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American Dreamer [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 7141416
  • Release Date: 05/03/2005
  • Rating: PG
American Dreamer stars JoBeth Wiliams as a bored housewife whose only excitement comes when she escapes into the books of Rebecca Ryan, an author who writes a series of romantic thrillers. She wins a writing contest and is awarded a trip to Paris. After suffering a head injury, she believes she is Rebecca Ryan. The supporting cast includes Tom Conti as the man responsible for bringing her to her senses, and Giancarlo Giannini as a mysterious man whose actions help the housewife continue her delusion.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
    • English subtitles
    • Closed Captioned


    American Dreamer
    In this farcical look at a female detective/mystery story writer, Cathy Palmer (JoBeth Williams) is an ordinary housewife living in Ohio with a condescending husband who is far from ideal. When Cathy wins a writing contest and has the chance to go to Paris and meet the author of the romance novels she loves, her husband tries to prevent the trip. In the end, Cathy's interests prevail, though her husband still refuses to go with her. After arriving in Paris, Cathy is knocked down by a car and wakes up in the hospital with all memory of her past life erased. In its place, she believes she is Rebecca Ryan, the heroine in the romance novels she has read. Carrying her unconscious role to the hilt, she dresses in elegant clothes and meets the comically rattled Alan McMann (Tom Conti) who becomes her partner, of sorts. Little does she know that Alan is not Rebecca's secretary, but the actual ghost writer of the Ryan novels. Cathy begins to suspect that villains are lurking everywhere, and her intuition in that regard is unerring -- she has doubts about the klutzy leader of the French opposition party (Giancarlo Giannini), and it turns out her doubts are well-founded. As the plot thickens, it becomes apparent that sooner or later Cathy-cum-Rebecca will have to realize the truth about her identity, but in the meantime, much skullduggery awaits. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • JoBeth Williams
      JoBeth Williams - Cathy Palmer
    • Tom Conti
      Tom Conti - Alan McMann
    • Giancarlo Giannini
      Giancarlo Giannini - Victor Marchand
    • Coral Browne
      Coral Browne - Margaret McMann
    • James Staley
      James Staley - Kevin Palmer

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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Romantic Farce


      I didn't even know about this movie until it came out on video. It is one of my favorites. Jo Beth Williams is wonderful as an amnesiac who believes she is a crime fighting sleuth. Tom Conti plays an excellent straight man to her zaniness. I don't believe this movie ever got the credit it was due.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love This Movie!!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      My whole family has loved this movie since it came out! What a great story and fantastic acting - JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti are fantastic! Romance, Suspense, Murder Mystery, Action, Comedy... all in one! I gave 5 points for Cinematography because for the time, this was excellent.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An excellent comedy for the whole family

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Tom Conti and JoBeth Williams are totally enchanting in this hilarious comedy with unexpected twists and engaging characters.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Always enjoyable

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Always enjoyed this film. The two main characters are perfect

      I would recommend this to a friend

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