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American Dreamer

March 8, 2024
1hr 38min
Status: released

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American Dreamer Movie Details:

Based onA segment from This American Life
Country United States
Language English
Release DatesJune 11, 2022 (Tribeca)
March 8, 2024 (United States)
Running Time1hr 38min
CastPeter Dinklage
Shirley MacLaine
Matt Dillon
Danny Glover
Kimberly Quinn
Directed by Paul Dektor
Written byScreenplay:
Theodore Melfi
Theodore Melfi
Chris Wehner
Produced byPeter Dinklage
David Ginsberg
Theodore Melfi
Kimberly Quinn
Paul Dektor
Toyo Shimano
Cinematography by Nicolas Bolduc
Edited by Lisa Robison
Music byJeff Russo
Production CompaniesEstuary Films
Goldenlight Films
Flying Firebird
Dektor Films
Distributor Vertical Entertainment

American Dreamer Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Peter Dinklage as Dr. Phil Loder
  • Shirley MacLaine as Astrid Fanelli, the widow
  • Matt Dillon as Dell, a real estate agent
  • Danny Glover as a private investigator
  • Kimberly Quinn as Maggie
  • Danny Pudi as Craig, the Dean of Economics at Brockton University
  • Michelle Mylett as a graduate student
  • Rebecca Olson as Beatrice
  • Kimberley Shoniker as Susan


Dr. Phil Loder (Peter Dinklage), a low-level, adjunct professor of economics at Harvard, has always dreamed of owning a home. His wish becomes a possibility when a lonely widow offers Phil her sprawling estate for pennies. The deal, however, is too good to be true.

About American Dreamer Movie:

American Dreamer is an American comedy film directed and co-produced by Paul Dektor and written by Theodore Melfi. The film stars Peter Dinklage as a professor who tries to buy the estate of a lonely widow played by Shirley MacLaine. Matt Dillon, Danny Glover, Kimberly Quinn, and Danny Pudi also star.

The film is based on a segment from the radio show This American Life.

Feature deritorial debut of Paul Dektor.

The film was first announced on February 2, 2021, and production began on March 15, 2021, in Vancouver. Filming also took place in Victoria, British Columbia, where partial parts of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings were converted into “Brockton University” as the film is set in Massachusetts. Filming was completed on April 16, 2021.

American Dreamer premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 11, 2022. The film was released in the United States on March 8, 2024, by Vertical Entertainment.