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Dreamer (1979)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 27 April 1979 (USA)
Up and coming professional bowler trying to win a tournament against a grizzled veteran bowler.

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... Dreamer
... Karen
... Harry
... Taylor
... Angie
Owen Bush ... The Fan
... Elaine (as Marya Small)
... Spider
... Riverboat Captain
Chris Schenkel ... Himself
Nelson Burton Jr. ... Color Man
... Old Timer
... Too
Speedy Zapata ... Juan
JoBe Cerny ... Patterson
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Up and coming professional bowler trying to win a tournament against a grizzled veteran bowler.

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Filmed on location in Alton. Illinois. See more »

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Written by James Keyes, Floyd McRae, Claude Feaster, James Edwards
Performed by The Crew Cuts
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Bowling for dollars and sense.
1 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Sleeper. "Dreamer" Tim Matheson, an actor I've always liked, is obsessed with exiting--even a ripped open hunk of flesh and a blood soaked bandage is little obstacle--the lower ranks of minor league bowling, and earning his pot-of-gold: his name on a P.B.A. card. Susan Blakely, an actress I've always liked, scores a three-strike turkey as Dreamer's pushy love interest. Old reliable Jack Warden is Matheson's surrogate father, a man who's own gargantuan-sized bag of dreams rivals those of Dreamer. A gaggle of goofy locals hang out at Warden's glitzy bowling emporium, a cheery place where no one is turned away. Comfy. Dreamer's route to stardom is cluttered along the way with squabbles with Blakely, unscrupulous P.B.A. executives and a past opponent with a vendetta. Real-life professional bowler Nelson Burton, Jr. and ABC commentator Chris Schenkel provide much needed color and authenticity. The tournament final is filmed in a crisp and clean style. A couple of promising scenes begin well but fall flat, otherwise the movie unwinds a refreshing look at a slice of life usually not projected on to the big screen. The kind of "little" film that Hollywood has, sadly, almost abandoned.


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