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American Dreamer [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LL9YQI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
Cathy Palmer's husband is the same type as the husband in "Shirley Valentine" ASIN: 6301627024 and "Enchanted April" ASIN: 6302728657. 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. But as her husband Kevin Palmer (James Staley) 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 wining 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 lets say that Cathy mysteriously disappears in Europe and Rebecca Ryan suddenly appears with Dimitri to fulfil her mission to save The Count.
Move over 007 here come Rebecca Ryan and she always gets her person.
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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.
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As a published romance writer, I'm in awe of all the twists and turns in this movie and it is one of the reason it tops the list of my favourite films. I love, love, love this movie and highly recommend it. It's filled with romance, action, adventure and intrigue, and is a charming and witty romp that does more than entertain you. It's a feel-good movie that has you coming back to watch it again and again. High-Society Secret Baby (Silhouette Desire)
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By Liveinhope on 1 May 2011
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I first saw this film many years ago and thoughly enjoyed it. I looked for years for the DVD, when I found and bought the DVD - I was not disappointed as sometimes happens, I enjoyed it all over again.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
JoBeth Is A Dream 28 Jun. 2000
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An exuberant wife and mother of two, with a flair for the written word finds adventure in "American Dreamer," a comedy from director Rick Rosenthal. Cathy Palmer (JoBeth Williams) enters a writing contest (two-thousand words written in the style of the famous "Rebecca Ryan" adventure-thriller series) and wins a week-long trip for two to Paris, France, to attend a luncheon to be given in her honor. When her patronizing husband, Kevin (James Staley) refuses to go (too much work at the office), and forbids her to go, as well, she asserts herself, finds a sitter for her two boys and goes anyway. While taking in some of the sights of Paris on her way to the luncheon, she is hit by a car and bashes her head on the pavement. When she awakens in the hospital, she thinks she is Rebecca Ryan, and her real adventures begin in earnest. First, a new wardrobe, charged to the hotel in which "Rebecca" resides. Actually, it's the home of Alan McMann (Tom Conti), son of Margaret McMann (Coral Browne), the author of the "Ryan" series. When Cathy shows up at Alan's as Rebecca, he takes it as a joke being played on him by one of his friends, and goes along with it. And very quickly, he wishes he hadn't; before he knows it, they're up to their necks in intrigue, involving political machinations and heads of state from a number of different countries. Not to worry, though, "Rebecca Ryan" is on the case. It's all a flight of fancy, played with gusto by the delightful JoBeth Williams. Her Cathy is the dutiful wife and mother, not necessarily demure, but cautious; when Rebecca takes over, however, she lets go without restraint. Rebecca comes on with both barrels, spunky and full of moxie, and Williams sells it completely, playing perfectly off of Conti's initially bemused, then confused, and ultimately alarmed Alan. Their timing is right on the money, and Rosenthal never lets it slow down; for this kind of story to work, it has to move fast, and it has to stay fun, and on both fronts Rosenthal succeeds. The story itself may lack some plausibility, but it doesn't make any difference; just suspend any disbelief for awhile, and go with it, because this movie is just what it's supposed to be: Entertaining and funny. And, it doesn't hurt that Williams sprinkles it all with charm. There's some memorable scenes here, including one in which Rebecca, at a party for some dignitaries, whispers what turns out to be a secret code to Don Carlos (Jean Rougerie), an ambassador from Spain, the consequences of which are hilarious. The supporting cast includes Giancarlo Giannini (Victor), Pierre Santini (Inspector Klaus), Leon Zitrone (Ivan), Christopher Daniel Barnes (Kevin, Jr.) and Huckleberry Fox (Karl). "American Dreamer" is light, breezy fare; it's well made and delivered with plenty of fun, thanks mostly to Williams, with an able and noteworthy assist from both Conti and Rosenthal. This may not be a classic, but for an evenings entertainment, this will aptly fill the bill. Moreover, it's one you're going to want to watch more than once, because it's fun, and it's going to leave you with a smile on your face. And, when you think about it, that's not a bad bargain in today's world.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
JoBeth Williams in her greatest movie performance 16 Aug. 2005
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
I'm continually amazed and confounded why the critics butchered this film when it was first released. AMERICAN DREAMER stars JoBeth Williams in one of her greatest roles, with fine support from Tom Conti and Coral Browne.

