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Editorial Reviews

How well can you really know the one you love? OscarÂ(r) nominee* Nicholas Kazan explores this question in his "sensuous, deadly game of romantic cat-and-mouse" (Roger Ebert) that features "terrific" (The Hollywood Reporter) performances by James Spader and Mädchen Amick and weaves "a tight web of suspense" (Playboy)! After a bitter divorce, wealthy architect Ray (Spader) fears he'll never love again until he bumps into sexy, sophisticated Lena (Amick) and sparks begin to fly. Before long, they are happily married and have a family. But when Ray's suspicious nature gets the best of him and he begins to investigate Lena's past, what he finds may not only threaten the state of their marriage but also Ray's life! *1990: Adapted Screenplay, Reversal of Fortune


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  • Actors: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne, Bess Armstrong, Larry Miller
  • Directors: Nicholas Kazan
  • Writers: Nicholas Kazan
  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Elon Dershowitz, Lauren Lloyd, Louis G. Friedman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001VTPUE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dream Lover" on IMDb

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By e5150 on June 2, 2004
Format: DVD
...because his performance here is spot-on perfect, especially when the suspicion starts to brew. You can truly feel his anguish. Madchen Amick is also in the groove as her psychosis slowly comes to fruition. The secondary characters are thankfully left in the background, as they're not very interesting and the focus is kept on the burgeoning tension between man and wife. When Spader finally snaps you wish you were there with him laying the smack down.
That they didn't release the unrated version is a travesty, but fortunately no plot is lost in this version (only some great nudity and hot sex with Madchen). At any rate this dvd is worth it for James Spader's performance of a lifetime, and the superb if unoriginal story.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2004
Format: DVD
"Dream Lover" on VHS, was available as both the cut-to-shreds R-rated version, and as the Special Unrated Version, which was absolutely superior. I cannot get an answer from MGM, so I wonder, will this yet-to-be-released R-rated DVD be the two-thumbs down cut version, or has MGM made the only worthwhile decision to release this wonderful film in all its uncut unrated splendor (!)???
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2004
Format: DVD
MGM has made the weak decision to release this wonderful film in the cut-to-shreds R-rated version, instead of the Special Unrated Version, in all its original uncut unrated splendor. MGM blows! Don't waste your money, just wait for the Special Unrated Version. Some company of worth will release it soon, we hope!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RKL on June 5, 2004
Format: DVD
Finally, 'Dream Lover' makes it's debut on dvd. I thoroughly enjoyed this film the first time I saw it. I bought the unrated VHS version and waited for it to appear on dvd. Ironically, MGM chose not to use the unrated version and in the process, cheating viewers out of about 10 minutes of additional footage. If you watch the trailer, you can see scenes not in this 'R' rated version. The video is very clean with no artifacts, colours are fine. Choice of both widescreen and full-frame are available. No extras except the original trailer. Sound is dolby digital or stereo surround. Of course the visual treat here is Madchen Amick who is just stunning throughout the film. Other notable actors are Bess Armstrong and Larry Miller. If you want to see the entire film, seek out the vhs unrated version. Recommended for fans of Spader and Amick, both are superb. 1 hr 44 minutes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Kunde on August 16, 2001
Format: DVD
First of all I should mention that I saw the unrated version of this movie and I advise you to do so, too. The story is about yuppie Spader who meets and falls in love with mysterious Amick. But since this is a thriller/drama she has a dark secret...
The strenghts of this underrated and rather unknown movie are especially the outstanding performances by James Spader (who is great as usual) and Maedchen Amick who for the first time really shows how much sex-appeal she's got. Furthermore she's completely believable in this role as a beautiful, untransparent and sort of crazy young woman.
The problem of this movie is that it goes on too long especially after Spader's and Amick's characters meet and fall in love. For this reason the tension decreases a little bit towards the end. Another weakness is the ending which is not completely satisfying since it leaves the viewer with quite a strange feeling. Nevertheless "Dream Lover" is a smart and extremely sexy and well-acted film - that's why you won't regret watching it (at least I didn't).
By the way: if anyone knows where to get a copy of the DVD of "Dream Lover" (unrated) please inform me. I've been looking for it since I first saw the movie!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn VINE VOICE on June 27, 2007
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James Spader plays a wealthy architect named Ray who divorces from his first wife then fears he may never find love again until one day he bumps into a woman who he thinks is perfect for him. They meet again a couple weeks down the road and end up hitting it off. Not long after that they end up getting married, wife, kids, the usual deal.. then Ray becomes suspicious..he starts to investigate and what he finds you wont believe.

Picture this: Your own wife is a psychopath and you dont find out until 2-3 years into the marriage and start piecing together clues as the years go by and then all of a sudden you find out this woman isnt who she says she is, everything shes said has been a lie and worse..

When he finds out and confronts her... well i'll let you find out for yourself, all i can tell you is its insane what she does to him, she fools and manipulates everyone into believing hes the 'crazy' one, then the twist of an ending.. This is the worst case scenario that could happen to someone. This woman is your worst nightmare. This combined with weird dreamlike carnival sequences make this a very good thriller. It also has a dark humor to it. Excellent performance by Spader. Highly Recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Tang on May 25, 2004
Format: DVD
The story is quite engrossing. With the incredibly sexy Madchen Amick and excellent acting by James Spader this movie is a must watch. However, I am waiting for the unrated version before I buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Armijo on August 19, 2005
Format: DVD
In order that I do not spoil the plot for you...I just want to say that 'you never know what you're going to get'...never...so be careful with every single relationship! It is so true.

Of course, this story is an extreme but it's also a wake up call. It's simply one of my favorite films. It's one smart diabolical thriller. Oh yeah...go for it! This is a great DVD for anyone's library. It will bring about good dinner table conversation for a good week afterwards.
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