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35th Anniversary of the release of "Electric Dreams"

It was 35 years ago, July 20, 1984, that the movie ‘Electric Dreams’ opened in theaters!


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Films Featured in "Electric Dreams"

Films either featured in or referenced to in the movie "Electric Dreams".

Sometimes filmmakers pay homage to classic cinema. So it should be no surprise that you'll find some in Steve Barron's movie "Electric Dreams". They're either featured in a scene or cleverly stitched together within a scene, helping with the storyline or for comedic effect.

In order of appearance, you will find some examples below.

There's a slight reference to the movie Alien(1979) in the scene when Miles was locked inside his apartment. The previous night, he installed a home security system on his apartment door that was monitored and controlled via his computer. By morning, he had forgotten all about it. And, being late for work, he had to recall the password.

The scene in Alien that was referenced was after the character Dallas was killed. Ripley was then able to break through a “Science Officer Eyes Only” computer lockout, and communicate directly with Mother.


Trivia: Lenny Von Dohlen on 'Cloud 9'

In the movie "Electric Dreams", Miles and Madeline go on a date to the Phoenix Theatre... see a play titled, "Cloud 9". 

Prior to "Electric Dreams", Lenny Von Dohlen(Miles) appeared in Caryl Churchill’s Off-Broadway hit play "Cloud 9", directed by Tommy Tune. For nine months, he performed the roles of Betty/Gerry, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in New York City, in 1982.

When I asked Lenny if this was scripted, he replied, "Yes, the writer, Rusty Lemorande, knew I’d been in the play and so it was kind of a homage."

Stay electric!


StageWorks Ink's "Electric Dreams"

StageWorks Ink was a unique fringe theatre company that created exciting, and entertaining theatre, and live interactive performances in Portland, Oregon.

For their second show of 2014, they presented "Electric Dreams," a comedic musical fantasy romantic thriller filled with amazing music from 1984! This show featured a collection of awesome hits from artists like Culture Club, Heaven 17, Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakley, UB40, Helen Terry, P.P. Arnold, and Jeff Lynne.
They performed the numbers with a live band and plenty of '80s flash and dazzle!
"This piece has been on my 'to-do' list for a long time," said StageWorks' Artistic Director Steve Coker. "A piece that, when presented in 1984, was overlooked and underrated. An '80s version of "Cyrano" with a bit o' "Little Shop of Horrors" thrown in for good measure. It's a bizarre love triangle between a boy, a girl, and a personal computer that has come to life a…