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Winter of Our Dreams (1981)

When a womanizing bookshop owner hears about the suicide of his former girlfriend, he tries to find out more and meets her friend, a prostitute. They hook up, but when she finds her friends... See full summary »


John Duigan


John Duigan
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Lou
Bryan Brown ... Rob
Cathy Downes Cathy Downes ... Gretel
Baz Luhrmann ... Pete
Peter Mochrie Peter Mochrie ... Tim
Mervyn Drake Mervyn Drake ... Mick
Margie McCrae Margie McCrae ... Lisa Blaine
Mercia Deane-Johns ... Angela
Joy Hruby Joy Hruby ... Marge
Kim Deacon Kim Deacon ... Michelle
Caz Lederman Caz Lederman ... Jenny
Virginia Duigan Virginia Duigan ... Sylvia
Rosemary Lenzo Rosemary Lenzo ... Girl in Bookshop
Alex Pinder ... Terry
John Smythe John Smythe ... Jon Hartz


When a womanizing bookshop owner hears about the suicide of his former girlfriend, he tries to find out more and meets her friend, a prostitute. They hook up, but when she finds her friends diary, she discovers she's repeating her mistakes. Written by Anonymous

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For both of them life had become a habit...until they met.


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Release Date:

August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Winter unserer Träume See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Feature film acting debut for Baz Luhrmann, later famous as an Australian film director. See more »


Gretel: Funny how the night makes you whisper... When I was about four and I had this girlfriend, we used to whisper in the dark so we wouldn't wake the monsters under the bed.
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An overlooked gem.
28 July 2007 | by robertsmike2005See all my reviews

I saw this film on TV years ago and have always had very fond memories of it. I've just seen it again and thankfully unlike many a film you remember affectionately only to find it's nowhere near as good as you thought on second viewing, this is still a great film. Criminally overlooked now, as indeed is the great Australian star Judy Davis, this film really does show just how absolutely superb some of the late 70's/early 80's Australian films were. Judy Davis gives one of the finest performances of her career and is utterly and heartbreakingly convincing. Bryan Brown, so often a tough action star, or wise-cracking charmer/rogue, is equally good in a very understated way, in fact when the two stars are together it almost seems like we the audience are actually intruding on their lives by watching. Excellent support too from Cathy Downes as Brown's wife and from a very young Baz Lurhman (before he took up directing). I don't think it's available on DVD (though i may be wrong), so it's probably going to be hard to track a copy down, but if you do get the opportunity and like thought-provoking human drama then do see it. I guarantee if you don't know how great an actress Judy Davis is or have never really seen her in anything other than a Hollywood film, then see this and you'll be totally blown away, just like i was all those years ago. Highly recommended !. p.s, If after seeing this you want to see Judy in more films which show just how versatile she can be then check out films like; A PASSAGE TO India, MY BRILLIANT CAREER, HOSTILE HOSTAGES (a.k.a, THE REF), or the TV-Film, ONE AGAINST THE WIND, not to mention the superb ensemble film from Woody Allen, HUSBANDS AND WIVES..

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