An American Dream (film)

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An American Dream
An American Dream 1966.jpg
film poster
Directed by Robert Gist
Produced by William Conrad
Jimmy Lydon
Written by Norman Mailer (novel)
Mann Rubin (writer)
Starring Stuart Whitman
Janet Leigh
Eleanor Parker
Music by Johnny Mandel
Cinematography Sam Leavitt
Edited by George R. Rohrs
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English

An American Dream is a 1966 Technicolor drama film directed by Robert Gist, starring Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh.[1][2] It was adapted from the Norman Mailer novel of the same name.

Plot[edit]

Stephen Rojack, a war hero, returns home to become a tough-talking television commentator who strongly criticizes the police's inability to put an end to the criminal activities of an organized-crime figure, Ganucci.

Separated from his alcoholic wife, Deborah, he goes to her seeking a divorce. A violent argument breaks out, ending with Rojack throwing her from a 30-story window.

At the police station, where he tells the police his wife committed suicide, Rojack runs into Ganucci as well as the gangster's nephew, Nicky, and nightclub singer Cherry McMahon, a former girlfriend of his. Rojack resumes his romantic interest in Cherry, further infuriating the Ganuccis.

His dead wife's father, Barney Kelly, is suspicious about Deborah's death and confronts Rojack, getting him to admit his guilt. Instead of informing the police, Barney decides to let Rojack struggle with his conscience.

Meanwhile, bribing her with a singing contract, the Ganuccis are able to convince Cherry to lure Rojack into an ambush. At the last second, she breaks down and warns him. Rojack takes her gun and is able to shoot Nicky, but then is gunned down himself.

Production[edit]

When An American Dream bombed at the box office, the desperate distributors re-titled the film See You in Hell, Darling.[3]

Cast[edit]

Review[edit]

Intended as a horror movie by the director, it fails to create that effect, instead, according to Time Out (magazine), it turns out to be "just tediously violent".[4]

Although the film failed miserably at the box office, it got one Oscar nomination for Best Song, "A Time for Love," with music by Johnny Mandel and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An American Dream (1966)". Hollywood. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "An American Dream(1966)". Yahoo movies. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/see-you-in-hell-darling-123307
  4. ^ "An American Dream". Time Out. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "An American Dream (1966)". EMANUEL LEVY. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 

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