Note from Ursula concerning the A&E remake of The Lathe of Heaven:

I know nothing about this production, having heard nothing from anyone concerned in it since the contract was signed. You can visit the A&E website. [Note from the webmaster: This offsite link requires various browser bells and whistles.]

A&E showed it on September 8th, 2002.

The Lathe of Heaven, released in 1980, directed by David Loxton and Fred Barzyk, starring Kevin Conway, Bruce Davidson, and Margaret Avery, is available on DVD. I was involved in this production at several stages, including script rewrites and casting. Although our budget was so small we had to choose which one of the Alien's arms could move and which one couldn't, it's a good movie.
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Review

"The A&E version, alas, is interesting but nothing more; if Le Guin wasn't a Portlander, it would be less interesting. Set quite specifically in Portland and environs, her novel is full of street, neighborhood and commercial names like Meier & Frank and the long gone and lamented Dave's Delicatessen. The film is set in a generic city near a snowy peak that looks like the Paramount Pictures logo....

"Watch the A&E version if you've never read the book and are only curious. But if you want more of the book on the screen, hit the rental racks.

"Le Guin starts each chapter with a quoted verse or epigram. Chapter 3 cites a verse by Chuang Tse: 'Those whom heaven helps we call the sons of heaven. They do not learn this by learning. They do not work it by working. They do not reason it by using reason. To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven.'

[complete review]

— Ted Mahar
Portland Oregonian
September 8, 2002
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