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Pope Dreams (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 April 2006 (USA)
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A young boy tries to make his dying mother's dream come true while navigating through his love life.


Patrick Hogan


Patrick Hogan
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Credited cast:
Phillip Vaden ... Andy Venable
Marnette Patterson ... Brady Rossman
Julie Hagerty ... Kristina Venable
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Carl Venable
Noel Fisher ... Pete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Anderson Samantha Anderson ... Heather
Casey Barclay Casey Barclay ... Eric
Jordan Belfi ... Lucas Bowman
Naleah Dey Naleah Dey ... Juanita Steinberg
Michael Edwin ... Case Officer
Chris Foreman ... Zane
Rif Hutton ... Riff Malloy (as Riff Hutton)
Barbara Lettieri ... Italian Phone Operator (voice)
Steve Loh Steve Loh ... Paramedic
Albert-James Motil Albert-James Motil ... Priest


In the vein of Good Will Hunting and Garden State, POPE DREAMS is a coming of age tale about a young man at a crossroads in life. Filled with heart, music, life, and loss. And a set of drums. Oh, and the Pope. POPE DREAMS is about a directionless nineteen-year old boy, Andy Venable, who works for his hard-case dad in a store warehouse during the day and plays drums in a loud heavy-metal band at night. His only clear goal at the moment is to get his sick mother, a devout Catholic, to meet the Pope before she dies. While he's busy with that, he falls for a girl who's totally out of his league and gets discovered by two Broadway producers for a musical talent that just might be his true calling. Andy's a dreamer. But dreaming is easy. It's reality that's hard. Written by the official Pope Dreams web site

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The video that Andy and Brady watch on their first date Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet (2003) is an earlier film made by Producer Steve Loh. See more »

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Pope Dreams Becomes Music for My Mother ****
29 June 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

I just saw this film on Lifetime and it was titled "Music for My Mother." No matter what the title, this is a very impressive movie detailing a sensitive guy who loves music and is masterful at creating it.

A very good film detailing human relations among people. When a young lady can't get permission from her college professor father to go to Florida with her boyfriend, she resorts to chicanery to win her father over. She purposely goes out with a "lowlife" so that her father will give in and be happy that she is back with her regular guy. Of course, the idea is that the "lowlife" turns out to be our musical genius who soon impresses her dad with his uncanny ability to write beautiful music.

This is also a story of sadness as the young man's mother is terminally ill with cancer. Julie Hagerty is impressive in the latter role.

While the ending is sad, you will be uplifted by the music and that life goes on. A wonderful tribute to life even with its tribulations.

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27 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$750,000 (estimated)
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