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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.D. Barnes)
Huckleberry Fox ... Karl Palmer
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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Trivia

Final film of Coral Browne. See more »

Goofs

When Cathy and Alan are on the roof of the mansion, Cathy is seen wearing high heeled boots. When the boards they are walking on give way underneath them and they are left hanging from a bar over the water, you can see Cathy's boots no longer have heels. See more »

Quotes

Cathy Palmer: [Striking an akido pose] Hah! You're lucky you're still alive.
Alan McMann: I'm on a streak.
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Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Sung by Cathy/Rebecca in front of the Hotel Crillon.
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A Must-See For Sure!
23 August 2002 | by Cal-16See all my reviews

I agree with Larbo - this is one great film! It took a few minutes to figure out exactly what was going on. Once I did, though, I laughed so hard I cried.

Who said writers are loners? LOL


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,580,990, 28 October 1984

Gross USA:

$5,021,751

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,021,751
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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