(PG-13, 1:39:00, Released 1984)
|Genres:||Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Release Date:||Aug 17, 1984|
|DVD Release Date:||Jun 6, 2000|
|Starring:||Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, Cory "Bumper" Yothers, Andrew Boyer, George Wendt, Larry Gelman|
|Directed by:||Joseph Ruben|
|Synopsis:||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). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi|
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August 22, 2010
Classic 80s sci fi . . amazing cast when one looks at it . . Quaid, Von Sydow, Albert, Plummer, Capshaw .. Crazy how many people they got on board for this one. Was a fun movie for sure.
July 24, 2012
Tommy Ray Glatman: In this world, Alex, you're nothing. And me, I'm God.
"Close Your Eyes and The Adventure Begins"
Dreamscape is an extremely silly movie, but it isn't without its merits. Featuring a story that is a cross of Nightmare on Elm Street and Inception, Dreamscape has some interesting ideas about nightmares and how we could build a story around them. The movie is actually a pretty fun ride, looking back. There were moments when I said to myself, "This is stupid", but in the end I liked it just enough. There's some interesting stuff that balances out all the bad things. Such as the performances from Plummer and von Sydow balancing out the performance of Quaid, who wasn't horrible, but had moments where he was.
Dreamscape follows a man named Alex, who has endless psychic ability, but gave it all up at the age of nineteen. Now he only uses his abilities to pick winning horses. He soon finds himself back in action though, when he asked to help out in a new area, called Dreamscape. He goes into the dreams of people and can do pretty much anything. Soon he finds out that someone has a more sinister use for Dreamscape then he at first thought. Now it is up to him to bring an end to it.
This is a movie that has that weird movie feel that can only come from the 80's. The effects are terrible when looked at today, and it made it kind of hard to watch, at times. Overall though, the effects were used in an almost humorous way, which actually made the movie more enjoyable. There were just a few instances where the effects seemed to overpower the interesting story that was taking place.
Dreamscape isn't a movie that is overly thrilling or engaging, it is just a decent way to spend an hour and a half. I didn't fall in love with it, but it could have been exponentially worse. As it is, I would it give a mild recommendation. I personally wouldn't run out to see it again, but there's some stuff in Dreamscape that could appeal to other people on a grander scale, than it did me.
January 17, 2011
A great adventure filled sci-fi thriller all about dreams and psychics. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it.
July 28, 2010
"Dreamscape" is an overlooked little film from 1984. Surely it's a bit dated, but that's part of it's charm. The visual effects are brilliant in this capturing vivid dream sequences and various images from troubled individual's psyche which help this film hold up quite well.
Dennis Quaid portrays a young psychic(Alex Gardner) who is coerced by his old friend and mentor Dr. Novotny(Max Von Sydow) into a research project that involves a new process known as "dreamlinking".
Talented psychics such as Alex are able to hook up to troubled subject's dreams via electrodes in which they are not only able to view the dream, but are able to participate, and possibly effect a remedy.
When the president of the United States comes into play as a troubled subject, things take a turn for for the worse as serious dreamscaping becomes called for. As a result, the process evolves into much more than ways to evade the "boogeyman".
June 18, 2010
Psychic movies donā??t come any better than this, one of the most fun sci-fi movies from the 80s. Dennis Quaid plays a great anti-hero in Alex Garner making you completely involved from the start. Add that to the awesome nightmare premise and government conspiracy cover-up and you have yourself one fun movie. It has a great sense of humor, but also a perfect sense of suspense throughout. The dream sequences are so interesting, especially the nuclear holocaust ending with David Patrick Kelly as a dream assassin with Bruce Lee fighting skills. The cast is great, Kate Capshaw is the hottest scientist known to man and Max Von Sydow delivers his usual excellence. I think this gets brushed over a lot, but itā??s really one of the most original and interesting sci-fi movies to come out of the decade.
October 10, 2009
Dennis QUaid's Han Solo like character is about all that I can say I liked in this one. I fell asleep about the time that the claymation snake came around.
July 14, 2007
Daft but enjoyable sci-fi thriller that's basically Scanners crossed with A Nightmare On Elm Street. The strong concept of psychics who can invade your dreams as assassins is a strong one, and its reasonably well done with some nicely surreal imagery (dodgy effects aside.) Would've been even better if they'd ditched the sappy happy ending and ended it a scene earlier...
May 21, 2007
Don't know why, but I LOVE this movie! I guess the idea of being able to go into people's dreams sounds like fun.
