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The Lathe of Heaven Reviews

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½ September 23, 2016
Can anyone be as naive as the main character? I left it at the mid point.
½ August 7, 2015
A faithful adaptation of the novel and a movie that still entertains 35 years later. Takes me back to a time when PBS was very diverse in it's programming.
½ August 29, 2014
At its heart there is an actually pretty good and original sci-fi story, but its low budget and the acting really lets it down to the point where it interferes with taking the film seriously.
October 9, 2012
Kind of a cult PBS favorite in which author Le Guin's award winning sci-fi novel about dreams that come true is brought to small budget TV, but true as it could be to the novel.
September 10, 2012
I think this is the most successful film adaptation of the "Philip K Dick style", which is ironic, because it's based on a book written by Ursula K LeGuin, as a tribute to PKD.
½ June 30, 2012
Great 80's sci-fi movie based on one of my favorite authors Ursula K. Leguin's Lathe of Heaven.Set in a futuristic vision of now times.The main character undergoes hypnosis with a certain therapist.When they learn that everything buddy dreams of under hypnosis has strange effects on the real world.The therapist begins using him as test subject making him dream of plagues and alien invasions and using his mental thelepathy at his advantage.the ending is twisted enough if you can make it there.All in all this might not be for every one but if you like the aspect of movies like Blade Runner and Altered States you might want to check this one out!!
July 2, 2011
This DVD is re-mastered from an old 2 inch video & looks it, but that aside this is brilliant Science Fiction. No future military crew taking battleships to distant stars to suppress the locals, it's about the possibility of dreams that can come true and the corrupting power that could come from such a thing if it got in the wrong hands. People who enjoyed films like Logan's Run and Primer will enjoy this.
½ April 24, 2011
Great 80's sci-fi movie based on one of my favorite authors Ursula K. Leguin's Lathe of Heaven.Set in a futuristic vision of now times.The main character undergoes hypnosis with a certain therapist.When they learn that everything buddy dreams of under hypnosis has strange effects on the real world.The therapist begins using him as test subject making him dream of plagues and alien invasions and using his mental thelepathy at his advantage.the ending is twisted enough if you can make it there.All in all this might not be for every one but if you like the aspect of movies like Blade Runner and Altered States you might want to check this one out!!
½ February 5, 2011
A lot of comparisons to Inception are emerging suddenly, which is wrong - the promise is, for the most part, fundamentally different. It's about absolute power, greed, transience of being - and the danger of working on incomplete assumptions.
It does have one thing in common with Inception - which I can't say without turning this into a spoiler - so I won't.
But don;t watch this on a sunday afternoon. The hypnotism sequences are so effective, there are time when this could have been called the Lethe of Heaven instead :)
January 11, 2011
kept well to the storyline, not as much emotion as there could be, either way, i'm excited to see the 200 remake!
September 5, 2010
Dreams can change what is. A marvelous study in achieving vast ideas with a tiny budget, The Lathe of Heaven is, on an intellectual level, the movie Inception should have been, and likely wanted to be. Reviewers squawking like headless chickens about the appearance of the special effects are completely missing the point.

This is a very unusual picture, and is made all the more unusual for having been a PBS television film (bet you didn't know such a thing existed! - most PBS dramas are British imports nowadays). For those not in the US, PBS is the US educational broadcaster.

There's quite a lot going on here, much of it very impressively realized in terms of imagery, all in all, it does actually hold up pretty well. Keep in mind it was made for less than $200,000 in 1979! (Although this does lead to some unintended humorous moments when those of us who are knowledgeable about TV production recognize that the crew were so strapped for cash that they reused their own equipment: In one sequence the "Augmenter" is very obviously an analogue vision mixer!)

Le Guin herself was heavily involved in the production and has expressed her approval of the work; those criticizing differences from the source matter are talking through their hats.

It is a real pity that the original film masters are lost and all that remained was apparently a telecine on quad tape. If you are used to watching seventies shows that have been digitized from kinoscopes you may be in for a bit of a shock. In spite of the re-mastering, there are significant video artifacts, including sometimes severe ghosting and loss of definition. If you are sufficiently unintelligent to be unable to look past this, this movie is not for you.
½ September 2, 2010
"Well anyway, you know what they say, neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them."
"And psychiatrists collect the rent."
June 13, 2010
This DVD is re-mastered from an old 2 inch video & looks it, but that aside this is brilliant Science Fiction. No future military crew taking battleships to distant stars to suppress the locals, it's about the possibility of dreams that can come true and the corrupting power that could come from such a thing if it got in the wrong hands. People who enjoyed films like Logan's Run and Primer will enjoy this.
May 31, 2010
Originally a made for TV PBS film, The Lathe of Heaven is one hell of an imaginative and extremely weird science fiction story based on the novel by Ursula K. La Guin.
Lathe of Heaven is set in the near future, where over population and nuclear war threaten to destroy the world. Bruce Davidson stars as George Orr, a man that thinks that his dreams can effect reality. He is forced to see a doctor after almost over dosing on a dream suppressing drug. The doctor soon discovers that George's dream changing abilities are indeed real, and begins to manipulate them for his own gain.
Interesting from beginning to end. Davidson is excellent in the lead role. A solid and thought provoking science fiction film, that only suffers slightly from a low production quality. Definitely worth watching. But make sure that you are in the mood for an unusual film.
½ January 25, 2010
Science fiction fans should seek out this well acted and wildly imaginative little gem from the 70's
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½ October 10, 2009
A corrupt scientist dangerously exploits a young man's ability to change reality via his dreams.This original made-for PBS version is hard to find, but worth the effort.
½ June 28, 2009
Made for tv and showing its age, with listless acting, but nicely faithful to the book.
June 24, 2009
Wow. Faithful to Ursula K. Le Guin's novel, and both are mind-blowing.
June 11, 2009
Mediocre at best. With somewhat interesting ideas behind it, Lathe is brought down only by every aspect of production, all in which it falls short. But what can one really expect from a PBS movie? Gotta love the aliens, though.
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