Liebestraum (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Figgis
Produced by Eric Fellner
Written by Mike Figgis
Starring Kevin Anderson
Pamela Gidley
Bill Pullman
Kim Novak
Zach Grenier
Music by Mike Figgis
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Martin Hunter
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 13, 1991 (1991-09-13)
Running time
112 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $133,645 (Domestic)[1]

Liebestraum (German for "dream of love") is a 1991 American mystery film written and directed by Mike Figgis and starring Kevin Anderson, Pamela Gidley, Bill Pullman, Zach Grenier, Alicia Witt and Taina Elg, with Kim Novak in her last film role.[2][3][4]


The story follows two affairs, a generation apart. Nick (Kevin Anderson), a professor of architecture in upstate New York, comes to an Illinois town to be with his birth mother (Kim Novak) in the final days of her illness; he was adopted and has never met her before. On the first day, he runs into Paul (Bill Pullman), a college friend, whose construction company is demolishing an old, downtown department store where a murder-suicide happened 30 years before. The building is a beautiful cast-iron construction, so Nick wants to study it before the demolition. Paul introduces Nick to his wife, Jane (Pamela Gidley), a photographer who wants to portray the same building. Over the next four days, Nick and Jane's attraction grows, as Nick explores the old building, attends his mother's bedside, and unravels the truth that links both of them with the developing events in his and Jane's life.


  • Kevin Anderson ... Nick Kaminsky
  • Pamela Gidley ... Jane Kessler
  • Bill Pullman ... Paul Kessler
  • Kim Novak ... Lillian Anderssen Munnsen
  • Graham Beckel ... Sheriff Pete Ricker
  • Zach Grenier ... Barnard Ralston IV
  • Thomas Kopache ... Dr. Parker
  • Anne Lange ... Nurse #1
  • Jack Wallace ... Mike
  • Max Perlich ... Orderly #1
  • Catherine Hicks ... Mary Parker
  • Roger Howarth ... Boy in Rain
  • Ian Rob Witt ... Boy in Dream
  • Alicia Witt ... Girl in Dream (as Alicia Roanne Witt)
  • Taina Elg ... Old Mother Ralston
  • Tom McDermott ... Night Porter
  • Joseph McKenna ... Day Clerk
  • Hugh Hurd ... Orderly #2
  • Joe Aufiery ... Buddy
  • Harper Harris ... Nurse #2
  • Karen Sillas ... Nurse #3
  • Tracy Thorne ... Nurse #4
  • Bill Raymond ... Matt
  • Nola Mae Sanders ... Maria
  • Lorie Blanding ... Barmaid
  • Sarah Fearon ... Young Lillian Munnsen
  • Bernie Sheredy ... Barnett Ralston III

Release and distribution[edit]

When Liebestraum made its VHS debut, it was released in two editions — the R-rated theatrical version and an unrated director's cut. The DVD release, part of MGM's Avant-Garde Cinema series, features only the R-rated version. However, the deleted scene that marks the single difference between the two edits is included as a bonus feature on the disc.[5]


  1. ^ "Liebestraum". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Liebestraum". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ [1] IMDB
  4. ^ SFGate, August 29, 2010: Kim Novak surfaces to retrace past in boxed set Relinked 2014-06-20
  5. ^ "Reel DVD Review". Archived from the original on March 22, 2004. Retrieved September 6, 2013. , comments by Pam Grady.

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