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Lathe of Heaven (1980)

Cast: Margaret Avery, Margaret Avery, Kevin Conway, more...
Director: Fred Barzyk, Fred Barzyk, David Loxton, more...
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Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 100 min.
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Synopsis
Based on the novel by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven is a special-effects lover's smorgasbord. Set in futuristic Portland, Oregon, the film stars Bruce Davidson as a man prone to fantastic dreams. When these dreams start coming true, only Davidson at first is aware of it: "my dreams changed everything that came before them-and nobody knows it but me!" Well, that's not entirely true. Davidson's psychiatrist Kevin Conway proves beyond doubt that Davidson's dreams are coming true. Unfortunately, Conway is of an avaricious nature, and he fully intends to harness Davidson's subconscious for his own gain-all the while convincing himself that he's doing it for the good of Mankind. Advertised as PBS' "first major" made-for-TV movie, The Lathe of Heaven premiered January 9, 1980. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Follow the Rules by bakedpotato December 22, 2004 - 5:39 PM PST
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SPOILER ALERT!!!......Yeah, right. Like I'm going to go and tell you all about the Lathe of Heaven and what I thought about it. Aha! But that would be breaking bakedpotato rule #1: the less you know about a movie before you see it, the better. Then again, bakedpotato rules #2-40 all involve a heinous plot to take over the world, so maybe you should read one of those other reviews. Alright, alright!! If you must know, at the end of the movie there's a big dance party and everyone is invited. There I've ruined the film for you, are you happy now? - 5 Leaves

Not all it's cracked up to be by tboot July 15, 2002 - 11:06 AM PDT
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11 out of 12 members found this review helpful
The Lathe of Heaven has developed quite a reputation over the years. Originally made for TV, it remained unseen and unreleased on video for years after its broadcast on PBS. I remember being bowled over by it back on its first broadcast when I was a young sci-fi fanatic, but it sadly seems to be a case of absence making the heart grow fonder. On the plus side, Bruce Davison is terrific, and the production design is impressive--they obviously had very little money, but they pull off a great look. Love those aliens! But the film is both a head-scratcher and a snoozer. The character are all very smart people doing very dumb things, and doing them over and over. The film ends with an endless psychedelic dream sequence that seems to want to out-do 2001, but instead reveals its threadbare TV origins and comes off just plain cornball. I'll give it points for being a rare attempt to make a serious science fiction film for TV, but it's interesting more as a time capsule than a successful film.




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So, just what is this "reality" thing anyhow...
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Some entertaining little mindf*ckery for the schizophrenic in all of us
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