What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

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Director: Vincent Ward

Cast: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra

     
 

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Based on a metaphysical 1978 novel by science fiction and horror author Richard Matheson, this romantic fantasy-drama won an Oscar for its expensive and impressive visual vistas depicting an imaginative afterlife. Robin Williams stars as Chris Nielsen, a doctor who has suffered with his artist wife Annie (Annabella Sciorra) through the devastating loss of their… See more details below

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Based on a metaphysical 1978 novel by science fiction and horror author Richard Matheson, this romantic fantasy-drama won an Oscar for its expensive and impressive visual vistas depicting an imaginative afterlife. Robin Williams stars as Chris Nielsen, a doctor who has suffered with his artist wife Annie (Annabella Sciorra) through the devastating loss of their children, Marie and Ian, who were killed in a car accident. Although Annie's all-consuming depression nearly destroyed their marriage, the couple rebuilt their relationship and are now living out a comfortable middle age. Stopping one night to help a motorist in a wreck, Chris is struck by a car and killed. At first confused about where he is, Chris meets Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a spiritual guide who helps him to realize he's passed away and that he must move on to the next world. After trying with only limited success to communicate with the devastated Annie, Chris moves on and discovers an afterlife that can become whatever one envisions, where even his pet dog awaits him. What Chris envisions as paradise are the paintings of his wife, and he happily takes up residence there, awaiting the far-off day when Annie will eventually join him. He also meets his children, although they have chosen different appearances than the ones they had in life. Then tragedy strikes when Annie, inconsolable, commits suicide and goes to Hell. Although it is rarely done, Chris insists on traveling there, risking his eternal soul to save the woman he loves. Accompanied part of the way by Albert and a wizened guide called The Tracker (Max von Sydow), Chris finally reaches Annie in Hell, and must convince her of the truth in order to release her from her dark prison.

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The Vincent Ward-directed What Dreams May Come had the misfortune of arriving just as public tolerance for Robin Williams in sentimental roles was waning dramatically. Though the much-seen Patch Adams was still to come,Dreams doubtlessly suffered from the rejection of those already burned by Fathers' Day, Jack, and their ilk -- which is too bad. Though the film treads the dangerous line between spirituality and kitsch, its deeply imaginative vision of the afterlife is both memorable -- especially the production design -- and moving. In many ways, it's a triumph of low expectations. Williams, Sciorra, and Gooding all turn in affecting performances. Similarly, screenwriter Ronald Bass may seem like the wrong person to tame the New Age qualities of Richard Matheson's story but, like the work of Krystof Kieslowski (if not quite in the same league) and the film The Sixth Sense, Ward proves that bad metaphysics can be converted into highly effective metaphors. Though not without its excesses, any film that can get away with scenes of a despondent Williams wandering paradise with his beloved pooch demonstrates an admirable ability to succeed on its own unique terms. Look fast for Werner Herzog as one of Hell's lost souls.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
UPC:
0025192084669
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
22,536

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Chris Nielsen
Cuba Gooding Albert
Annabella Sciorra Annie Nielsen
Max von Sydow The Tracker
Jessica Brooks Grant Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock Ian Nielsen
Rosalind Chao Leona

Technical Credits
Vincent Ward Director
POP Animation Special Effects
Barnet Bain Producer
Ronald Bass Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan C. Blomquist Co-producer
David Brenner Editor
Cindy Carr Set Decoration/Design
Digital Domain Special Effects
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Ted Field Executive Producer
P.O.P. Film Special Effects
Masters FX Makeup Special Effects
Maysie Hoy Editor
Erica Huggins Executive Producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Erin Kemp Set Decoration/Design
David Kneupper Sound Editor
Scott Kroopf Executive Producer
Aric Lasher Set Decoration/Design
Heidi Levitt Casting
Alicia MacCarone Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Robertson Special Effects Supervisor
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Stephen Simon Producer
Ellen M. Somers Special Effects Supervisor
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
Jake Strelow Set Decoration/Design
Peter Michael Sullivan Sound Editor
Dawn Swiderski Set Decoration/Design
Tomas Voth Art Director
Christian Wintter Art Director
Eugenio Zanetti Production Designer
Richard Matheson Source Author

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Featurette: What Dreams May Come ; Alternate ending ; The Visual effects ; Feature commentary with director Vincent Ward ; Theatrical trailer

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