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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 Owen Bush ... The Fan
Mews Small ... Elaine (as Marya Small)
Matt Clark ... Spider
John Crawford ... Riverboat Captain
Chris Schenkel Chris Schenkel ... Himself
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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Genres:

Drama | Sport

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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

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Tim Matheson remembered that the then-unknown Debra Winger "rocked her audition" to play his girlfriend, but the studio decided to cast Susan Blakely instead. 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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Bowling for dollars and sense.
1 July 2009 | by copper1963See 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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