American Dreamer (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  26 October 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan
Alan McMann
Victor Marchand
Coral Browne ...
Margaret McMann
Kevin Palmer
Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)
Karl Palmer
Jean Rougerie ...
Don Carlos
Pierre Santini ...
Inspector Klaus
Léon Zitrone ...
Ivan Stranauvlitch
Alain Flick ...
Train Passenger #1
Yassan Khan ...
Train Passenger #2
Christian de Tillière ...
Train Passenger #3
André Valardy ...
Robin Coleman ...
Golf Buddy #1


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 <>

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She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure.


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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy álmodozó  »

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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 »


Cathy Palmer: she disappears beneath the surface of the icy water... what happens next?
Alan McMann: You know what happened next.
Cathy Palmer: Yes, but we can't tell them that!
Alan McMann: Alright. How about, he doesn't want to work anymore, so he carries her off to a turret, high in his castle, and makes mad, passionate love to her.
[He kisses her]
Cathy Palmer: [a pause] End of chapter!
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The Marsellaise
Written by 'Claude Rouget De Lisle'
Sung by Cathy/Rebecca in front of the Hotel Crillon.
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Dreamer, Dreamer.....She's a Believer!
17 April 2005 | by (The World Of Movies) – See all my reviews

Jobeth Williams: Sultry, sexy, mystifying, and quirky in this outstanding tale of madness and romance in the midst of chaos during a woman's trip to France. Williams was a Hollywood noise-maker when she was running from those pesky ghosts in "Poltergeist", but here, she's not running, she's chasing! Cathy Palmer, is a desperate housewife in her own, yearning for a life of adventure, and when she enters a contest for a murder/mystery sweep stake, she wins! Ignoring her chauvinistic husband, Cathy immediately flies to Paris to meet the author of the most famed mystery novels around, the Rebecca Ryan novels. An incidental blow on the head leaves her in a hospital, but once she wakes up...she IS Rebecca Ryan! Now, she is determined to uncover the scandals and mysteries of the undercover spies in Europe. Along for the ride, is the son of the Rebecca Ryan novels Alan McMann, whom Cathy believes is Rebeccas side-kick Demitri. Together, they will take on murder, madness, and some funny conquests that will leaving your stomach aching for more! Williams is so passionate, and enduring as Cathy Palmer, and she really makes us believe that she is trapped in two worlds, and loving it! Tom Conti doesn't get any better, as his vulnerability to nonsense turns to a romantic interest for the bewildered Palmer. Trouble is around any door, and mystery lurks in the shadows of Paris! Director Rosenthal also directed "Halloween II". A fun, and delightful treat for young, and older audiences alike! "American Dreamer" is a joyous adventure with witty dialogue and quick development that will only impress with every viewing! 10/10

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