February 21, 2007
Ahhhhh! A snake man!!!!
December 6, 2006
Enjoyable fantasy stuff.
March 9, 2006
For an 80's movie its amazing! Watch Innerspace battle the Warriors guy!
November 11, 2012
I really wish that I had seen this film, before I saw Inception. Of course you can't compare the graphics or special effects, in fact, the effects in Dreamscape are laughable by today's standards, but this was really the first movie to explore entering someones dreams. The story is wonderfully creative with unlimited possibilities, but at the time it was made, you couldn't rely on the special effects to make the movie, the way some films today do. What Dreamscape really needed was a young charismatic star to put the film over the top, and they found him in Dennis Quaid. The difference in his personality and the types of roles he chooses to take have done a complete turnaround over the last thirty years. The Dennis Quaid of today is a strong, emotionless character, who is determined to do whatever he sets his mind to. In Dreamscape he's funny, ambitious, and absolutely adds character to a story that could have gone either way. What the film loses in predictability and the sometimes slow pace, is more than made up for with Quaid's standout performance. I'd always heard good things about Dreamscape and how it was the inspiration for Inception, but it's a thirty year old film with outdated effects and some really cheesy stuff, I really didn't expect it to be as good it as it was.
July 11, 2011
Most of the effects are very dated, yet are still interesting, and the script isn't above being ridiculously dumb at times, but the film has a great sense of fun that makes it enjoyable. 1980s cheesy coolness.
fb25827189February 5, 2011
Loved the premise and the cast in this movie! Considering that this was made the same year as Nightmare on Elm Street it is hard to know who came up with the dream killer idea, but both films are very different.
For the time and its budget Dreamscape is very good.
August 16, 2010
It's okay. In recent years there have been better films about dreams.
August 17, 2012
It was kinda like old school inception.....I always had a crush on Dennis Quaid growing up.....I have a feeling like if I had watched it when I was younger I would have been obsessed but now it is was just good.
May 11, 2012
Dreamscape has some interesting ideas... shortof. The film is a bit like a dream itself. While you're in it, things make sense and you don't notice all the gaping holes in everything. But once you wake up, it's clear something was amiss. Except in this case, the holes are hard to miss even half asleep. Quaid, Sydow, and Plummer give it the college try, but the plot is severely underthought and a juvenile work of filmmaking.
fb50316760January 29, 2012
Before A nightmare on Elm Street and Inception there was this film. Not a bad idea, but it lacked the creative spark that these kinds of films require.
October 6, 2011
Dreamscape would be a great movie to remake in this CGI age, that is if Inception hadn't come out. Released the same year as A Nightmare on Elm Street, this movie about psychics being able to enter other people's dreams has its merits in the idea department, but is marred by a low-budget feel, obvious acting, and unfortunate blue screen and stop-motion effects that I'm surprised passed muster in 1984. An 'A' for effort, it's watchable, but not the movie of your dreams. Not Recommend.
December 29, 2010
Before there was Inception or Freddy, there was this movie. I loved this movie growing up. I thought it was a blast and an interesting sci fi concept. The guy turning into the cobra monster freaked me out when I was young, but not too scary. I totally doing this review by memory and the movie by memory is always better than the actual movie. I know the movie is dated now and the special effects are lame by today's standards, but it is still a campy/fun 80's film that I don't mind watching form time to time.
September 13, 2009
freaky concept, however, after seeing this movie, I started trying to control the content of nightmares and turn them in my favor, it worked. Thus ending years of troubling aweful nightmares! the mind is an amazing tool!
August 27, 2009
Cheesy and the special effects laughable compared to todays standard. But, it was watchable, and might be half way decent if remade.
August 23, 2009
The effects will definitely change the way you view this movie. As a concept, I find it intriguing. But it's quite easy to get hung up focusing on the early '80s effects. As always, I greatly enjoyed Dennis Quaid.
September 17, 2007
Woah, this movie really blows. I don't know what I was thinking when I watched it. I guess I figured Dennis Quaid & Max Von Sydow coudn't be that bad - but I was very wrong. The special effects are awful (although I'm sure they were decent in that day) and the acting, story and plot just aren't very good. It could be a "funny scary" film. Like those cult classics that are supposed to be frightening but are really just so silly you laugh...but I'd say it's definitely a waste.
July 23, 2007
Not much to recommend here. Who was the target audience? Has elements in common with Brainstorm, Altered States, and Scanners, but this was so dumb that it seems like it would only appeal to the 12 and under crowd.