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Dreamers (1999)

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

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Ann Lu
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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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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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Happiness lies in one's courage to face reality. See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Jefferson City, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Dark Lantern Pictures See more »
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Johnny Knoxville, auditioned for roles of Ethan and Pete. He was not cast in either role. See more »

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Any day in any coffee shop in LA.
1 April 2000 | by jrome-3See all my reviews

It has been some time since I last saw DREAMERS and I look forward to seeing it again. I recall being very confused when I left the screening as to what about it had affected me so greatly. I also remember that the characters kept coming back to haunt me and I knew that I was very glad that I had seen it.

It doesn’t have a huge ‘Hollywood’ budget and so may disappoint those who want to see flash sets and cutting edge special effects - much like CELEBRATION turned off those who didn’t believe that a good film could be made on video. What it does have are believable situations and a truth about Hollywood and American dreams that makes many uncomfortable.

No one is pulling any star turns. These are all the same sorts you would meet any day at any coffee shop in LA - full of hope and trying to avoid the reality of their situation at all costs. It is not a film for those who grew up here and realised the falseness of this place by the time they were in grammar school. It is certainly not for those who still think the place is marvelous and haven’t yet worked it out. Rather, it is for those who grew up someplace else - kept going by the dream that one day they would get here and their lives would be better - only to arrive and find the stars were glitter covered cardboard and the camera hadn’t caught all of the grimy back alleys. Sure it’s been done before yet people still keep coming, being disappointed and making movies about it. This is a film about how to survive once you’ve made that realisation. Though it is quite cynical it somehow manages to avoid a dismal ending which is pretty amazing in this town.

It is also the only time that I have seen the real reason that you should love THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS (and it isn’t because your film teacher told you that you should).


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