Lathe of Heaven (2002)

Lathe of Heaven


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The Lathe of Heaven was a made-for-cable remake of the 1980 TV movie of the same name, both based upon the futuristic novel by Ursula K. LeGuin. Former child star Lukas Haas is effectively cast as George Orr, an otherwise ordinary man who experiences extraordinary dreams. When the visions in his head begin coming true -- and even seem to be altering reality -- the anguished Orr consults psychiatrist Walter Haber (James Caan), which is the first of many miscalculations on the part of the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
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as Dr. William Haber

as George Orr

as Heather Lelache

as Lelache's Secretary

as Mrs. Nakasumi

as Mr. Nakasumi

as Security Officer

as Search Man

as Waker/Host

as President Murtle

as Game Show Host

as TV Personality

as TV Personality

as TV Personality

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Alas, I find that the majority of critical sentiment goes agin me, on two counts. This has never stopped me before, however, so I'll just forge ahead. Up front: Although I'd never read this particular story, I'm a big Le Guin fan from way back. Count #1: With all due respect to PBS and their great mission, to Ms. Le Guin, and to all the gushing opinions from folks I respect, the original 1980 PBS adaptation of this story, starring Bruce Davison, is not very good at all. With full appreciation for their limited budget and their grand plan, the attempt falls way short of what I'd consider full entertainment value. The acting is, well, not good. And the story is about as chopped up as a south shore swell in the face of hurricane force winds from the north. Argh. Count #2: This particular adaptation is brilliant; I don't get all the negative criticism. Haas, Caan, and Bonet are very well-suited to their roles, and they work extremely well together. Sheila McCarthy and David Strathairn also provide awesome support playing the embodiment of the dream changed one and the seemingly changed but always cognizantly unchanged one, respectively. If you must, then watch the first one. Make sure, however, that you watch this one regardless.

Lanning : )

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I can make no comparison to the 1980 version which many people say is better, nor can I compare this to the book (yet). However, the phenomenal special effects, the simple elegance of the sets, and the topnotch acting talent make it worth watching.

Barbara C

Despite being a slow movie, this sci-fi drama was pretty solid and left you thinking some. All in all not bad for fans of this sub-genre but not for the passive sci-fi fan or those that struggle with very slow pacing.

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