American Dreamer

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • UPC: 097361406848
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
JoBeth Williams Cathy Palmer
Tom Conti Alan McMann
Giancarlo Giannini Victor Marchand
Coral Browne Margaret McMann
James Staley Kevin Palmer
Huckleberry Fox Karl Palmer
Christopher Daniel Barnes Kevin Palmer Jr.
Leon Zitrone Russian Ambassador
Jean Rougerie Don Carlos
Pierre Santini Inspector
Brian Eatwell Malcolm
Annick Alane Givenchy Saleswoman
Albert Augier Customs Inspector
Michel Bardinet Rafael Lesueur
Serge Berry Givenchy Manager
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Man With Matchbook, Thief on Bike
Robin Coleman Golf Buddy
Janine Darcey Lady on Train
Christian de Tilière Train Passenger
Alain Flick Train Passenger
Ginette Garcin Nurse
Anna Gaylor Woman at Bookstore
Gilberte Geniat Embassy Guest
Pierre Gerard Thief on Bike
Murray Gronwall Gendarme
Fernand Guiot Limo Driver
Alan Haufrect Golf Buddy
Vic Heutschy American Tourist
Alain Janey Embassy Guest
Jeffrey Kramer Gold Buddy
Jacques Maury Crillon Manager
Jean-Claude Montalban Bellman
Hubert Noel Doctor At Nightclub
Pierre Olaf Priest
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew Russian Diplomat
Nancy Stephens Jacqueline
Katia Tchenko Embassy Guest
André Valardy Dimitri
Francois Viaur Crillon Night Doorman
Technical Credits
Rick Rosenthal Director
Ann Biderman Original Story
Michele Cerf Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Chapin Producer
Carlos Conti Set Decoration/Design
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Brian Eatwell Production Designer
Marc Frederix Art Director
Lewis Furey Score Composer, Songwriter
Gregory Garrison Set Decoration/Design
Jeffrey L. Goldstein Art Director
Anne Goursaud Editor
David Greenwalt Screenwriter
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
M. James Kouf Jr. Screenwriter
Barry Krost Executive Producer, Producer
Mark Medoff Screenwriter
Bob Mills Makeup
Paul Pollard Camera Operator
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Mort Schwartz Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Dreamer
1. Brilliant Rebecca [3:33]
2. First Prize Winner [8:02]
3. Chance of a Lifetime [6:59]
4. Finally In Paris [5:32]
5. Shopping Spree [4:04]
6. A Little Game [10:28]
7. Drunk and Disorderly [7:47]
8. Reckless Behavior [4:28]
9. Forewarning [8:35]
10. Nonexistent [8:39]
11. Traces of Cathy [7:23]
12. Time for Romance [5:32]
13. Making the Train [4:03]
14. Reality [4:47]
15. Captured [5:28]
16. Happy Ending [9:27]
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Disc #1 -- American Dreamer
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   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         English 2.0 Surround
         Français
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Subtitle: None
   Scene Selection
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