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26 October 1984 (USA) See more »
She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure.
Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

JoBeth Williams ... Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan

Tom Conti ... Alan McMann

Giancarlo Giannini ... Victor Marchand
Coral Browne ... Margaret McMann

James Staley ... Kevin Palmer

Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)

Huckleberry Fox ... 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
Alan Haufrect ... Golf Buddy #2

Jeffrey Kramer ... Gold Buddy #3
Jean-Claude Montalban ... Bellman
Fernand Guiot ... Limo Driver
Pierre Gérard ... Thief on Bike
Yanou Collart ... Marguerite Lasueur
Anna Gaylor ... Woman at Bookstore
Brian Eatwell ... Malcolm
Ginette Garcin ... Nurse
Annick Alane ... Givenchy Saleswoman
Serge Berry ... Givenchy Manager
Michel Melki ... Crillon Desk Clerk
Jacques Maury ... Crillon Manager
Guy Montagni ... Cab Driver
Hélène Hily ... Miss Bonner
Michel Bardinet ... Rafael Lesueur
Wodek Press ... Russian Diplomat #1
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ... Russian Diplomat #2
Mariusz Pujszo ... Russian Diplomat #3
Jerzy Rogulski ... Russian Diplomat #4
Béatrice Camurat ... Embassy Guest #1
Gilberte Géniat ... Embassy Guest #2
Alain Janey ... Embassy Guest #3
Alexandra Lorska ... Embassy Guest #4

Katia Tchenko ... Embassy Guest #5
Geneviève Omini ... Embassy Guest #6
François Viaur ... Crillon Night Doorman
Nancy Stephens ... Jacqueline
Murray Gronwall ... Gendarme
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Man With Matchbook
Pierre Olaf ... Priest
Hubert Noël ... Doctor At Nightclub
Vic Heutschy ... American Tourist #1
Eleanor C. Heutschy ... American Tourist #2
Janine Darcey ... Lady on Train
Micheline Bourday ... Doctor
Albert Augier ... Customs Inspector
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lucas Belvaux ... Thief on Bike

John F. Kearney ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Woman on the Train (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rick Rosenthal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ann Biderman  story
David Greenwalt 
Jim Kouf 

