Dream for an Insomniac

Dream for an Insomniac Information

Dream for an Insomniac is a 1996 romantic comedy movie written and directed by Tiffanie DeBartolo. It stars Ione Skye, Jennifer Aniston, Mackenzie Astin and Michael Landes.

Plot synopsis

Frankie (Ione Skye) works at her uncle Leo's Cafe Blue Eyes in San Francisco (named in honor of family friend Frank Sinatra), and is hoping to meet her ideal lover, ideally one with blue eyes like Sinatra, while going to auditions with her friend Allison (Jennifer Aniston). Frankie suffers from insomnia, and has not slept through the night since childhood, when her parents were killed in a car accident. She spends most of her time at night reading. Writer David Shrader (Mackenzie Astin), takes a job at the cafe, and Frankie falls in love with him, while he attempts to cure her insomnia, she reads his writings, and the two take turns reciting philosophical quotes and guessing their source. The film is shot in black and white until Frankie sees David, when the film switches to color and David's eyes are revealed as blue. David breaks Frankie's heart when she finds out that he is engaged to a lawyer, Molly (Leslie Stevens), but he eventually chooses Frankie over his fiance, and visits her in Los Angeles, where she has joined Allison, who is exploring an acting career. The film ends with Frankie falling asleep in David's arms. A subplot has Rob (Michael Landes), the gay son of Leo (Seymour Cassel), trying to convince his father he is straight, with the help of Allison "acting" as his girlfriend. After Allison and Frankie leave, Rob comes out of the closet to his father, who in fact had known and accepted that Rob was gay for some years.


  • Ione Skye as Frankie
  • Jennifer Aniston as Allison
  • Mackenzie Astin as David Shrader
  • Michael Landes as Rob
  • Seymour Cassel as Uncle Leo
  • Sean Blackman as Juice
  • Michael Sterk as B.J.
  • Leslie Stevens as Molly Monday
  • Robert Kelker-Kelly as Trent
  • Robert Ernst as Homeless Man
  • Robert Harvey as Dick in Sushi Bar
  • Fred Gualco as Policeman
  • Roger Craig as Policeman


The film earned only $26,000 domestically. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a cumulative rating of 50%.

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