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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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A comedy thriller that's a romantic romp of a movie See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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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 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

Inspector Klaus: What are you trying to tell me? Is she Rebecca Ryan or is she not Rebecca Ryan?
Alan McMann: I told you! There is no such person.
Inspector Klaus: But she sat right here!
Alan McMann: No! She thinks she's a character in a book. She thinks I'm a character in a book. She even thinks my mother is a character in a book. The woman is crazy!
Inspector Klaus: She is not the only one.
Alan McMann: Look, you have got to do something because the priest's death was not an accident. That bullet, and this one, were meant for Rebecca.
Inspector Klaus: The women that does not exist...
Alan McMann: No, of ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Dreamer
Performed by Nanette Workman
Words and Music by Lewis Furey
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American Dreamer
12 May 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Starts off like Romancing the Stone, but then stumbles, ruining the talents of stars Williams and Conti. The script isn't tight enough. The direction is too tame. Most of the film is forced into silly slapstick gags that sabotage the film's chances.


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