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Beautiful Dreamers (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 June 1992 (USA)
When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman ... See full summary »

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Dr. Maurice Bucke
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Wendel Meldrum ...
Jessie Bucke
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Molly Jessop
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Rev. Haines
David Gardner ...
Dr. Lett
Tom McCamus ...
Leonard Thomas
Barbara Gordon ...
Agatha Haines
Marsha Moreau ...
Birdie Bucke
Albert Schultz ...
Dr. John Burgys
Angelo Rizacos ...
Wallace
Gordon Master ...
John Carver
Gerry Quigley ...
Roland Hewgill ...
Timothy Pardee
Roger Clown ...
Kenneth
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When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. "Dreamers" is based on true events. Dr. Bucke became an important biographer of Walt Whitman. Written by Anonymous

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The World Changes Some People. Some People Change The World.

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Poignant and memorable
13 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a movie which I think has been overlooked, by and large. Relatively few people saw it when it came out in the theatres due to the fact that it wasn't well publicized. I read a page-long interview with the director in an alternative, local paper and I distinctly remember the director saying that he felt Whitman's spirit helping him to direct this film, and that it had been a spiritual experience for him (the director). This motivated me to see the film and I saw it more than once before I purchased my own copy so I could see it again and again. I can tell that Whitman did indeed inspire the director because this film has so many poignant scenes like the ones with Whitman's mentally disabled brother, to whom Whitman says, 'you make me rich!' The beauty of this film comes, not from analyzing the accurateness of separate details (which other reviewers inform us are less than accurate), but in allowing the movie as a whole to touch your soul.


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