Wook Kim
September 08, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Lathe of Heaven

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
100 minutes
performer
Kevin Conway, Bruce Davison, Margaret Avery
distributor
New Video Group
author
Diane English
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

The preachy tone and no-budget F/X only add to the brainy charm of this made-for-PBS adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s novella The Lathe of Heaven, in which a young man (Davison), haunted by the realization that his dreams can alter reality, visits a psychiatrist (Conway) who sees those powers as a way of correcting society’s ills. The earnest performances in this compelling tale — never before on video — keep Heaven from falling into the Logan’s Run dustbin of high-minded ’70s sci-fi movies. B

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