In Dreams (film)

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In Dreams
In dreams.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Neil Jordan
Produced by Charles Burke
Redmond Morris
Stephen Woolley
Screenplay by Bruce Robinson
Neil Jordan
Based on Doll's Eyes
by Bari Wood
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Edited by Tony Lawson
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release date
January 15, 1999
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $12 million[3]

In Dreams is a 1999 American psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Annette Bening as a New England illustrator who begins experiencing visions of a missing child, and psychic connections to a serial killer responsible for the murders of several local children. The film also co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea.


Claire Cooper (Bening) is a suburban housewife and mother who illustrates children's stories, and is married to an airline pilot (Aidan Quinn). Her world unravels when her daughter is kidnapped and brutally murdered.

Claire is haunted by her daughter's murderer, a serial killer named Vivian Thompson (Downey). She has several visions of the murders he commits next. When doctors diagnose her as psychotic, Claire is committed to a mental institution. She receives a vision of Vivian kidnapping another child, and escapes to track him down and stop him from killing again.



In Dreams received negative reviews from critics. Christopher Null from gave the film two stars out of five, stating, "The story never comes together, despite an intriguing performance from Bening as a complete nut job."[4] Adam Goldberg from All Movie Guide gave it three stars out of five, commenting that the film "is a mildly suspenseful but disjointed thriller ... Ultimately, In Dreams is The Exorcist meets A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it simply lacks a new and terrifying take on the dream/reality premise."[5] The film holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 51 reviews.


The soundtrack to In Dreams was released on January 12, 1999.

1."Agitato Dolorosa"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra4:59
2."Claire's Nocturne"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra2:38
3."Pull of Red"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra2:07
4."Appellatron"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra3:33
5."Wraith Loops"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra3:27
6."Rubber Room Stomp"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra2:00
7."Pulled by Red"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra1:11
8."Scytheoplicity"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra2:26
9."In Dreams"Roy Orbison2:50
10."Rebecca's Abduction"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra4:32
11."Premonition Lento"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra1:42
12."While We Sleep"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra2:36
13."Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)"The Andrews Sisters2:17
14."Andante"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra3:38
15."Elegy Ostinato"Elliot Goldenthal featuring London Metropolitan Orchestra4:11
16."Dream Baby"Elizabeth Fraser4:30
Total length:49:27[6]


  1. ^ Copyright Application for In Dreams (January 27, 1999). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo Budget. Retrieved March 3, 2014
  3. ^ Box Office Mojo Total Gross. Retrieved March 3, 2014
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ In Dreams Soundtrack AllMusic. Retrieved March 3, 2014

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