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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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Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)
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Karl Palmer
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André Valardy ...
Dimitri
Robin Coleman ...
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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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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy álmodozó  »

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

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$5,021,751
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Final film of Coral Browne. See more »

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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 »

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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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Music orchestrated and conducted by Richard Gregoire
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Great fun movie that should've been more widely seen.
4 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

For a 1984 movie, this is still a very engaging light comedy. Jo Beth Williams' charm carries the film. Tom Conti plays a role similar to, and even more appealing than, the character he would later in Shirley Valentine (he has much more screen time here). Coral Browne (Vera Charles in "Auntie Mame," heavenly voice in "Xanadu") is good her her brief scenes. Also, see if you can recognize the boy who plays her older son.

Please do not cheat yourself by over-analyzing the plot of this movie. It is a fantasy and should be viewed as such. There are so many great comic scenes, that to me it didn't matter what they had to do to set them up. Just go with it. In fact, I think the preposterousness makes it work even more. This film deserves rediscovery, or hell, just plain discovery!


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