Year: 1984

Production: Bella Productions / Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises

Director: Joe Ruben

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly

Screenwriter: David Loughery, Chuck Russell, Joe Ruben

Based on a story by David Loughery

95 minutes; Color

A gambler with psychic powers (Quaid) is persuaded to take part in experiments in "dreamlinking" at a reseach center. He learns how to enter other people's dreams and interact with them. There is a plot to murder the President, who has been having dreams of nuclear holocaust, by using an evil psychic to assassinate him during a nightmare, but the Quaid character intervenes in the dream. The theme can be tracked back at least to "Dreams are Sacred" (1948 Astounding Science Fiction) by Peter Phillips, and a similiar notion would later be the focus of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. In Dreamscape the penny-dreadful thriller plot is so ludicrous that it is only the dreams themselves that have much entertainment value. The effects are lively, especially in the climactic vision of Washington in flames after the Bomb.

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