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

Williams and Conti give it their all, and the material gives them nothing much in return.

May 8, 2005

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March 22, 2004
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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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