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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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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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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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A nagy álmodozó  »

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Final film of Coral Browne. See more »

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When Cathy opens the door and trips on her dry cleaning, she falls facing into the house. When she is shown from inside, she is facing the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Cathy Palmer: ...so 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 Joseph Rouget de Lisle (as Claude Rouget De Lisle)
Sung by Cathy/Rebecca in front of the Hotel Crillon.
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Beautiful, Glorious and Heartbreaking
14 April 2003 | by (Vancouver, B.C. Canada) – See all my reviews

Jo Beth does a beautiful job of portraying a housewife in a dead end marriage, getting the opportunity of a lifetime - winning a trip to Paris based on her writing abilities.

Once in Paris, an accident robs her of her memory and she automatically assumes the identity of the heroine of the novels she reads, incidentally dragging the real author into her fantasy world.

It is exhilerating how her belief sweeps all before her, bringing a new love into her life. It's also heartbreaking when the two identities finally collide, dropping her out of the fantasy. This was done in the most public and humiliating way possible, typical of American comedic film-making, which I don't agree with.

In the end, the housewife emerges victorious, free and stronger than she has ever been in her life.

Tom Conti as the hapless author is also brilliant, a wonderful counterpoint to Jo Beth. :)


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