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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 Colin Fox ... Rev. Haines
David Gardner David Gardner ... Dr. Lett
Tom McCamus ... Leonard Thomas
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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most viewers missed the heart of this movie
15 September 2005 | by babyhawk22See all my reviews

This little film had long been on my "keeper" list. Do people realize how stressed out, menopausal, emotionally abused women (as well as the mentally retarded) were REALLY treated by the medical profession at the turn of the century??!! All of the pious uptight Christian attitudes of that time were deadly to exploring TRUE emotional feelings that would allow us to embrace suffering souls, let alone explore what it means to embrace our humanity. Can you really imagine (by today's standards) that Walt Whitman's books were banned because he acknowledged women as having feelings and emotional responses as great as a mans? Think about that! The sensitivity of this movie still gets me and I give credit to the director for capturing this through his eyes.


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Official Sites:

NFB (english) [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1992 (USA) See more »

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Belos Sonhadores See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby

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Color
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