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Beautiful Dreamers (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  5 June 1992 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Dr. Maurice Bucke
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Jessie Bucke
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Molly Jessop
Colin Fox ...
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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Historically Inaccurate
23 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Please note that I haven't seen the film since I discovered it in 2007, and my town is smaller and doesn't carry it. However, I really want to say something about it. I'm actually doing research for university on the title character Richard Maurice Bucke and would like to point out that the person they based the main character on was in reality completely different!!! Hollywood's ideas of people and artistic license granted, the real Dr. Bucke totally endorsed hysterectomies to cure insanity in women, and would never have practiced anything as liberal as represented in the film. I think it's laughable to see various film critics who write for legitimate newspapers who say this film has some historical basis! The only actual fact I can see is the friendship between Dr. Bucke and Walt Whitman. Please don't waste your time on a film with such a disregard to the horror that real women experienced at the hands of this doctor who has now been glorified by the film industry.


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