Saturday Matinee: The Lathe of Heaven

“The Lathe of Heaven” (1980)  PBS television adaptation of the 1971 science fiction novel The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s directed by David Loxton and Fred Barzyk (Between Time and Timbuktu)  and stars Bruce Davison as protagonist George Orr, Kevin Conway as Dr. William Haber, and Margaret Avery as lawyer Heather LeLache. In Portland sometime in the near future, George Orr is charged as a drug offender for taking medications which he needs to prevent dreaming since he fears that his dreams affect reality. Under the care of William Haber, it’s discovered that Orr is not delusional and attempts to make use of the dreams to solve an array of social problems with results that are provocatively pessimistic.

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2 Responses to Saturday Matinee: The Lathe of Heaven

  1. Lara/Trace says:

    It made me think of this: “Those who lose their Dreaming are truly lost ”
    Indigenous Australian proverb

  2. Kenneth T. says:

    I saw this movie about 8 or 9 years ago. I thought it a bit strange. I don’t remember much else about it. The ending surprised me.

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