BEAUTIFUL DREAMER: DVD
Joe (Colin Egglesfield), a B-24 pilot, taught to fly as a boy by his beloved grandfather (Barry Corbin), is shot down over Europe during W.W.II and eventually declared dead. His new wife, Claire Kelly (Brooke Langton), is shattered. But two years later, Claire bumps into Joe's co-pilot who tells her Joe survived the crash and that indeed, he had seen Joe a year earlier, passing by. Claire sets out to find Joe - and finds him working in a nearby town at a small aviation company, with his partner Clay (William Lee Scott). But Joe doesn't recognize Claire; upset and confused, she seeks the help of Dr. Kessler (James Denton), a specialist in war related trauma. He tells her to stay close but be discreet. Eventually, Claire accepts that Joe's condition isn't going to improve and returns to her Boone City home.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A crowd pleaser, beautifully photographed and designed, Beautiful Dreamer is the kind of romantic war drama that focuses on the after effects of the war. Indeed, the war is well and truly over within the first 15 minutes of the film, and there is only one aerial battle scene. The story is more concerned with the aftermath, when the young soldier who went to war as Joe, comes back as a victim of amnesia, called by the name Tommy. How he gets the name is told in a small but poignant flashback.
The story is told with considerable economy, tightly edited to its 86 minutes, yet retaining a nostalgic pace, in keeping with the relatively leisured late 40s. Performances are tops, with both Brooke Langton and Colin Egglesfield creating engaging characters. Excellent support work from William Lee Scott as brash young businessman Clay, and Rusty Schwimmer as his long suffering and all knowing secretary.
Beautiful Dreamer excels at maintaining its mood and its romantic tension, avoids the traps that could foul it with mawkishness and resolves its story with a romanticised glow that will please diehard romantics.
Published July 19, 2007
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BEAUTIFUL DREAMER: DVD (M)
CAST: Brooke Langton, Colin Egglesfield, Lauren Woodland, James Denton, Rusty Schwimmer, William Lee Scott, Elise Jackson, Barry Corbin, William B. Jackson
PRODUCER: Terry Chase Chenowith, Jack Robinson
DIRECTOR: Terri Farley-Teruel
SCRIPT: Terry Chase Chenowith
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Bridges
EDITOR: Charlie Ireland
MUSIC: Ramon Balcazar
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Phillip Godwin, Peter Kanter
RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: none
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Peacock Films
DVD RELEASE: July 18, 2007