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American Dreamz -- The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari).
American Dreamz -- The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari).

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Imagine a country where the President never reads the newspaper, where the government goes to war for all the wrong reasons, and more people vote for a pop idol than their next President. See more »
Plot:
The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Grant ... Martin Tweed

Dennis Quaid ... President Staton

Mandy Moore ... Sally Kendoo

Willem Dafoe ... Chief of Staff

Chris Klein ... William Williams

Jennifer Coolidge ... Martha Kendoo

Sam Golzari ... Omer

Marcia Gay Harden ... First Lady

Seth Meyers ... Chet Krogl

John Cho ... Ittles

Judy Greer ... Accordo

Bernard White ... Agha Babur

Tony Yalda ... Iqbal Riza

Noureen DeWulf ... Shazzy Riza

Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Nazneen Riza

Jay Harik ... Ali Riza

Adam Busch ... Sholem Glickstein

Haaz Sleiman ... Mujeheddin Captain
Nick Schutt ... Cameraman

Lisa K. Wyatt ... Aunt Edna

Beau Holden ... Uncle Fitz
Tim Rhoze ... Stage Manager (as Tim Edward Rhoze)

Marley Shelton ... Jessica

Lawrence Pressman ... White House Butler

Aldis Hodge ... Soldier Chuck
Christianne Klein ... White House Reporter

Chao Li Chi ... Chinese Premiere (as Chao-Li Chi)

Andrew Divoff ... Chinese Translator

James Gleason ... Journalist

Michael D. Roberts ... Journalist

Kevin R. Kelly ... Journalist

Mike Batayeh ... Terrorist Director
Sean-Michael Bowles ... Hip Hop Kid (as Sean Michael)
Riley Gibbs ... Skate Punk
Jordan Havard ... Skate Punk

Joshua Wade ... Show Contestant (as Joshua Wade)
Trey Parker ... Show Contestant

Niki J. Crawford ... Show Contestant
Samantha Jade Gibbs ... Show Contestant (as Samantha "Jade" Gibbs)
Amir Mahmoud ... Show Contestant

John Griffin ... Show Contestant

Danny Ehrhardt ... Montage Performer
Natascha Corrigan ... Montage Performer
Sarah Culberson ... Montage Performer

Perrey Reeves ... Marni

Daniel Weiss ... Man in Line

Karen-Eileen Gordon ... Sally's Makeup Artist (as Karen Gordon)

Carmen Electra ... Carmen Electra

Kevin Makely ... Secret Service Man
Richard Bartlett ... Secret Service Man
Jerome Caldwell ... Secret Service Man

Jeffrey Ross ... Oscar
Andean Banks ... Back-up Singer
Jael Gadsden ... Back-up Singer
Maree Morris ... Back-up Singer

Deon Lucas ... Video Audition (as N'Daba Divine)

Adrian Zaw ... Video Audition
Leopoldo Mandeville ... Dignitary (as Leopoldo Papi Mandeville)
Bruce Garrick ... Crew Member

P.D. Mani ... Cohort
Sathyanath Nambiar ... Cohort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amelia Beaugard ... Iqbal's Personal Assistant (uncredited)

Alex Best ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bobbi Burton ... Bar Voter (uncredited)

Sinsu Co ... Performer (uncredited)
John D. Crawford ... Studio Security (uncredited)

Fumi Desalu-Vold ... Sally's Hairdresser (uncredited)

Megan Evanich ... Makeup Girl (uncredited)

Sue Fletcher ... Show Contestant (uncredited)

Dave Huber ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Derek Kazahaya ... Hairstylist (uncredited)
Kelly Knox ... Dancer (uncredited)

Cameron Lee ... Studio Audience (uncredited)
Kira Legg ... Fan (uncredited)

Wally Lozano ... Terrorist (uncredited)
Jia Mae ... Hollywood Girl (uncredited)

Sarita Michelle ... Hollywood Girl (uncredited)
Cheryl Moore ... Sally's Neighbor (uncredited)

Brandon Morrissey ... Contestant (uncredited)

Neal Orion ... Performer (uncredited)

Hash Patel ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Neil Patil ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Christian Reeve ... Terrorist Film Crew / Boom Operator (uncredited)
Lester G. Reynolds ... Evacuee (uncredited)

