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Dreamers (1999)

Two childhood friends dream about escaping to Los Angeles to pursue their fame and fortune.

Director:

Ann Lu

Writer:

Ann Lu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeremy Jordan ... Dave
Mark Ballou Mark Ballou ... Ethan
Courtney Gains ... Mike
Portia Dawson ... Patricia
Brian Krause ... Pete
Camille Gaston ... Matt
Ruth de Sosa Ruth de Sosa ... Valerie
Paul Bartel ... Larry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauralinda Bedell Lauralinda Bedell ... Angelle
Broc Benedict Broc Benedict ... Young Dave
Rina Bennett Rina Bennett ... Doctor in White Room
Kelly Biddlecome Kelly Biddlecome ... Kathy
Glenda Morgan Brown ... Barbara
Linda Castro ... Jane
Robert Cavanaugh Robert Cavanaugh ... David
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Storyline

A bittersweet satire about Hollywood's bottomless capacity for corruption, Dreamers follows the travails of two friends who leave their small Tennessee town for Tinseltown. Opening with a view of Hollywood through the lens of an Asian tourist's video camera accompanied by the movie-loving tourist's ramblings, the film cuts to Jefferson City, Tennessee, where two boys indulge in fantasies of fleeing to L.A. Several years later, one of those boys, Dave, is heading west to join his childhood friend Ethan in Hollywood. Ethan has spent the past five years trying unsuccessfully to finish his untitled film, scraping together a living as an Amway salesman and construction worker. Following his arrival, Dave finds brief work on a porn set before being fired, and, as part of an attempt to help Ethan find funding for his movie, loses his virginity to a lusty Beverly Hills housewife. Written by Rebecca Flint

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In Hollywood, dreams are formed, chased, realized and broken. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson City, Tennessee, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dark Lantern Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 18 days at 30 locations throughout Los Angeles, the movie was deemed too controversial by the IFP/West (Independent Film Project) and subsequently was not screened to IFP members. See more »

Connections

Featured in Killer Me (2001) See more »

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A funny and biting look at those who dream Hollywood dreams
15 February 1999 | by Amy-17See all my reviews

This film is about as self-reflexive as you can get: an indie film about making indie films. Midwesterner Dave follows his more street-wise friend Ethan to Hollywood with the intention of making it big as filmmakers. But it's not all fun and games in La-la land, as Dave comes to find out. Jordan and Ballou give excellent performances as Dave and Ethan, respectively. Dreamers is independent filmmaking at its best.


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