychological thriller with some stunning set-pieces: the green lamp (and its evil implications), the refrigerator hawking on (signaling the terror ahead), the mix of two dreams (wherein Kristy's Kathy takes flight) and the entire last reel, where one sequence is seen differently through two pairs of eyes. Take note that this is a slow movie. It wants to build a character study by moving each chess piece smoothly and efficiently across the board. When I saw this in the theater, the few people there were yawning. Give this a chance. It successfully maneuvers itself into hazy crawlspaces that few films manage to do. ***1/2 from ****


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