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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.

Director:

Noel Nosseck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Dreamer
Susan Blakely ... Karen
Jack Warden ... Harry
Richard B. Shull ... Taylor
Barbara Stuart ... Angie
Owen Bush ... The Fan
Mews Small ... Elaine (as Marya Small)
Matt Clark ... Spider
John Crawford ... Riverboat Captain
Chris Schenkel Chris Schenkel ... Self
Nelson Burton Jr. Nelson Burton Jr. ... Color Man
Morgan Farley ... Old Timer
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Too
Speedy Zapata Speedy Zapata ... Juan
JoBe Cerny 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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A man dreams of winning. A woman dreams of loving. A dreamer dreams of both.

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Drama | Sport

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Filmed on location in Alton, Illinois. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Scanners (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Sh-Boom
Written by James Keyes (uncredited), Floyd McRae (uncredited),Claude Feaster (uncredited), and James Edwards (uncredited)
Sung by The Crew Cuts
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One of the worst films ever
12 January 2001 | by dbmaxSee all my reviews

Gene Siskel was quoted by Bowlers Journal magazine as saying Dreamer just missed his list of the top-10 worst movies of 1979, and for good reason. It opens with the Tim Matheson character returning from the pro tour on a bus, carrying one bowling ball! For effect, director Nosseck might have had the guy climbing out of a tail-dragging car crammed with several other haggard pros--and several hundred pounds of bowling balls (in realilty, most pros travel by twos in vans or even motorhomes--and carry up to 15 balls from stop to stop). In due course, "Dreamer" meets and alienates the Big Star who happens to run the PBA, portrayed sans dialogue by the great Dick Weber. And for a climax, Nosseck kept the crayon well within the lines, with "Dreamer" facing the Big Star in the All-American tournament--where with each paid admission, fans are given a little flag to joyously wave.

It's always bugged me that Hollywood can't do a good film about pro bowlers, given that many live vagabond lives of sex, booze/drugs and the desperation that comes from being one tournament away from financial ruin. There are some great stories out there on tour.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stormy City Bowl See more »

Filming Locations:

Alton, Illinois, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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