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Dreamcatcher (2003)

Tom Sizemore, Morgan Freeman, ... | COFFEE TALK Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore untangle a web of mystery in ''Dreamcatcher''
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COFFEE TALK Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore untangle a web of mystery in ''Dreamcatcher''

Details Release Date: Mar 21, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 134 Minutes; Genres: Horror, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Morgan Freeman and Thomas Jane; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Like the plot of this Stephen King adaptation, there are two forces grappling for the soul of Lawrence Kasdan. On the one hand, he's a guy with a rep for such adult ensembles as ''The Big Chill.'' But there's also Kasdan the geek -- the one who scripted ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' and ''Return of the Jedi.'' And to him, ''Dreamcatcher'' is the perfect man-child cocktail. ''It starts out as a character story that I understand, but then it goes off into spaceships and weird stuff,'' he says. ''It's a real creature feature.'' Based on the first novel King completed after his near-fatal 1999 accident, ''Dreamcatcher'' is set during a hunting trip in the Maine woods where four pals had an alien encounter years earlier and where they're about to have another. Not that costar Timothy Olyphant knew any of this when he arrived on the snowy British Columbia set. Sure, he'd read the script. But, he confesses, ''I didn't read the book. It's thick! I took a look at it and thought, God, I don't know if I'll finish this in time; I can put my energy in a better place.'' Like? ''The NBA play-offs.'' (March 21)

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints

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