American Dreamer (1984)




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American Dreamer stars JoBeth Wiliams as a bored housewife whose only excitement comes when she escapes into reading about Rebecca Ryan, the central character in a series of romantic thriller novels. She wins a writing contest and is awarded a trip to Paris. After suffering a head injury, she believes she really 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.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


JoBeth Williams
as Cathy Palmer
Tom Conti
as Alan McMann
Giancarlo Giannini
as Victor Marchand
Coral Browne
as Margaret McMann
James Staley
as Kevin Palmer
Huckleberry Fox
as Karl Palmer
Jean Rougerie
as Don Carlos Dominguez
Pierre Santini
as Inspector Klaus
Leon Zitrone
as Russian Ambassador
Alain Flick
as Train Passenger
Yassan Khan
as Train Passenger
Christian de Tilière
as Train Passenger
André Valardy
as Dimitri
Robin Coleman
as Golf Buddy
Jeffrey Cramer
as Golf Buddy
Alan Haufrect
as Golf Buddy
Jeffrey Kramer
as Gold Buddy
Fernand Guiot
as Limo Driver
Frank Olivier Bonnet
as Thief on Bike/Man with Matchbook
Pierre Gérard
as Thief on Bike
Yanou Collart
as Marguerite Lasueur
Anna Gaylor
as Woman at Bookstore
Brian Eatwell
as Malcolm
Annick Alane
as Givenchy Saleswoman
Serge Berry
as Givenchy Manager
Michel Bardinet
as Rafael Lesueur
Michel Melki
as Crillon Desk Clerk
Jacques Maury
as Crillon Manager
Helene Hily
as Miss Bonner
Vlodek Press
as Russian Diplomat
Jerzy Rogulski
as Russian Diplomat
Beatrice Camaraut
as Embassy Guest
Gilberte Geniat
as Embassy Guest
Murray Gronwall
as Gendarme
Franck-Olivier Bonnet
as Man With Matchbook
Alain Janey
as Embassy Guest
Alexandra Lorska
as Embassy Guest
Katia Tchenko
as Embassy Guest
Genevieve Omni
as Embassy Guest
Francois Viaur
as Crillon Night Doorman
Nancy Stephens
as Jacqueline
Murray Gronwalk
as Gendarme
Pierre Olaf
as Priest
Hubert Noël
as Doctor At Nightclub
C. Eleanor Heutschy
as American Tourist
Janine Darcey
as Lady on Train
Albert Augier
as Customs Inspector
Guy Montagni
as Cab Driver
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew
as Russian Diplomat
Jerzy Pujszo
as Russian Diplomat
Vic Heutschy
as American Tourist
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Critic Reviews for American Dreamer

All Critics (6)

Williams has been just fine in co-starring roles or as part of ensembles, but she struggles mightily to carry this heavy-handed comedy on her shoulders; still, she's better than Conti, whose miscasting is a perpetual distraction.

Full Review… | September 17, 2016
Creative Loafing

Doesn't hold many surprises.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Resoundingly generic "Romancing the Stone" copycat.

July 26, 2002

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July 23, 2005

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March 22, 2004
One Guy's Opinion

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July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for American Dreamer

This is an 1984 movie and still receiving highly positive audience reviews. That in itself should say something. And the "professional Reviewers" gave it a rock bottom rarting. Check the ratings. If nothing else, it reflects the distance between the guys on the street (like me) and the movie pundits. Long live the guys on the street !

John Hebbe
John Hebbe

Charming caper film with JoBeth Williams obviously having fun and the wonderful Coral Browne in support.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This is a light-hearted, funny movie. I have enjoyed watching over and over. The cast works well together and it cannot be taken seriously.

Margareta Tommos
Margareta Tommos

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