Terence Rosemore ... Man waiting to use restroom (uncredited)

Jacob Tawney ... Secret Service (uncredited)

Ali Zamani ... Terrorist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Weitz 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Paul Weitz (written by)

Produced by
Kerry Kohansky-Roberts .... executive producer (as Kerry Kohansky)
Rodney Liber .... producer
Andrew Miano .... producer
Chris Weitz .... executive producer
Paul Weitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Trask 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit 
 
Film Editing by
Myron I. Kerstein 
 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
 
Production Design by
William Arnold 
 
Art Direction by
Sue Chan 
 
Set Decoration by
David Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
 
Makeup Department
Simone Almekias-Siegl .... key makeup artist
Steve Artmont .... makeup department head
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Mr. Quaid
David Fields .... hair stylist: Mr. Grant
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup artist: Mr. Grant (as Deborah Larsen)
Edward Morrison .... key hair stylist
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist: Mr. Quaid
Barbara Olvera .... hair department head
Marianna Elias .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robert Hackl .... post-production supervisor
Andrew G. La Marca .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexander H. Gayner .... first assistant director: additional photography
Danny Green .... second assistant director
Mark Anthony Little .... first assistant director
Michael T. McNerney .... additional second assistant director
Cecilia Sweatman .... second second assistant director (as Cecelia Sweatman)
 
Art Department
Ruben Abarca .... drapery foreman
Paul 'Eel' Anderson .... set dresser
Bennett Andrews .... on-set greensman
Ellis J. Barbacoff .... assistant property master
Cliff Bergman .... general foreman
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
John Bratton .... set dresser
Richard Brunton .... lead man
Ernie Cardona .... propmaker
Peggy Casey .... buyer
Marienus Cetani Sr. .... painter (as Marienus Cetani)
Scott Edward Collins .... set dresser
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Mario D'Alfonso .... labor foreman
Eric DeWaay .... construction foreman
Canada Johanna Gordon .... art department coordinator (as Canada Gordon)
Brenner Hugh Harris .... set dresser
Eric Hill .... set dresser
Christian Kastner .... on-set dresser
Adam Khalid .... graphic designer
Elizabeth Lapp .... set designer
Ray Lopez .... plaster foreman (as Raymond D. Lopez)
Cameron Matheson .... set dresser
William F. McLaughlin .... property assistant
Sam Mendoza .... propmaker
Steven M. Miller .... greens foreman
David M. Milstien .... set dresser (as David Milstein)
Terry Nagel .... propmaker
Roger Prater .... greens stand-by
Lazar Samarzich .... greens gangboss (as Cazar Samarzich)
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser
Alexa Shushan .... stand-by painter
Hunter Woo .... art department production assistant
Ryan Apuy .... graphic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... assistant sound editor (as Chris Alba)
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Julia Evershade .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Alder Hampel .... assistant sound editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Gregg Landaker .... supervising sound mixer
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Eric Lindemann .... sound designer (as Eric Warren Lundeman)
Eric Lindemann .... supervising sound editor (as Eric Warren Lundeman)
Laura Macias .... foley artist
David McDonald .... adr recordist
Peggy Names .... sound utility
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Tim O'Heir .... sound pre-recordist
Brion Paccassi .... sound recordist
Peter Reale .... supervising sound mixer
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Reuben Simon .... supervising foley editor
Noah Scot Snyder .... digital recordist (as Noah Snyder)
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... DTS engineer
Daniel Victor .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Bryan O. Watkins .... sound effects editor
Nathan Whitehead .... assistant sound designer
David Wyman .... production sound mixer
David Wyman .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Chris Bailey .... special effects foreman
John C. Hartigan .... special effects supervisor (as John Hartigan)
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Doug Luberts .... video & data I/O supervisor
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
 
