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American Dreamer (1984)

Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy, and wins a trip to Paris. While there, she is involved in an accident, and ... See full summary »

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Rick Rosenthal

Writers:

Ann Biderman (story), David Greenwalt | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan
Tom Conti ... Alan McMann
Giancarlo Giannini ... Victor Marchand
Coral Browne ... Margaret McMann
James Staley ... Kevin Palmer
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)
Huckleberry Fox ... Karl Palmer
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Don Carlos
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Inspector Klaus
Léon Zitrone Léon Zitrone ... Ivan Stranauvlitch
Alain Flick Alain Flick ... Train Passenger #1
Yassan Khan Yassan Khan ... Train Passenger #2
Christian de Tillière Christian de Tillière ... Train Passenger #3
André Valardy André Valardy ... Dimitri
Robin Coleman Robin Coleman ... Golf Buddy #1
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Storyline

Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy, and wins a trip to Paris. While there, she is involved in an accident, and awakens in the hospital believing she IS Rebecca Ryan. Much craziness ensues as she meets the writer of the Rebecca Ryan books, thwarts real international spies, and eventually gets her memory back. Written by Suzanne Houghton <tpk@infonaut.com>

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TOM CONTI of Reuben Reuben with JO BETH WILLIAMS See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy álmodozó See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,580,990, 28 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,021,751
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CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Coral Browne. See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca is drunkenly conducting the ensemble playing at the embassy party, the musicians are clearly not playing the Strauss waltz that is heard on the sound track. See more »

Quotes

Cathy Palmer: Does this thing have any pockets in it?
Alan McMann: Yes, and until now, no rips.
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Music orchestrated and conducted by Richard Gregoire
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Wonderfully original and funny romantic comedy with wonderful cast.
21 June 2000 | by negevoli-44See all my reviews

It's nice to see that virtually everyone who reviewed American Dreamer loved it and that so many consider it to be a favorite. I couldn't agree more with the other reviews and immediately bought a copy after my first viewing.

I won't go into details of the plot, which I hate to do anyway, but will comment on one criticism appearing in another review. Sure, the outcome is predictable -- BUT the way the the movie gets there is NOT. After all, every plot has been done to death. It is the originality of the story line that raises this movie to a higher level. Not only is it highly original and smartly scripted, it is also charming, romantic, funny, beautifully directed, photographed, and acted -- an all-round perfect movie.

And as I am always eager to point out, this movie is hilarious -- with hilarious performances and episodes -- without having to resort to gratuitous sex, foul language, and nudity. It simply could not be better (and the beautiful Paris locations only enhance the overall perfection of the film). I say this not to project myself as a prude (which I probably am to some degree) because I also loved Pulp Fiction, but to make the point that movies don't have to be gross, juvenile, and smutty to be funny.


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