PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Horror
A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.
Kevin Costner was offered the role of Tommy Ray Glatman but turned it down because he did not want to play a supporting role.
A woman died, Tommy!
Tommy Ray Glatman: Everybody dies.
Although the movie is fictitious, the underlying premise is completely absurd in that if someone dies in their dream, they die in real life. Millions of people all over the world have reported that they have died in their dreams, and at the moment of death in their dreams, they simply woke up.
When reclassified by the BBFC in 2000 the nunchaku weapon was no longer deemed a problem to pass on film following a weapons rethink in 1999. The BBFC waived the 28 seconds of cuts made to previous versions. Dreamscape was cut for the UK cinema upon original release in 1984 and video issues also suffered the same edits. The scene on the train where Alex meets Tommy is shorter as it features the infamous nunchaku, which rarely made it onto the British Screen at this time, and shots of a man's severed heart were also removed by the UK censor. This scene can be seen in the TV version which was shown on BBC1 albeit minus a few "strong" words. When the BBFC reclassified the film in 2000 under newer guidelines the nunchaku was no longer a problem and they waived the aforementioned cuts.
$2,257,627 19 August 1984