Stunts
Ted Barba .... stunt performer
Gregg Brazzel .... stunt performer (as Gregg Brazel)
Alex Brown .... stunt performer
Lori Crowder .... stunt performer
Shawn Crowder .... stunt performer
Alan Diambekov .... stunt performer (as Alan Boris Diambekov)
Randall Huber .... stunt performer
Rawn Hutchinson .... stunt coordinator
Ernie Johnson .... stunt performer (as Ernie Thrash Johnson)
Oliver Keller .... stunt driver
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunt performer (as Kim Koscki)
Will Leong .... stunt performer
James Logan .... stunt performer
Dailyn Matthews .... stunt performer
Chris Nielsen .... stunt performer (as John Christian Nielsen)
Gaylynn Schmidt .... stunt performer
Ann Scott .... stunt performer
Michelle Sebek .... stunt performer
C.C. Taylor .... stunt performer
Mark Varner .... stunt performer
Jose L. Vasquez .... stunt performer (as Jose Vasquez)
Kevin Ward .... stunt performer
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samantha Bahramian .... set lighting technician
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gary S. Christie .... dolly grip (as Gary Christie)
Kelly Clear .... chief lighting technician
Chris Culliton .... best boy electric (as Christopher M. Culliton)
Willie E. Dawkins .... set lighting technician
Michael Franco .... best boy rigging electric
Ryan French .... electrician
Steven W. Gage .... best boy rigging grip
Bryan Gilbert .... grip
David Golia .... camera operator: "b" camera (as David John Golia)
Joseph Graham .... key rigging grip (as Joseph A. Graham)
Sheila Greene .... rigging electrician
Sean Haeseler .... electrician
Kieran Healy .... consultant: special lighting
Christian Hibbard .... stage lighting operator
Jay M. Huntoon .... digital video assist operator
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Troye Jenkins .... documentary camera operator
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Alexandra Kravetz .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip (as Jeffrey S. Kunkel)
Paul Lambiase .... grip
Damon Liebowitz .... set lighting technician
Scott Medcalf .... set lighting technician (as Scott Metcalf)
Scott Moody .... lamp operator
John Morris .... best boy grip (as John P. Morris III)
Michael Nie .... crane operator: Technocrane
Patrick B. O'Brien .... camera operator
Derek Paulin .... lamp operator (as Derek M. Paulin)
Brian T. Pitts .... additional camera operator
Thoma Reavis .... electrician
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator
P. Scott Sakamoto .... camera operator: "a" camera
Tom Schurke .... video playback supervisor
Hank Sheppherd .... grip
Riley Sidore .... lamp operator
Cricket Sloat .... rigging gaffer
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano .... additional first assistant camera
Miguel Sánchez .... set lighting technician
Scott Wells .... grip
Matthew W. Williams .... loader
Glen Wilson .... still photographer
Thomas Wily .... lamp operator
R. Gern Trowbridge .... follow spot operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Gary Hebert .... animator: title animation
 
Casting Department
Janine Campbell .... extras casting assistant
Lauren Grey .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Terry L. Lamfers .... casting administrator
Terence Rosemore .... extras casting assistant
Rachel Tenner .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bethany Bernhard .... set costumer
Nanrose Buchman .... key costumer
Pamela Lee Incardona .... costumer (as Pamela Incardona)
Sandy Kenyon .... costume supervisor
Mandi Line .... costumer
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... costumer (as Lorraine Mahru)
Sybil Mosely .... costumer
Felipe Sanchez .... costume illustrator
 