As a faithful wife to her colourless husband (James Staley) and attentive mother to two boys (Huckleberry Fox, C.B. Barnes), Cathy Palmer finds more romance and adventure in her beloved "Rebecca Ryan" novels. Cathy enters a contest where she has to submit a story written in the style of "Rebecca Ryan", and wins the trip to romantic Paris. Her husband forbids her to go, but realising this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Cathy packs her bags and goes alone. While siteseeing, Cathy is mugged and hit by a car, and waking up the hospital becomes convinced that she is indeed Rebecca Ryan, in the middle of one of her famous cases of international espionage.

JoBeth Williams is so wonderful as Cathy/Rebecca and turns in one of her greatest performances. Not to mention her lush wardrobe of designer clothes! Tom Conti plays the bewildered author of the "Rebecca Ryan" novels, caught up in Cathy's fantasy. With Coral Browne and Giancarlo Giannini. If you have yet to see AMERICAN DREAMER, I highly recommend it. This is a classic in my book.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
It's coming out on DVD finally!!!! 3 Nov. 2004
By jaded - Published on Amazon.com
For all of you diehard American Dreamer fans who have waited patiently (and not so patiently)for the movie to be released on DVD...You wish has been granted. I have been writing fox etc. for years (along with many others) to have this movie put on DVD. According to a CBS exective (posing from another site)the movie is being released on DVD sometime in 2005 through paramount studios ( a sister company), not a very precise date but at least confirmation that it will be brought out on DVD. Apparently all the demands have made a difference !

Hope this helps people :o)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Charming and light-hearted 8 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Ignore the professional reviews above; they're not accurate. This is a gentle, witty, charming confection of a movie, well worth watching over and over again. Despite what Gorman and Maltin say, this is not a rip-off of Romancing the Stone, not even close. The relationship at the core of Romancing the Stone is adversarial, founded on deceit and one-upsmanship (just like in every other Michael Douglas movie ;>). In American Dreamer, the relationship between Williams and Conti may start in delusion on her part and exasperation on his, but it evolves into an affectionate collaboration.
JoBeth Williams plays a woman trapped in a marriage to a condescending man who wants a housekeeper, not an equal partner. (A dynamic familiar to many women in the early eighties. :>) She enters a "Rebecca Ryan" writing contest where the first prize is a trip for two to Paris -- and wins. Despite her best efforts to cajole her husband into accompanying her, he persists in belittling her accomplishment. Not only does he refuse to go to Paris with her, he also tries to prevent her from going, too.
Despite his best efforts (and much to his consternation :)), she goes anyway. Through a series of mishaps, she gets amnesia (it is a Hollywood comedy, after all), and wakes up thinking that she actually is Rebecca Ryan, the designer-clad heroine of a series of spy novels, written by Tom Conti's mother (well, his character's mother, but you knew what I meant). She shows up at "Rebecca's" suite at the Hotel Crillion (actually occupied by Conti), and the chase is on...
With plot twists that will actually catch you by surprise, one of the best slapstick comedy scenes in any movie (and yes, guys, this _does_ include the Three Stooges ;>), and a delightfully egalitarian relationship at the core of it, American Dreamer is a excellent choice for frittering away a rainy afternoon. And guys, it's a _great_ date movie.
To the publisher: please, please, please, please, please release this on DVD...
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
For the Rebecca Ryan in all of us 3 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Who hasn't fantasized about adventure and intrigue in exotic locations? This movie is a delight--funny, charming, and romantic. I've seen it over and over, and can't get enough. Tom Conti is perfectly cast as the bemused, exasperated, unwilling, and finally entranced hero, but the show really belongs to Jobeth Williams. Her portrayal of a vaguely dissatisfied but still devoted wife who accidentally takes on the persona of a madcap adventuress is priceless. I think I'll watch it again right now!
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