In Dreams (film)
|Directed by||Neil Jordan|
|Produced by||Charles Burke
|Screenplay by||Bruce Robinson
|Based on||Doll's Eyes
by Bari Wood
Robert Downey, Jr.
|Music by||Elliot Goldenthal|
|Editing by||Tony Lawson|
|Distributed by||DreamWorks Pictures|
|Release dates||January 15, 1999 (USA)
April 30, 1999 (UK)
|Running time||98 minutes|
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.
In Dreams has the distinction of being the last film Downey completed before being sent to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran on drug charges.
Claire Cooper (Bening) is a suburban housewife and mother who illustrates children's stories and is married to an airline pilot (Aidan Quinn). Her perfect 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.
- Annette Bening as Claire Cooper
- Katie Sagona as Rebecca Cooper
- Aidan Quinn as Paul Cooper
- Robert Downey, Jr. as Vivian Thompson
- Paul Guilfoyle as Detective Jack Kay
- Kathleen Langlois as Snow White
- Jennifer Berry as Hunter
- Amelia Claire Novotny as Prince
- Kristin Sroke as Hunter
- Robert Walsh as Man at School Play
- Denise Cormier as Woman at School Play
- John Fiore as Policeman
- Ken Cheeseman as Paramedic
- Dennis Boutsikaris as Doctor Stevens
- Stephen Rea as Doctor Silverman
- Margo Martindale as Nurse Floyd
- June Lewin as Kindly Nurse
- Pamela Payton-Wright as Ethel
- Krystal Benn as Ruby
- Dorothy Dwyer as Foster Mother
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." 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."
The score was composed by Elliot Goldenthal.