Dreamscape

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Overview

Great special effects do not always make for a great film, but Dreamscape comes awfully close. Dr. Paul Novotny Max Von Sydow and Dr. Jane Devries Kate Capshaw run a clinic for the study of dreams. Hoping to alleviate the pain of those plagued with recurring nightmares, Novotny hires a team of psychics to "inhabit" the subconsciouses of the patients. Alex Gardner Dennis Quaid, a small-time hustler who uses his ESP gifts for financial gains, is hired to work at the clinic. He helps to disperse the fears of a young...
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Overview

Great special effects do not always make for a great film, but Dreamscape comes awfully close. Dr. Paul Novotny Max Von Sydow and Dr. Jane Devries Kate Capshaw run a clinic for the study of dreams. Hoping to alleviate the pain of those plagued with recurring nightmares, Novotny hires a team of psychics to "inhabit" the subconsciouses of the patients. Alex Gardner Dennis Quaid, a small-time hustler who uses his ESP gifts for financial gains, is hired to work at the clinic. He helps to disperse the fears of a young nightmare-plagued boy, then reverts to type by "raping" the thoughts of the lovely Dr. Devries. Things come to a head when one of the patients, the American president Eddie Albert, decides to purge himself of his apocalyptic dreams by making a lasting peace with the Soviets. Bob Blair Christopher Plummer, the political reactionary who finances the clinic, decides to assassinate the president by acting upon Dr. Novotny's pet theory: if a person dies in his or her dream, he/she will die in real life. The finale pits Gardner against psychic assassin Tommy Ray Glatman David Patrick Kelly.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, Writer David Loughery and Special Effects Artist Craig Reardon; ; Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects Makeup Test Reel and Still Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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This tidy little B-movie never fully capitalizes on the full potential of its novel premise but remains good fun in a "Saturday matinee" vein. The script is occasionally overwhelmed by its own ambition but moves fast enough to gloss over its weaker elements: the cold-war angle of the story hasn't dated well, and a subplot with a Stephen King-like horror novelist goes nowhere, but there's always an inventive nightmare scenario or a fun bit of action to keep things moving along past any bumps in the plot. Director Joseph Ruben wisely plays to the film's genre-based strengths, maintaining a taut pace and effectively using veteran actors like Christopher Plummer and Max Von Sydow to lend the film's conspiracy angle some dramatic weight. The film further benefits from some strong lead performances: Dennis Quaid uses his down to earth charm to make Alex Gardner a hero that is easy to relate to, and David Patrick Kelly is both scary and darkly witty as Gardner's eccentric (and psychotic) rival. Dreamscape's appeal is cemented by its creative dream sequences; the larger-scale special effects show their seams due to the low budget, but all the effects exhibit an expressionistic sense of imagination that makes them truly captivating (the most stunning is a train ride through a post-nuclear-war Washington). All in all, Dreamscape is a light but entertaining film that offers plenty of solid B-movie fun for genre enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 014381648751
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,291

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Alex Gardner
Max von Sydow Dr. Paul Novotny
Christopher Plummer Robert Blair
Eddie Albert The President
Kate Capshaw Dr. Jane Devries, Jane de Vries
David Patrick Kelly Tommy Ray Glatman
Timothy Blake Mrs. Blair
Andrew Boyer Webber's Brother
Kendall Carly Browne Mrs. Matusik
Alan Buchdahl Track Announcer
George Caldwell Buddy's Father
Larry Cedar The Snakeman
Kate Charleson President's Daughter
Trent Dolan Desk Guard
Carey Fox Tech Aide
Larry Gelman Mr. Webber
Redmond Gleeson Snead
Ernest Harada Gardener
Peter Jason Babcock
Betty Kean Grandma
Virginia Kiser President's Wife
Ben Kronen Train Conductor
Brian Libby McClaren
Marii Mak Tech Aide
John Malone Trolley Conductor
Madison Mason Fred Schoenstein
Chris Mulkey Finch
Carl Strano Edward Simms
Jana Taylor Mrs. Webber
Bob Terhune Dobbs
Fred M. Waugh Bill Hardy
George Wendt Charlie Prince
Cory "Bumper" Yothers
Technical Credits
Joseph Ruben Director, Screenwriter
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Cohn Curtis Producer
Tom Curtis Executive Producer
Richard Halsey Editor
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Peter Kuran Special Effects
David Loughery Original Story, Screenwriter
Craig Reardon Special Effects
Chuck Russell Producer, Screenwriter
Jeff Staggs Art Director
Richard Taylor Special Effects
Jerry Tokofsky Co-producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Stanley R. Zupnik Executive Producer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This is one of Dennis Quaid's best movies. Even though it is an old movie the special effects are excellenct. I like how the movie touches basis with reality.

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