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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:
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Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan
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Alan McMann
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Victor Marchand
Coral Browne ...
Margaret McMann
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Kevin Palmer
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Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)
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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 ...
Dimitri
Robin Coleman ...
Golf Buddy #1
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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 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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She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure.


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When Cathy enters her house with her dry cleaning and groceries, her mail slot is visible to the left of her front door. When she comes through the door and falls into the mail, the mail slot is clearly visible on the right side (or left, if you are looking at it from inside the house). See more »

Quotes

Inspector Klaus: What are you trying to tell me? Is she Rebecca Ryan or is she not Rebecca Ryan?
Alan McMann: I told you! There is no such person.
Inspector Klaus: But she sat right here!
Alan McMann: No! She thinks she's a character in a book. She thinks I'm a character in a book. She even thinks my mother is a character in a book. The woman is crazy!
Inspector Klaus: She is not the only one.
Alan McMann: Look, you have got to do something because the priest's death was not an accident. That bullet, and this one, were meant for Rebecca.
Inspector Klaus: The women that does not exist...
Alan McMann: No, of ...
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Dreamer
Performed by Nanette Workman
Words and Music by Lewis Furey
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Wonderfully original and funny romantic comedy with wonderful cast.
21 June 2000 | by (Virginia) – See 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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