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Dreamers (1999)

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

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Featured in Killer Me (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
Courtesy of Stanyan Records
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Very poetic
14 February 2005 | by DoylesigersonSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see Dreamers at a screening in Los Angeles, and I was struck by the poetry of this film. Because Ann Lu is a native of China, I think she brings a unique perspective to Hollywood and the tale of two young filmmakers obsessed with making cinema. It's a Hollywood we don't normally see -- a world of subtle compromises, quiet ambition, and relentless dreams. Where most films about film-making depict the struggles of Hollywood through cliché, this film reveals its protagonist through his dysfunctional relationship with his possessive mother. Lu shows us the painful reality of broken homes, and how that pain follows us and influences us well into adulthood. The direction here is evocative of the French new wave, with suburb acting. It is a must for those fascinated by what propels, shatters, and ultimately fulfills our dreams.


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