Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David Loughery, with Chuck Russell and Ruben co-writing.
The premise of the film
is a U.S. government
-funded project to train psychics
to enter other people's dreams
. Initially a clinic to diagnose and treat sleep disorders
, particularly in the form of nightmares
, the project goes awry when the President of the United States
is admitted as a patient, and sinister agents use the President's nightmares in an attempt to have him assassinated
. The hero
, Alex Gardner (Quaid), aided by Jane DeVries (Capshaw) uses his psychic gifts to save the day. The dream sequences include special effects, in particular a large snakeman and nuclear apocalyptic
scenes. A subplot of the film follows the love interest between Gardner and DeVries.
- The theatrical release of the film in certain U.S. cities (e.g. Tucson, Arizona) included a glaring editing error where two takes of the same scene were shown back-to-back. In both versions, Plummer's character enters the dormitory bedroom of Kelly's character and Kelly's character angrily speaks to Plummer. In the first version, which lasts about five-to-seven seconds, Kelly's character ended the take using the f-word. In the second version, the f-word was replaced with a mild adjective. Subsequent video and DVD versions of the film contain only the tamer version of the scene.
- Dreamscape was the third film, after The Flamingo Kid and Red Dawn, to receive the PG-13 rating under the MPAA rating system, although because of a delay in the release of The Flamingo Kid, Dreamscape was actually the second film released with that rating.
- Ranked #93 on Rotten Tomatoes' Journey Through Sci-Fi (100 Best-Reviewed Sci-Fi Movies)