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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 »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Final film of Coral Browne. See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca Ryan's signature is shown on receipts for the various outfits purchased, the spelling changes back and forth from Rebecca Ryan to Rebeca Ryan. See more »

Quotes

Cathy Palmer: What happened to your nose?
Alan McMann: My nose? Oh... someone just tried to kill me.
Cathy Palmer: They will stop at nothing to keep us from getting on that train.
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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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Dreamer, Dreamer.....She's a Believer!
17 April 2005 | by Banshee57See all my reviews

Jobeth Williams: Sultry, sexy, mystifying, and quirky in this outstanding tale of madness and romance in the midst of chaos during a woman's trip to France. Williams was a Hollywood noise-maker when she was running from those pesky ghosts in "Poltergeist", but here, she's not running, she's chasing! Cathy Palmer, is a desperate housewife in her own, yearning for a life of adventure, and when she enters a contest for a murder/mystery sweep stake, she wins! Ignoring her chauvinistic husband, Cathy immediately flies to Paris to meet the author of the most famed mystery novels around, the Rebecca Ryan novels. An incidental blow on the head leaves her in a hospital, but once she wakes up...she IS Rebecca Ryan! Now, she is determined to uncover the scandals and mysteries of the undercover spies in Europe. Along for the ride, is the son of the Rebecca Ryan novels Alan McMann, whom Cathy believes is Rebeccas side-kick Demitri. Together, they will take on murder, madness, and some funny conquests that will leaving your stomach aching for more! Williams is so passionate, and enduring as Cathy Palmer, and she really makes us believe that she is trapped in two worlds, and loving it! Tom Conti doesn't get any better, as his vulnerability to nonsense turns to a romantic interest for the bewildered Palmer. Trouble is around any door, and mystery lurks in the shadows of Paris! Director Rosenthal also directed "Halloween II". A fun, and delightful treat for young, and older audiences alike! "American Dreamer" is a joyous adventure with witty dialogue and quick development that will only impress with every viewing! 10/10


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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

Gross USA:

$5,021,751

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,021,751
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Company Credits

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CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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