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Dream For An Insomniac (1998)

Ione Skye , Jennifer Aniston , Tiffanie DeBartolo  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ione Skye, Jennifer Aniston, Mackenzie Astin, Michael Landes, Seymour Cassel
  • Directors: Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • Writers: Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • Producers: Charles Kirkwood, Christopher Lloyd, John Hackett, Phyllis Housen, Rita Rokisky
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F1YS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dream For An Insomniac" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Ione Skye ("Say Anything") stars in this San Francisco-based coffeehouse comedy as a waitress who finds the man of her dreams in aspiring writer Mackenzie Astin. But there's a slight problem: he's in love with someone else! With Jennifer Aniston, Michael Landes and Seymour Cassel. 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Philosopher's Dream November 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Dream for an Insomniac" is an incredible movie that I truly didn't think I would enjoy. When I first saw it, I thought it was going nowhere, but it turned out to be one of my favorite movies ever (second only to "Gone With the Wind.")
I know a lot of people think this movie in unrealistic and fails where other Gen X movies succeeded. My note to them is that this movie isn't a typical Hollywood romantic comedy, which is why it was done independently. You have to acknowledge and respect Tiffani DeBartolo (writer and director) for her wonderful sense of language. I realize some people do not talk like Frankie, David, Allison, Roberto, and Juice, but that is not the point. Enjoy this movie for the lessons in life and love it has to offer. There are so many lines from this movie that have become my mottos.
"Anything less than mad, passionate, extraordinary love is a waste of time. There are too many mediocre things in life to deal with and love shouldn't be one of them."
"I either get what I want or I change my mind."
Please just give this movie a chance. I know not everyone will like it, but don't knock it until you see it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie September 27, 2005
I have watched this movie over and over. I disagree with the editorial review that says that Frankie is "utterly spoiled and obnoxious." Do these people watch the movies they review at all?? She is an aspiring actress, and as such, she is perhaps overly dramatic and prone to overly contrived speeches. But, aren't all aspiring actresses (professional or merely by lifestyle) that way? And don't our friends love us anyway? Are we not entitled to love?

I am sprawled across my red, velvet chaise, wrapped in a marabou stole utterly distraught over that review. I cannot go on.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. January 10, 2000
By E.M.T
Format:VHS Tape
I picked this movie up by chance one night while looking for some "hidden treasure" among the aisles at my local video store. I found it in Dream for an Insomniac. Although I am the eternal optimist, I found myself able to relate to Frankie and crew even through the sometimes cheezy dialoug. (Hey it happens in real life too!) I found myself repeating lines as I went about work the next day, "Anything less than mad passionate extraordinary is a waste of time." I have tuned some of my friends into believers as well. Not everyone will appreciate the romance and the humor, no. But not everyone understands Shakespeare either! If you are one of the few who fell in love with someone who "when they are not with you, you wish that they were in your arms..." then I reccommend you watching DFI. You make not fall head over heels, like I did. But some parts of you will be touched.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting November 18, 2004
By Grace
This movie is for all the romantics out there. I couldn't have picked a cuter movie if I wanted to. Ione Skye, Jennifer Anniston, and Mackenzie Astin are absolutely fabulous. The writing, the creativity and the chemistry is amazing. I can't say enough good things about this film. I fell in love with it and finally found it to buy and jumped at the chance. To this day I still watch it over and over. The characters are smart, witty, and charming. If you are into romantic comedies this one is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites January 4, 2007
This movie is not well know, but is one of the best romantic comedies I own. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I saw the title of this film, and by chance I picked it up and decided to rent it. I watched it right after I watched Reality Bites (I was into a whole depressive thing today I guess), and I watched it through the eyes of someone who knows what its like to not sleep. At first I thought something was wrong when the movie started out in Black and white, but it was made clear of the purpose for that once Frankie meets *the One*. I loved this movie because I imagine all the time that the guy I love (who sadly knows not about that) would try to help me sleep... (hes an insomniac too), because I know what its like to not go to sleep because of being tired of being alone. Watch this movie if you are in love :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie rocked my world. Melted my heart. October 4, 1999
By A Customer
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Awesome romantic comedy. Intelligent as hell. Highly recommended. Ione Skye fans should also check out Gas Food Lodging and Say Anything. Dream For An Insomniac is a Dream Come True for a Hopeless Romantic (such as myself). Rent it. Buy it from It's inexpensive. You'll thank me. -Skip Frederiksen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully intellectual- true and complete use of March 8, 2000
By A Fan
Format:VHS Tape
Never before have I seen such a breathtaking romance. I disagree with anyone that says Aniston should have the leading role- I don't think she's intelligent enough to pull of what Ione Skye did. This is the epitome of intellectualism in a cynical society that has turned its back on the true beauty of life: beautiful words that go deeper than simply sounding pleasing to the ear. Though some may argue about its unrealistic plot, what in this world is idealistic anyway? It's emotionaly inspiring and intellectually stimulating- not to mention incredible characters. A must see for anyone with a true appreciation for literature and romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay movie
The movie wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but it wasn't a bad movie either. It was just okay.
Published 5 months ago by Susan K. Schrader
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition delivered quickly
I had this movie on VHS and wanted to get it on DVD. This was delivered quickly and in excellent quality!
Published on December 12, 2010 by rhaber7
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!!
I love this movie. It is cute and romantic and funny...everything you want from a chick flick! Ione Skye is wonderful in this movie and I adore how her character is flawed but... Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by TamTam
2.0 out of 5 stars Dream For an Insomniac
This movie starts in black and white. I am not a person that likes that unless it is a classic movie. Read more
Published on August 27, 2010 by Brian Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up fairy tale
If you were the little girl who loved to fall asleep while reading fairy tales under the covers, into the wee hours by the glow of a flashlight, then this is the movie for you... Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by chercat
2.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Aniston
I didn't like this movie, maybe because of Jennifer Anniston and her lack of acting abilities.
Published on May 21, 2009 by M. Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I was happy to see that the movie played well and was in excellent condition
Published on May 8, 2009 by Humelia Navarro
5.0 out of 5 stars great cast, guilty pleasure
This movie is really great if you take it for what it is - a fun romantic comedy. It's actually kind of edgy for a 90's era Jennifer Aniston flick. Read more
Published on November 16, 2007 by Angela D. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars FAIR
Published on August 24, 2007 by Scot R. Lojewski
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This movie is such a complete waste of time. Don't be fooled by all of the fake reviews on this website. This movie is awful.
Published on August 8, 2006 by Queequeg
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