Editorial Department
Dannielle Carr .... editorial production assistant
Michael Ford .... editorial production assistant
Rachel Goodlett Katz .... first assistant editor (as Rachel Goodlett)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Marisa Morabito .... second assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital opticals colorist
Greg Thompson .... first assistant editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Tim Boot .... additional music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... music contractor
George Doering .... musician
Amanda Goodpaster .... music: digital orchestral timings
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Greg Hayes .... score recordist
Charles Martin Inouye .... supervising music editor
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Wael Kakish .... musician: oud
Tim Lauber .... scoring crew
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Stacey Robinson .... scoring crew
Tim Rodier .... music preparation
Lior Rosner .... music arranger
Bart Samolis .... musician
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Patrick Spain .... score assistant engineer
Tom Steel .... scoring crew
Bill Talbott .... scoring crew
Tim Boot .... music playback supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Paulie DiCocco .... driver: Willem Dafoe
Joey Freitas .... driver
Shawn Marchetti .... transportation assistant
Chuck Martinez .... driver: cast
Ron Poniewaz Jr. .... transportation captain (as Ron F. Poniewaz Jr.)
Claudia Rojas .... transportation office administrator
Steve D. Weinmuller .... transportation coordinator
Gary Thomas Williams .... driver: Mr, Weitz (as Gary 'Little G' Williams)
Russ Tolliver .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank Annunziata .... assistant: Mandy Moore
Frank Annunziata .... production assistant
Dan Balgoyen .... assistant: Kerry Kohansky
Megan Brown .... second assistant accountant (as Megan Brown)
Ericka Bryce .... medic
Justin Carville .... first assistant accountant: additional photography
Brian Clark .... rigging medic
Eric Clark .... stand-in: Hugh Grant (as Erik Clark)
Merrilee Dale .... accountant (as Merrilee A. Dale)
Paulette Dauber .... unit publicist
Tom Dooley .... stand-in: Dennis Quaid
Jon E. Edwards .... production assistant
Karen C. Eide .... assistant: Willem Dafoe (as Karen Eide Haney)
Leann Emmert .... assistant location manager
Rachel Flackett .... production assistant
Yvonne M. Gabrielli .... craft service (as Yvonne Gabrielli)
Colleen Gibbons .... location manager
Sherri Robin Goldman .... first assistant accountant (as Sherri Goldman)
Vanessa Grayson .... stand-in: Marcia Gay Harden
Pamela B. Green .... main title producer
Kimberly A. Harrison .... assistant: Jennifer Coolidge
Rebecca Hedrick .... assistant: Rodney Liber (as Rebecca Ferrell Hedrick)
Jay Herrion .... production assistant
David Hickey .... payroll accountant
Marc Hofstatter .... assistant: Andrew Miano
Beau Holden .... assistant: Dennis Quaid
Roseanne Holmes .... asset coordinator
Josh Holden Hume .... production assistant
Tamara A. Kalca .... medic (as Tamara Ann Kalka)
Kristofer Kolpek .... key set production assistant: additional photography
Jeffrey E. Kramer .... production assistant (as Jeff Kramer)
Kelly Lane .... basecamp production assistant: re-shoots
Jennifer Li Jackson .... choreographer (as Jennifer Li)
Esther Lopez .... table person
Micah May .... stand-in
Karly Meola .... production assistant
Scott D. Moore .... assistant: Mandy Moore
Michael 'Mox' Pappas .... craft service (as Michael Pappas)
Derek Paulin .... follow spot operator
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant
Leah Piehl .... production assistant (as Leah Michelle Piehl)
Catherine Quigley .... stand-in
Monique Ramirez .... assistant: Paul Weitz
Larry Ring .... location manager: second unit
Jennifer Salada .... second assistant accountant (as Jennifer Van Hoven)
Albert Salsich .... assistant location manager
Matthew Segal .... production assistant
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor
Katie Shapiro .... production assistant (as Katie Sadock)
Jim Small .... location assistant: second unit
Jeremiah Stafford .... production assistant
Aaron Ali Tichenor .... production assistant (as Aaron Tichenor)
Jarik Van Sluijs .... creative director: main titles
Matt Walters .... production secretary
Robert West .... production coordinator
Gary Williams .... production assistant
Sara Woodhatch .... assistant: Hugh Grant
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references
Runtime:
107 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | France:U | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12A | Ireland:PG (video rating) | Netherlands:6 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #42341)

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The interior White House scenes were shot on the set of "The West Wing" (1999).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sally and Omer are talking in the club, there is jazz piano music playing and a man sitting at the piano. He is moving his hands on the piano but it clearly does not correspond to the music.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Tweed:I want an Arab. And a Jew. I want an Arab and a Jew.
Accordo:How about... An Arab-Jew?
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Movie Connections:
References Grease (1978)See more »
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60 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Better Than They Say, 26 April 2006
Author: Brent Trafton from Long Beach, CA

"American Dreamz" is not the funniest or cleverest film ever made, but it isn't as bad as a lot of the other reviewers are saying. To be sure, it will offend anyone who is a fan of American Idol, President Bush, or Al Qaeda.

The jokes are cute but will not leave you rolling in the aisles. There are really good performances throughout, especially by Willem Dafoe. who I had never really seen in a comedic performance.

This film could have been more mean spirited, but they actually went out of their way to make all the characters empathetic. My favorite part is when the terrorist are looking forward to eating grapefruit sorbet.

It's a shame this film was not more popular in the theaters, because it has a lot going for it despite it's faults. Hopefully it will be more popular on DVD.

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