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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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John Kent Harrison
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Feore ... Dr. Maurice Bucke
Rip Torn ... Walt Whitman
Wendel Meldrum ... Jessie Bucke
Sheila McCarthy ... Molly Jessop
Colin Fox ... Rev. Haines
David Gardner David Gardner ... Dr. Lett
Tom McCamus ... Leonard Thomas
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Agatha Haines
Marsha Moreau Marsha Moreau ... Birdie Bucke
Albert Schultz ... Dr. John Burgys
Angelo Rizacos Angelo Rizacos ... Wallace
Gordon Master Gordon Master ... John Carver
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... John Freeman
Roland Hewgill Roland Hewgill ... Timothy Pardee
Roger Clown 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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Drama

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Official Sites:

NFB (english) [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belos Sonhadores See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby

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Color
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Rare look at one man's power to change mental health
20 August 2006 | by solaraineSee all my reviews

The rating is only a 5 because it's a movie that could have used better acting and direction (or at least music!). However, for the achievements of Walt Whitman, it deserves a 10. A previous poster calls the movie cheesy, however, I think it's a simple case of not seeing the forest for the trees. The film makers were apparently more interested in getting the story out there than to have a Hollywood shiny feature film. And for this, I applaud them - the fact it is non-mainstream reflects the life of Whitman as well. This film is more documentary than for the sake of acting. To be fascinated with a story such as this, when you rarely hear of these types of stories that shape current day mental health, is the most important thing. I found it a highly enjoyable look at history.


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