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Lathe of Heaven (film)

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Lathe of Heaven
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Genre
Based onThe Lathe of Heaven
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Written byAlan Sharp
Directed byPhilip Haas
Starring
Music byAngelo Badalamenti
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Craig Baumgarten
  • Allen Sabinson
ProducerMark Winemaker
Production locationMontreal
CinematographyPierre Mignot
EditorJean-François Bergeron
Running time91 minutes
Production companies
DistributorA&E Networks
Release
Original networkA&E
Original release
  • September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)

Lathe of Heaven is a 2002 American science fiction television film based on the 1971 novel The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, which was previously adapted as a television film in 1980. The film was directed by Philip Haas, written by Alan Sharp, and stars James Caan, Lukas Haas, and Lisa Bonet. It aired on A&E on September 8, 2002. It was nominated at the 29th Saturn Awards for Best Single Program Presentation.[1]

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Science fiction film

Science fiction film

Science fiction is a film genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel, time travel, or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition.

Television film

Television film

A television film, alternatively known as a television movie, made-for-TV film/movie or TV film/movie, is a feature-length film that is produced and originally distributed by or to a television network, in contrast to theatrical films made for initial showing in movie theaters, and direct-to-video films made for initial release on home video formats. In certain cases, such films may also be referred to and shown as a miniseries, which typically indicates a film that has been divided into multiple parts or a series that contains a predetermined, limited number of episodes.

The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven is a 1971 science fiction novel by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin. The plot concerns a character whose dreams alter past and present reality. The story was serialized in the American science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. The novel received nominations for the 1972 Hugo and the 1971 Nebula Award, and won the Locus Award for Best Novel in 1972. Two television film adaptations were released: the PBS production, The Lathe of Heaven (1980), and Lathe of Heaven (2002), a remake produced by the A&E Network.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, producing more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters". Le Guin said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".

The Lathe of Heaven (film)

The Lathe of Heaven (film)

The Lathe of Heaven is a 1980 film adaptation of the 1971 science fiction novel The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. It was produced in 1979 as part of New York City public television station WNET's Experimental TV Lab project, and directed by David Loxton and Fred Barzyk. Le Guin, by her own account, was involved in the casting, script planning, re-writing, and filming of the production.

Philip Haas

Philip Haas

Philip Haas is an American artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his 2012 sculpture exhibition "The Four Seasons" and his 1995 film Angels and Insects.

Alan Sharp

Alan Sharp

Alan Sharp was a Scottish novelist and screenwriter. He published two novels in the 1960s, and subsequently wrote the screenplays for about twenty films, mostly produced in the United States.

Lukas Haas

Lukas Haas

Lukas Daniel Haas is an American actor and musician. His acting career has spanned four decades, during which he has appeared in more than 50 feature films and a number of television shows and stage productions.

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Lilakoi Moon, known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. She is known for playing Denise Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992), for which she earned widespread acclaim and several awards, such as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1986; she reprised the role of Denise in the spinoff series A Different World (1987–1993).

A&E (TV network)

A&E (TV network)

A&E is an American basic cable network, the flagship television property of A&E Networks. The network was originally founded in 1984 as the Arts & Entertainment Network, initially focusing on fine arts, documentaries, dramas, and educational entertainment. Today, the network deals primarily in non-fiction programming, including reality docusoaps, true crime, documentaries, and miniseries.

29th Saturn Awards

29th Saturn Awards

The 29th Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television in 2002, were held on May 18, 2003 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This ceremony revived the Best Animated Film category, which had been last given out at the 10th Saturn Awards in 1983. The nominees were announced on March 6, 2003.

Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation

Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation

The following are a list of Saturn Award nominees & winners for Best Television Presentation. The award was introduced in 1994.

Synopsis

Unlike the 1980 adaptation, this film discards a significant portion of the plot, some minor characters, and much of the philosophical underpinnings of the book. The alien invasion and the racial equalization were removed for this adaptation.

The film takes place in a futuristic society, where a young man named George Orr overdoses using someone else's pharmacy card. Orr is troubled by his dreams, and is implied to be suicidal because of them. He takes drugs to avoid having these dreams. After he is caught overdosing, his attorney Heather Lelache sends him to a psychologist as a punishment.

The psychologist, William Haber, uses a machine called an "augmentor" to delve deep into Orr's mind. The augmentor looks like a dentist's chair. It is soon obvious that Haber has sinister intentions. He begins to hypnotize Orr into dreaming about a horse in a field. When Orr wakes up from his hypnosis-induced dream, an image of Lady Godiva on a horse is now painted on the wall in the office.

Haber then begins to use Orr's power for his own personal gain. At one point, he changes his status from an M.D. to a highly renowned researcher.

Cast

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Lukas Haas

Lukas Haas

Lukas Daniel Haas is an American actor and musician. His acting career has spanned four decades, during which he has appeared in more than 50 feature films and a number of television shows and stage productions.

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Lilakoi Moon, known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. She is known for playing Denise Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992), for which she earned widespread acclaim and several awards, such as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1986; she reprised the role of Denise in the spinoff series A Different World (1987–1993).

David Strathairn

David Strathairn

David Russell Strathairn is an American actor. Known for his leading roles on stage and screen, he has often portrayed historical figures such as Edward R. Murrow, J. Robert Oppenheimer, William H. Seward, and John Dos Passos. He has received various accolades including an Independent Spirit Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Volpi Cup, and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Sheila McCarthy

Sheila McCarthy

Sheila McCarthy is a Canadian actress and singer. She has worked in film, television, and on stage. McCarthy is one of Canada's most honoured actors, having won two Genie Awards (film), two Gemini Awards (television), an ACTRA Award, and two Dora Awards (theatre), along with multiple nominations.

Serge Houde

Serge Houde

Serge Houde is a Canadian film and television character actor.

Production

Filming took place in Montreal.[2]

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References
  1. ^ Phillips, Jevon (March 6, 2003). "'Towers,' 'Report' top Saturn nominees". Variety. Retrieved October 28, 2022.
  2. ^ Speier, Michael (September 4, 2002). "Lathe of Heaven". Variety. Retrieved October 28, 2022.
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