The Lathe of Heaven is a 1980 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.
George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and hypnotically induces Mr. Orr to change reality for the benefit of mankind – with bizarre and frightening results.
The first major made-for-television movie to be produced for the non-profit Public Broadcasting Service of America, is an effective parable which reads remarkably like a book by Philip K. Dick, as it was intended by Le Guin as a tribute to that writer, for whom she had expressed intense admiration.