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American Dreamer (1984)

Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy, and wins a trip to Paris. While there, she is involved in an accident, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Rick Rosenthal

Writers:

Ann Biderman (story), David Greenwalt | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan
Tom Conti ... Alan McMann
Giancarlo Giannini ... Victor Marchand
Coral Browne ... Margaret McMann
James Staley ... Kevin Palmer
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)
Huckleberry Fox ... Karl Palmer
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Don Carlos
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Inspector Klaus
Léon Zitrone Léon Zitrone ... Ivan Stranauvlitch
Alain Flick Alain Flick ... Train Passenger #1
Yassan Khan Yassan Khan ... Train Passenger #2
Christian de Tillière Christian de Tillière ... Train Passenger #3
André Valardy André Valardy ... Dimitri
Robin Coleman Robin Coleman ... Golf Buddy #1
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Storyline

Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy, and wins a trip to Paris. While there, she is involved in an accident, and awakens in the hospital believing she IS Rebecca Ryan. Much craziness ensues as she meets the writer of the Rebecca Ryan books, thwarts real international spies, and eventually gets her memory back. Written by Suzanne Houghton <tpk@infonaut.com>

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She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy álmodozó See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,580,990, 28 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,021,751
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CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Coral Browne. See more »

Goofs

When Cathy enters her house with her dry cleaning and groceries, her mail slot is visible to the left of her front door. When she comes through the door and falls into the mail, the mail slot is clearly visible on the right side (or left, if you are looking at it from inside the house). See more »

Quotes

Kevin Palmer: The important thing, kid, is that you're doing something you like to do.
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Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Played at the embassy party.
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Lite, witty, comical
13 September 2003 | by GLTilsonSee all my reviews

I happened upon this film in the theater as my "second choice" back in '84 when my first choice was sold out. I can't remember my first choice and although I had no idea what this film was about when I went in, I enjoyed it trememdously. Creative, with unusual twists ... but make sure to watch all the way until the 'END'.

Has been one of my favorites ever since ... as I said, it is lite, comical and witty with enough romance and suspense to keep everyone happy. Great for "dreamers," writers, and families (of older children)who just want a fun movie. Enjoy.


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