The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

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.



dreams, ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), reality, hypnosis, psychiatrist, subconscious, Utopia