Dream Lover (1986)





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Director Alan J. Pakula does the best anyone can with this complicated tale of what happens when the dream state and the waking state are confused and intermingled. While at home alone one day, Kathy Gardner (Kristy McNichol) defends herself against an intruder by stabbing him in the back. Now when she tries to sleep she keeps on having nightmares about the incident. Enter Michael Hansen (Ben Masters) a dream researcher who postulates that the actions in a dream state can be channeled into real but controlled actions. These real actions then harmlessly release tension or anger or whatever is at issue. The problem is that his research is not thoroughly tested, and Kathy may not be the best subject to use as a guinea pig.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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MGM Home Entertainment

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John McMartin
as Martin
Kristy McNichol
as Kathy Gardner
Ben Masters
as Michael Hansen
Matthew Long
as Vaughn Capisi
Jon Polito
as Doctor James
Paul Shenar
as Ben Gardner
Ellen Parker
as Nurse Jennifer
Joseph Culp
as Danny
Paul West
as Shep
Charles West
as Man at Hilton Hotel
Justin Deas
as Kevin McCann
Dennis Creaghan
as Policeman
Brenda Cowling
as Hotel Manager
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[The filmmakers] wager everything on the audience finding mid-'80s dream research to be the height of compelling cinema.

Full Review… | November 11, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Initially fascinating but inanely developed.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015

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