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      Dreamscape

      PG-13 1984 1 hr. 35 min. Sci-Fi List
      79% 33 Reviews Tomatometer 46% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Selfish teen Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) is coerced into joining a government project in which psychics like him are trained to enter others' dreams. He starts learning to use his abilities to do good, but before long, a new official, Bob Blair (Christopher Plummer), seizes control of the project. A writer (George Wendt) helps Alex uncover Blair's true motives, which involve assassination via dreams. Soon, only Alex and a beautiful scientist (Kate Capshaw) stand in the way of something terrible. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Critics Consensus

      Dreamscape mixes several genres -- horror, sci-fi, action -- and always maintains a sense of adventure and humor.

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      Steve D Nightmare on Elm Street as an action film. Not as good but fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Jason D How do audiences give this a rotten score? So innovative for its time. Dreamscape walked so Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Inception could run! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/31/23 Full Review Yoosik Ethan O I grew up watching this on a VCR in the ‘80's. Very fun underrated sci fi thriller. Long before the Matrix, this film came up about entering a dream world, and if you die there, you die for real. The dream sequences are so 80's special effects and exciting, but few and far in between. But the rest of the film comes with a great story involving corrupt governments using this technology and Dennis Quaid fighting to expose it. Definitely worth watching for a fun 80's night if you've never seen it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review robert p Written by Roger Zelazny, this movie is okay, Roger pulled his name off because he didn't want his name attached to this film. Regardless this is a fairly good movie!!!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Based on an outline that Roger Zelazny wrote, his novella "He Who Shapes" and the novel The Dream Master, this wasn't made with any other input from the author. At least he got paid! The story is credited to David Loughery, who wrote the fifth Star Trek and I still wonder why God needs a starship. The script is from Chuck Russell, who would go on to make A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and The Blob. Director Joseph Ruben made The Pom Pom Girls, The Stepfather, The Good Son and Sleeping With the Enemy. He knows how to make entertaining trash and I say that in the kindest of ways. Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) might be a psychic, but he doesn't want tested any more. Not after all the poking and prodding in his youth by Dr. Paul Novotny (Max von Sydow). But when Novotny saves him from some low level goons who want to use Gardner's psychic powers, he starts listening to how he's now involved in government-funded psychic research. What really gets Alex on board is one look at Dr. Jane DeVries (Kate Capshaw). The goal is to send people into the dreamscape. There's some exposition about the Senoi natives of Malaysia thinking that the dream world is as real as our own and you know me, I'm always here for movie BS. Tommy Ray Glatman (David Patrick Kelly) is the only person who has entered the dreamscape, but he's a daddy and old lady murdering maniac, so luckily Alex can get in and help little kids get over their bad dreams. Horror novelist Charlie Prince (George Wendt) — who wrote a book called Stab, so is this Scream universe canon? — tells Alex that he's just a weapon to be used by Bob Blair (Christopher Plummer) to kill the President (Eddie Albert) and preserve the military industrial complex. Yeah, a lot happens. The end of this movie is wild. Alex is inside the President's post-nuclear terror dream, as mutants hunt the President and Tommy Ray has nunchuks and can also be a snake man before Alex takes the form of Tommy's dad, tells the final boss that he loves him and then the leader of the free world stabs the bad guy from behind, killing him, because even the most hopeful of Presidents still ordered drone strikes. Then our hero goes into Blair's dream and straight up kills him so he can be with Kate Capshaw. The second PG-13 movie ever released — after Red Dawn — this is also the second movie that Kate Capshaw would be in in 1984 where a man's heart is ripped out of his chest. You know, I love this goofy movie. The effects are dated, there's fog everywhere and the poster is totally trying to make you think Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's one of the first movies I ever rented and watching it again, it made me so happy knowing that I can just put it on at any time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review antonis k Despite an interesting concept? the film fails to capitalize it's cast or the story in a way to make it's existence memorable. (4/10) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Film [from a screen story by David Loughery] centers on 'dreamlinking', the psychic projection of one person's consciousness into a sleeping person's subconscious, or his dreams. If that sounds far-fetched, it is. May 30, 2007 Full Review Time Out This is as good a piece of solid, down-the-line schlock as anything to come along since Halloween III. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Most movies that try to crowd so much into an hour and a half end up looking like a shopping list, but Dreamscape works, maybe because it has a sense of humor. Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A typically exuberant fantasy flick from the ’80s. Rated: 3/4 May 8, 2023 Full Review Alan Jones Starburst An engaging if workmanlike paranoia fantasy. Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...too violent for kids, and too silly for adults... Rated: 3/5 Sep 23, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Selfish teen Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) is coerced into joining a government project in which psychics like him are trained to enter others' dreams. He starts learning to use his abilities to do good, but before long, a new official, Bob Blair (Christopher Plummer), seizes control of the project. A writer (George Wendt) helps Alex uncover Blair's true motives, which involve assassination via dreams. Soon, only Alex and a beautiful scientist (Kate Capshaw) stand in the way of something terrible.
      Director
      Joseph Ruben
      Screenwriter
      Joseph Ruben
      Production Co
      Bella Productions
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 21, 2016
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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