Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday Film Night ~ American Dreamer

This week we have given away our first ever guests spot for Friday Film Night! Special guest Maxine Sullivan has given her take on her favourite movie of all time. We thought it entirely appropriate to let her take us on this journey as the heroine of our movie is…a romance writer!!!


If you want to see the best movie ever, then you can’t go wrong with this delightful little gem.

“American Dreamer” is a 1984 romantic comedy starring JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti and 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.

JoBeth Williams plays Cathy Palmer, an unappreciated American housewife who is also an aspiring writer. She enters a writing contest in the vein of the ‘Rebecca Ryan’ novels, and unexpectedly wins first prize. As a writer myself who received The Call a year ago, I can totally relate to the moment when Cathy reads the telegram telling her that she’s won the trip to Paris. That scene gives me a lump in my throat every time I watch it.

Once in Paris, Cathy’s adventure starts when she gets hit on the head then wakes up believing that she’s Rebecca Ryan, the heroine in the romance/mystery novels she loves to read. Enter Alan McMann (Tom Conti) who somehow gets swept up in Rebecca’s escapades and falls in love with her at the same time.

But for all that Cathy/Rebecca is living a fantasy, she and Alan really do get caught up in the world of drug dealers, espionage, and murders, all done in a lighthearted comedic tone that doesn’t detract from enjoying this appealingly warm movie. And just when you think it’s over, watch out. It isn’t.

A couple of things of interest about the actors and actresses in this movie. Alan’s mother, played by Coral Browne, was an Australian married to Vincent Price. And Cathy’s eldest son in the movie played Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995. You’ll also see the actor who plays Victor Marchand was recently in Casino Royale, the newest James Bond movie, and if you can suspend disbelief for that you’ll have no trouble suspending it for American Dreamer.

But I’m not the only one who loves this movie. Bestselling and multi-published author, Jenny Crusie, lists it as her favourite movie too!

With something like 81 reviews on Amazon alone, and with a five star average rating!, there’s a lot out there about American Dreamer, but do yourself a favour and watch the DVD and judge for yourself.

This movie reminds us as writers not to give up on our dreams. You might even find that it may well help them come true.

Warm and Fuzzy rating of 10!

Maxine’s first book, “The Millionaire’s Seductive Revenge” is due for release in North America in February 2007, followed by “The Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress” in May 2007, and “The Executive’s Vengeful Seduction” in August 2007.

For more, check out her website!


  1. I have not seen this one. Sounds like a really fun movie. I'll have to add it to my list!!! Thanks!

  2. I know I must have seen this movie, but I'll look for it again.

    More to the point, OMG, what a hot cover... He's just yummy... Will look for your book today. :) I don't read too many Desires these days, but the few I have I enjoyed so I'll be sure to pick yours up! Congrats!


  3. Sam, yes, try and get the movie if you can.

    As for my cover guy, Ally wants him too but I've told her she can't have him. He's gorgeous and he's mine. :)

    Hope you get a chance to read my book. As a new author it's such a thrilling time for me.


  4. I bought this DVD because I like Jo Beth Williams...very entertaining.

    LOVE the cover...can't wait to grab the book!

  5. What is it about that steepled hand thing? I either read or heard something about what that means, body-language wise, and I can't remember. It's just a very unusual cover, really... sexy, but just unique as well, the pose. I do plan to get it, you can be sure. ;)


  6. I should never have allowed you to have your cover on display again Maxine. Now more people think they have dibs on your man.

    Just to make sure everyone here's it nice and loud - HE'S MINE (when Maxine is busy of course ;))

    I've never seen this movie but it looks like soooo much fin! the kind of thing my mum and I would sit down and giggle through together.

    Thanks Maxine!


  7. Ally, I suppose you can have him when I'm busy elsewhere. But I want him back after that, okay?

    Sam, those steepled fingers mean he is plotting his revenge on the poor heroine. But those hands do look a trifle largish. Perhaps there's a subliminal message in there? :)