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American Dreamer
American Dreamer
Actors: JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini, Coral Browne, James Staley
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2009     1hr 45min

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 02/03/2009 Run time: 105 minutes Rating: Pg


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Actors: JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini, Coral Browne, James Staley
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Creators: Giuseppe Rotunno, Jan de Bont, Barry Krost, Doug Chapin, Ann Biderman, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Espionage, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1984
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The trick is, never let them enter contests.
bernie | Arlington, Texas | 03/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cathy Palmer's husband Kevin Palmer (James Staley) is the same type as the husband in "Shirley Valentine" (1989) and "Enchanted April" (1992). You know the kind. Not so much atrophied as just preoccupied with their business and own life that wives like Cathy (JoBeth Williams) become an after thought. However, as her husband says, "The important thing kid is that you are doing something that you like to do" as he nonchalantly brushes her off on his way out the door.
Naturally, Cathy's head is full of Rebecca Ryan novels and after winning a Rebecca Ryan writing contest she adds language skills needed for her trip to Europe.
This is where the story begins and I stop. I would like to describe more however, let us say that Cathy mysteriously disappears in Europe and Rebecca Ryan suddenly appears with Dimitri to fulfill her mission to save The Count.
Move over 007 here come Rebecca Ryan and she always gets her person.
Light, but enjoyable
D. Cover | 02/12/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While it didn't win any Oscars, this movie is a great little story. It is just fun to think about stepping into one of your favorite mysteries and taking over the protagonist's life. While the story is isn't anymore so than the genre of books it references. If you read light mysteries, you'll like this movie.

The actual video was as expected, but the I love the 80's edition just included a CD with a few 80s songs...not something I'd pay extra for, but the price was the same as the edition without, so its a small bonus."
American Dreamer - A Charmer
Amafan | Schenectady, NY | 09/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This a charming film. JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti play their roles to perfection. You learn enough about both the lead characters to care about the outcome of their multiple misadventures. It is a romp, yet has its bitterseet moments -- a truly engaging romantic comedy."
Delightful gem finally on DVD
M. Stueben | Kailua Kona HI USA | 02/27/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This little film was largely overlooked during thearical release. I saw one 'preview of coming attractions', kept my eyes open, and even so missed its brief theatrical release.
Several years later I rented the VHS. It started out slowly, and my husband drifted off to do something else. However, soon my giggles and guffaws drew him back, as the story picked up once the heroine arrives in Paris. After a minor accident she awakens believing she is the heroine of her favorite romantic suspense novels -- a female version of James Bond or Jason Bourne. She hooks up with the son of the books' author, and poor hapless Tom Conti finds himself enmeshed in her fantasy - which seemingly becomes reality. So many wonderful, hilarious moments!
Giancarlo Giannini, seen as Mathis in the two most recent Bond films, plays a comedic foil to Jobeth Williams' adventure. He also appears in another gem of a film with Tom Conti -- Saving Grace -- which I am STILL waiting for on DVD.
We bought the video of American Dreamer, and kept searching for a DVD release. It FINALLY became available in this edition, and we ordered it immediately."