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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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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 <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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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy álmodozó  »

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Final film of Coral Browne. See more »


When Rebecca Ryan's signature is shown on receipts for the various outfits purchased, the spelling changes back and forth from Rebecca Ryan to Rebeca Ryan. See more »


Kevin Palmer: I'm aware that I haven't been the best... well, the most... well, I am aware of those things.
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The Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Played at the embassy party.
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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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