Though the intelligence of its source material still resonates, this sluggish adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's visionary science-fiction novel raises interesting issues but fails to find a visual equivalent for the novelist's fantastic landscape. The Lathe was Heaven
was previously filmed for public television in 1979, and became one of the most-requested programs in PBS history. The original version starred Bruce Davison, who co-produced this remake. In the future, Big Brother is watching and manipulating the populace. Independent thinker George Orr (Lukas Haas) resists this regimentation; found guilty of a drug misdemeanor, he's sentenced to counseling rath...