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An American Dream


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Heiress Falls to Death, Husband Alleges Suicide newspaper headlines declare. But the cops don't buy it. They believe it's a case of cold-blooded murder and they're pinning it on Steven Rojack (Stuart Whitman), a controversial TV talk show host whose prime-time
target is the city's mafia-infested police force. Walking a tightrope between the cops and the mob that owns them, Rojack finds sanctuary in the arms of his former flame (Janet Leigh), a woman he left in the dust years ago. Will she betray his trust and set him up for a fall - or take a second chance on love? Based on Norman Mailer's lurid bestseller, this scintillating murder mystery
will keep you guessing until the last shocking line of dialogue. Eleanor Parker, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan and George Takei co-star.

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  • Actors: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan
  • Directors: Robert Gist
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ASQ1OI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An American Dream" on IMDb

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on July 21, 2011
Format: DVD
[AN AMERICAN DREAM - (1966) - Widescreen presentation - Directed by Robert Gist] First comes the engagement ring, next the wedding ring, then the suffering, followed by the slandering, finally the murdering. These are the five rings of matrimony, as delivered to us by Norman Mailer's novel via this schlocky, campy, sleazy celluloid sewage. It's absolutely marvelous in a John Waters meets Jacqueline Suzanne by way of Otto Preminger kitschy kind of way. Those of you enjoying such delightful dumpster diving know who you are, the rest of you need not apply.

Stuart Whitman is near-awful as a star here; he's no kind of leading man, more of a second-rate second banana and comes off as the guy you just can't wait to witness being destroyed. It almost happens immediately, but then we'd have little to snicker over, so Eleanor Parker bites it instead. She's magnificent as the vindictive rich bitch of a wife who just has to go down - literally, from the penthouse terrace. She's missed as soon as she's written off, unfortunately, as I had hoped there would be flashbacks with much more of her hormonal hysterics and malicious mouth-offs. Too bad. Barry Sullivan is subtly efficient as the police detective who wants to lock him up but isn't 100% certain he killed his carnivorous wife; however, his assistant is completely convinced and tears after him like Nancy Grace after Casey Anthony. Just when I had doubts about this purchase, in strolls Janet Leigh, looking absolutely scrumptious as the jilted lover from Whitman's past, pretty much insuring he has no future. She's a nightclub singer who dates a mobster, so the moment Whitman cries on her sexy, exposed shoulder we know events will ultimately become as cheery as Father's day at an orphanage.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on December 5, 2012
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An American Dream is so bad it's good ! Eleanor Parker has to be seen and heard to believed in a scene of pure bitchery.Other Hollywood stars are in this also but she makes the show ! Janet Leigh looks gorgeous, and plays a very tough girl role, a nightclub singer who is a real piece of work. Lovers of trashy,campy films will like this the most.
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By Roy Williams on November 4, 2014
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Norman Mailer disowned this film. Understanding Norman, I understand why. An American Dream is often listed among the worst cinema efforts.
In truth this film is a snap shot of Los Angeles in the 1960's. The look of mid century LA is disappearing daily. The actors are "TV" actors of the era.
Looked at that way, An American Dream is the mid 1960's at its best and deserving of re-evaluation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Forringer on February 8, 2014
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Eleanor Parker deserved an oscar for this performance.
However I do question some of the costume choices that were made for Janet Leigh's character.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By chilipepperdood on March 8, 2013
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Not only is this movie poorly made (even for its time), but it doesn't follow the book by Norman Mailer at all -- completely different ending. I definitely regret wasting 103 minutes on this movie.
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