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4.0 out of 5 stars Spader should've gotten at least a nomination for this film., June 2, 2004
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This review is from: Dream Lover (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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Initial post: Jan 17, 2009 10:49:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2009 10:59:00 PM PST
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From what I've read, the DVD version cuts out a final scene that may or may not shed some light on a thing or two.....for those wondering what I'm talking about & have seen the VHS version, the final scene takes place at a zoo....

Also, there was originally an entirely different ending that apparently never made it to any release. I read an interview with Madchen Amick from the mid 90s in which she was asked her favorite TV or film work she's done, other than Twin Peaks, & she said it was the original ending from "Dream Lover". She said the ending was changed and the original material has never seen the light of day. Apparently, if you look close during the last scene (zoo scene not included) Spader's hair is a bit longer, etc. in the final few shots because they went back and re-shot it.
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