Produced by
Doug Chapin .... producer
Barry Krost .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lewis Furey 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (partly)
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Anne Goursaud 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
Art Direction by
Marc Frédérix 
Jeffrey L. Goldstein 
Set Decoration by
Carlos Conti 
Gregory Garrison 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Ronaldo Abreu .... makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jean Lara .... unit manager
Philippe Modave .... production manager: France
Ted Swanson .... unit production manager: USA
William Watkins .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Elvin .... second assistant director
Bernard Farrel .... assistant director
Marc Jenny .... second assistant director (as Marc Jeny)
Catherine Joubé .... second assistant director
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director
Bernard Seitz .... first assistant director
Dominique Tabuteau .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Bonino .... construction coordinator: USA
Bernard Gebouen .... property master
Terence Gough .... production illustrator
Emile Guerrier .... painter
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master: USA (as Gary Kieldrup)
David Moll .... property master: USA
Gary Oseransky .... lead man: USA
Pierre Thirion .... property master
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Hank Garfield .... boom operator
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr editor (as Joe Mayer)
Chuck Neely .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... supervising adr editor
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Stephane Van den Bergh .... boom operator
Darcy Vebber .... cable person
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor/design (uncredited)
Special Effects by
René Albouze .... special effects technician
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects supervisor
Jacques Martin .... special effects technician
Alain Barbier .... stunt double: Mr. Conti
Leslie Rain .... stunt double: Ms. Williams
Chuck Waters .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Anquetil .... grip
Maurice Baltel .... grip
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Luigi Bernardini .... focus puller
Luigi Bisioli .... gaffer
Jean-Pierre Bonnotte .... still photographer
Tahar Boualame .... generator operator
Rodolfo Bramucci .... gaffer
Larry Debaun .... dolly grip: USA
Jean-François Drigeard .... electrician
Alberto Emidi .... key grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator
Jean Gava .... electrician
Jan Gould .... best boy grip: USA
George Groff .... best boy: USA
Pascal Henin .... electrician
Philippe Houdart .... assistant camera: second unit
Marcel Jaffredo .... grip
Robin P. Knight .... key grip
Thierry Labille .... electrician
Aissa Lahoucine .... electrician
Michel Loir .... Steadicam operator
Pascal Lombardo .... electrician
Rachid Madaoui .... electrician
Gianmaria Majorana .... clapper loader (as Gian Maria Majorana)
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator
Gus Saince .... grip (as Gustace Saince)
Michel Strasser .... grip
René Strasser .... key grip
Gary Tandrow .... gaffer
William Waldman .... first assistant camera: USA (as Bill Waldman)
Casting Department
Gilbert Caron .... extras casting
Catherine Joubé .... casting assistant
Pearl Kempton .... extras casting
Mamade .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michèle Cerf .... head wardrobe
April Ferry .... costume supervisor: USA
Mort Schwartz .... costumer: USA
Editorial Department
Yasha Aginsky .... assistant editor
Thomas R. Bryant .... apprentice editor (as Thomas Bryant)
Craig Conwell .... assistant editor
Axel Hubert .... assistant editor (as Axel Anton Hubert)
Emmanuelle Lalande .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Richard Grégoire .... orchestrator (as Richard Gregoire)
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation coordinator: USA (as Don Desmond)
Paul Shoemaker .... transportation captain: USA
Other crew
Marie-Odile Bertot .... accountant
Barbara Curtin .... dialogue coach
Isabelle Dassonville .... assistant production secretary
Jean-Luc Denechau .... assistant location manager
Anne Boutin Desvignes .... assistant to producers
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
James Fitzpatrick .... location manager
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Roz Harris .... script supervisor
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Jeanne-Marie Liron .... production secretary
Robert Monosmith .... production auditor (as Bob Monosmith)
Claude-Anne Paureilhe .... location manager
Jean-Roch Rognoni .... location manager
Mark Rubin .... craft service: USA
Irene Sergueenko .... accountant
Judy Smith .... assistant: Mr. Rosenthal
Pilar Stallworth .... production coordinator: USA
Gerard Supau .... assistant location manager
Jean-François Villemer .... assistant location manager

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105 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Continuity: When Cathy and Alan are on the roof of the mansion, Cathy is seen wearing high heeled boots. When the boards they are walking on give way underneath them and they are left hanging from a bar over the water, you can see Cathy's boots no longer have heels.See more »
Cathy 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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Finally will be Released on DVD in 2005, 1 October 2004

American Dreamer (1984) *** (out of 4)

I think that this film is one of those 1980s films that seemed to have lived its life only on cable stations, though it really is a light, charming, entertaining fantasy comedy. JoBeth Williams (POLTERGEIST) plays Kathy Palmer, an amateur novelist who wins a writing contest involving a mystery series featuring a detective named Rebecca Ryan. She wins a trip to Paris and while there gets knocked down by a car, develops amnesia, and then believes herself to be Ryan! I know exactly why this film is loved by many people---women in particular---and it's a shame that it didn't get a better reception at the theatrical release. My theory is that many critics at the time thought it was a rip-off of ROMANCING THE STONE (indeed, there are similarities which cannot be ignored), though it really soon goes off on its own path and scores, with a cast that is aiming to please. Tom Conti is delightful as the French chap who gets involved in Palmer's world of craziness, and Giancarlo Gianninni is both hysterical and engaging as the mysterious man who Palmer is determined to track down (as Rebecca Ryan of course).

I've been afraid that this film would never see the light of day on DVD, despite the number of admirers this film has. However, I contacted someone at CBS, Inc. (which produced and released it back in 1984), and they said that in 2005 (no date or even period has been set) it will be released on DVD through Paramount, which is their sister company. I've even sent a letter to director Rick Rosenthal to see if he would be able to a Director's Commentary---many DVD conossiers like me know all too well that Paramount sucks when it comes to putting special features on DVD. So, be ready to see it on the shelves next year!!!

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