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Dream Lover (1993)

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A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

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Nicholas Kazan

Writer:

Nicholas Kazan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Ray
Mädchen Amick ... Lena
Fredric Lehne ... Larry
Bess Armstrong ... Elaine
Larry Miller ... Norman
Kathleen York ... Martha
Kate Williamson ... Mrs. Sneeder
Tom Lillard Tom Lillard ... Hank Sneeder
William Shockley ... Buddy
Carl Sundstrom Carl Sundstrom ... Officer
Irwin Keyes ... Officer
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Minister
Joseph Scoren ... Martha's Lawyer (as Joseph Scorsiani)
Archie Lang Archie Lang ... Judge #1
Clyde Kusatsu ... Judge Kurita
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Storyline

Ray is young, charming, successful and the owner of a prosperous architect company. However, he has recently gone through a very painful divorce. His friends try to cheer him up by showing him the positive sides of being single but for Ray marriage and stability is just too important. But when he meets Lena his gloom is quickly forgotten. She is beautiful, sensual, mysterious and he is drawn to her like a moth to a candle. They marry quickly, have their first child and Ray lives in a total bliss. But then strange incidents occur which shed some light on Lena's background. Ray slowly realizes that he hardly knows anything about her at all. Who has he really married? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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If you think you know your lover. Think again. Especially if she's your wife.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une épouse trop parfaite See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,701, 8 May 1994

Gross USA:

$256,264

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,264
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Ray is admitted to Willow point on his admissions report it shows the apprehended date of 8/15/91 and his date of birth is 6-12-61 but next to his age it says he is 36 years old. See more »

Quotes

Ray: No matter who you were, and no matter who you are, and no matter who you will be, I'm going to love you.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated U.S. video release includes 4 minutes of additional footage with sex scenes between James Spader and Mädchen Amick. See more »


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DON'T GIVE IT UP
Written by Vincent Taylor
Performed by Jah Messengers
Courtesy of Heartbeat Records
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Incoherent but somewhat worthwhile thriller
30 November 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Dream Lover is one odd little film. On one hand, it's a Neo-Noir style mystery romantic thriller, but for some reason; supernatural themes are constantly hinted at through the tone, title and dream sequences featured throughout the film. I have to say that it really looks like director Nicholas Kazan wasn't really sure what he wanted the film to be, and what we've ended up with is a disjointed blending of a few different genres, which hasn't come out all that well. Still, Dream Lovers does manage an interesting story in spite of this; and while I'm biased because I love a good mystery thriller, I'd say it's just about worth seeing. The plot focuses on Ray Reardon (not the snooker player), a man who has just split with his wife. It's not long before he meets the beautiful Lena Mathers, whom he falls in love, marries and has kids with...before realising that he doesn't really know anything about her. Oops! Around the same time, strange events transpire and it becomes obvious to Ray that Lena isn't who she appears to be, and so he endeavours to get to the bottom of who she is.

James Spader takes the lead role and both acts and looks the part that he is playing. He is joined by the suitably sexy Mädchen Amick, who is both sultry and seductive in her role. The leads do have chemistry together, and while the film is in no way as sexy as Nicholas Kazan obviously thinks it is, there are no problems on the acting front. The plot really is all over the place, yet somehow it still manages to be rather predictable and despite being a mystery, Dream Lover soon sets itself into a rhythm. I don't like the title very much, as it gives the complete wrong impression of the film - and while it sort of makes sense given what happens, it could have been marketed better. It all boils down to a decent enough ending which, while not very clever, manages to make sense in spite of the fact that it's all a little bit silly, and the final sequence is by far and away the most powerful in the film. Overall, I can't really give Dream Lovers high recommendations, but it's enjoyable and I think the majority of negative comments directed against it are unfair.


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