American Dreamer ("I Love the 80s" Edition, CD Included)

Starring: JoBeth Williams & Tom Conti Director: Rick Rosenthal  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure.
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1984
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French
    • Dolby Stereo Surropund - English, French
    • Subtitles - English

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I think I'm in love with her." "Oh, isn't that nice." "You don't understand; she's a nut." "You're father was one of the biggest nuts of the whole world, and I loved him dearly for 33 yeares. Even when he chained himself to a tree during an electrical storm and dared the lightning to strike him which, unfortunately, it did."
  - Alan McMann (Tom Conti) to his mother Margaret McMann (Coral Browne).

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 10/10/1984
"...AMERICAN DREAMER emerges as a pleasant throwback to earlier forms of Hollywood farce....[Williams] maximizes the comedic potential..."

Product Description:

A bored housewife who reads romantic thrillers for excitement wins a writing contest with the grand prize of a trip to Paris. There she meets with a strange accident which causes her to believe that she is the famous character of the novels she reads.

Plot Synopsis:

A bored housewife with writing aspirations enters a mystery-writing contest to win a free trip for two to Paris. When she unexpectedly wins, her officious and neglectful husband refuses to go with her so she leaves alone.
Once there, she falls in front of a car driven by the Spanish ambassador and awakens thinking she is Rebecca Ryan, the heroine in a series of pulp mysteries. As Rebecca, she has numerous adventures -- including falling in love.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Romance | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Reviewed in MFB 5/1985.
  • Shot in Technicolor, using Panavision equipment.
  • Opticals by Modern Film Effects; title design by Wayne Fitzgerald. Rheda choreographed the Paris nightclub dance from an idea by Jean Marie Riviere.

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  • UPC: 097361406848
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