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The Dream Catcher (1999)

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Low-budget filmmaker Ed Radtke's second feature is a male-oriented road movie about two unlikely characters thrown together by a strange fate. Freddy (Maurice Compte), who has a pregnant girlfriend back home and no prospects for the future, tries to board a moving train but only ends up losing his bag and cap. He meets a delinquent- looking adolescent named Albert (Paddy Connor) at a service station. Despite protests from Freddy, Albert sticks to him like glue and proves to be a useful companion. The reasons each character has for taking the long journey are revealed gradually. Freddy is looking for his uncle to get some news of his long-lost father, while Albert, who has escaped from reform school, is trying to find his mother with nothing more than a postcard she has written as a clue to her whereabouts. As the characters slowly get to know one another, they also discover rural America through chance encounters with a gallery of diverse characters from soldiers to Indians. Director Ed Radtke, who was once convicted of felony himself, displays his first-hand knowledge of adolescent delinquency. He also draws a remarkable portrait of troubled youth, looking for roots and a sense of identity, but always on guard, knowing only too well that there are no miracles in a cruel and harsh world. Although the film is character-driven, the landscape (shot beautifully by Terry Stacey) plays a very important part in setting the mood. Despite its low budget, The Dream Catcher was shot in eight states across the U.S. in more than hundred locations involving several night shoots. There are more than forty speaking roles. Producer Julia Reichert brought students on the set and also involved young offenders from detention centers in the writing and acting process. The Dream Catcher was shown in competition at the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival, where it received the second prize of the Young Jury (UBS).

Cast

Jeanne Heaton
as Katherine
Joseph Arthur
as Freddy's Father
Larry John Meyers
as Freddy's Uncle
David Reece
as Deer Hunter
Leslie Orr
as Woman at ATM
Buck Truitt
as Cashier
Sean Wolf Hill
as Threatening Driver
Tom Wamsley
as Trucker in Bathroom
Rohn Thomas
as Raymond
Fred Gloor
as Fisherman
Kim Tuvin
as Nursing Home Nurse
Temba Ngqakayi
as Irate Driver
Lonna D. Kingsbury
as Cafeteria Worker
Jeff Carter
as Principal
Frank R. Lewis
as Garage Attendant
Robin Mullins
as Albert's Mom
Howard Shook
as Lead Thug
Zuella Murray
as Caretaker's Wife
Andrew John
as Caretaker's Kid
Dallas James Naljahih
as Caretaker's Kid
Miya Cerno
as Infant
Les Paul
as Man in Pick-up Truck
Patricia Martínez
as Young Woman in Truck
Gary Zweig
as Store Manager
Matt Miller
as Lieutenant
Jason Love
as Police Officer
William D. Young Jr.
as Police Officer
Patricia McUey
as Police Officer
Terry Alton Inlow
as Police Officer
Bob Barnes
as Diner Owner
Roger Winkler
as Diner Regular
James Taylor
as Diner Regular
Val Worbman
as Diner Regular
Dalton Bybee
as Kid in Van
Dylan Bybee
as Kid in Van
Henley Green
as Parent in Van
Stuart Klorfine
as Parent in Van
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Peculiarly American in perspective.

March 15, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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