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Beautiful Dreamers (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 June 1992 (USA)
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When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman ... See full summary »

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... Dr. Maurice Bucke
... Walt Whitman
Wendel Meldrum ... Jessie Bucke
... Molly Jessop
... Rev. Haines
David Gardner ... Dr. Lett
Tom McCamus ... Leonard Thomas
Barbara Gordon ... Agatha Haines
Marsha Moreau ... Birdie Bucke
... Dr. John Burgys
Angelo Rizacos ... Wallace
Gordon Master ... John Carver
Gerry Quigley ... John Freeman
Roland Hewgill ... Timothy Pardee
Roger Clown ... Kenneth
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When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. "Dreamers" is based on true events. Dr. Bucke became an important biographer of Walt Whitman. Written by Anonymous

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The World Changes Some People. Some People Change The World.

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Belos Sonhadores  »

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Song of Whitman
31 July 1998 | by See all my reviews

Rip Torn does an excellent job bringing Walt Whitman to life in this fact-based story of his meeting with Dr. Bucke who ran a mental institution in London, Canada. Whitman the poet breaks the Victorian boundaries and causes Dr. Bucke to deal with the patients in an unconventional way.

The real-life Dr. Bucke was profoundly influenced by his encounter with Whitman. Dr. Bucke later wrote a book called COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS in which he discussed the great mystics throughout history -- and he thought Whitman was one of the greatest. This film shows us why he was so impressed with the poet.


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