In Dreams (film)

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In Dreams
In dreams.jpg
Directed by Neil Jordan
Produced by Charles Burke
Redmond Morris
Stephen Woolley
Screenplay by Bruce Robinson
Neil Jordan
Based on Doll's Eyes 
by Bari Wood
Starring Annette Bening
Katie Sagona
Aidan Quinn
Stephen Rea
Robert Downey, Jr.
Paul Guilfoyle
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Edited by Tony Lawson
Production
company
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates January 15, 1999 (USA)
April 30, 1999 (UK)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $12,017,369[3]

In Dreams is a 1999 psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Annette Bening as a New England illustrator who begins experiencing visions of a missing child who turns out to be her own daughter; through her dreams, she begins having psychic connections to a serial killer responsible for the murder of her daughter and several other local children.

Plot[edit]

Claire Cooper (Bening) is a suburban housewife and mother who illustrates children's stories and is married to an airline pilot (Aidan Quinn). Her world unravels when her daughter is kidnapped and brutally murdered.

Claire is haunted by her daughter's murderer, a serial killer named Vivian Thompson (Downey). She has several visions of murders he commits next. When doctors diagnose her as psychotic, Claire is committed to a mental institution. She receives a vision of Vivian kidnapping another child, so she escapes to track him down and stop him from killing again.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

In Dreams received negative reviews from critics. Christopher Null from filmcritic.com gave the film two stars out of five, stating, "The story never comes together, despite an intriguing performance from Bening as a complete nut job."[4] Adam Goldberg from All Movie Guide gave it three stars out of five, commenting that the film "is a mildly suspenseful but disjointed thriller.... Ultimately, In Dreams is The Exorcist meets A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it simply lacks a new and terrifying take on the dream/reality premise."[5] The film currently holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 51 reviews.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack to In Dreams was released on January 12, 1999.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Agitato Dolorosa"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 4:59
2. "Claire's Nocturne"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 2:38
3. "Pull of Red"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 2:07
4. "Appellatron"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 3:33
5. "Wraith Loops"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 3:27
6. "Rubber Room Stomp"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 2:00
7. "Pulled by Red"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 1:11
8. "Scytheoplicity"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 2:26
9. "In Dreams"   Roy Orbison 2:50
10. "Rebecca's Abduction"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 4:32
11. "Premonition Lento"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 1:42
12. "While We Sleep"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 2:36
13. "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)"   The Andrews Sisters 2:17
14. "Andante"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 3:38
15. "Elegy Ostinato"   Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra 4:11
16. "Dream Baby"   Elizabeth Fraser 4:30
Total length:
49:27[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copyright Application for In Dreams (January 27, 1999). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo Budget. Retrieved March 3, 2014
  3. ^ Box Office Mojo Total Gross. Retrieved March 3, 2014
  4. ^ http://www.filmcritic.com/reviews/1999/in-dreams/
  5. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/in-dreams-film
  6. ^ In Dreams Soundtrack AllMusic. Retrieved March 3, 2014

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