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The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and ... See full summary »

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Peyton E. Park ...
Mannie Ahrens (as Peyton Park)
Niki Flacks ...
Penny Crouch
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Vandi Clark ...
Aunt Ethel
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George's Mother (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jo Livingston ...
George's Father
Jane Roberts ...
Grandmother
Tom Matts ...
Grandfather
Frank Miller ...
Parole Officer
Joye Nash ...
Woman on Subway
Gena Sleete ...
Woman on Subway
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Ben McKinley III ...
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George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and hypnotically induces Mr. Orr to change reality for the benefit of mankind --- with bizarre and frightening results. Written by Will Briggs

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Dr. William C. Dement, the famous sleep researcher who founded the Stanford Sleep Clinic and for many years taught the popular "Sleep and Dreams" class at Stanford University, was a consultant to Ursula K. Le Guin and is thanked in the closing credits. See more »

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On the government water distribution tanker truck, the word "mobile" is misspelled "MOBIL". See more »

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Dr. Haber: Welcome to Dr. Haber's Palace of Dreams. Congratulations, George. You are the man of the hour. How do you feel today?
George Orr: I haven't felt anything for days.
Dr. Haber: [to his henchmen:] You may go.
[They leave]
Dr. Haber: Take it easy, George, take it easy! I know I've been working you very hard, but I think you'll agree it's been well worth the effort. Besides, today is a momentous occasion.
George Orr: Well, I don't think I can take another big day.
Dr. Haber: George, today I've cured you.
[pause]
Dr. Haber: Don't you have anything to say?
George Orr: Words fail me.
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Remade as Lathe of Heaven (2002) See more »

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With a Little Help from My Friends
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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A gorgeous, memorable film.
3 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I can't imagine the suffering of the people who had to wait 20 years to get a second viewing. I was so enamored of this little miracle that I had to watch it again right away after my first exposure. Bruce Davison is mesmerizing as the vulnerable, sympathetic hero, and Kevin Conway is fascinating as the "Bad Guy" who isn't really BAD. The best scenes in the film are when these two men interact solely with each other. You can see George go from a psychological mess to a man with a surprising strength of will, while Doctor Haber becomes less interested in helping George with his problems and more interested in using him to change the world...with or without George's consent.

The special effects are not as bad as I've been told and they don't really distract from the story. The lighting that sets the mood for the film was born out of thrift, but I don't think anyone could have done a more beautiful job even with unlimited resources. Wonderful acting all around despite a slightly nebulous ending. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wondering if you could have done better in either character's place, or paying closer attention to your dreams right after you see this film.


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