The American Dreamer
The American Dreamer (1971)

Dennis Hopper, who has been seen onscreen in small roles from the mid-50s, hit paydirt in Easy Rider, released in 1969. Aimed at the audience that attended Easy Rider, American Dreamer is a documentary/biography of Dennis Hopper. While this… More

Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: September 22, 2015
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

As a piece of cultural history it's kind of interesting. But as a documentary it's pointless.

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Adam Lowes

A deliberately composed bathtub ménage à trios later on in the film looks like it could have been a deleted scene from Easy Rider.

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Ethan Vestby
The Film Stage

Situated between critique and wake for Hopper's ideals, perhaps we can optimistically see it as a reminder that the perpetual end-of-times cinema seems to be facing is actually what keeps it going, no matter the dangerous levels of hubris.

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Andrew Pollard

The American Dreamer is a wonderful look at a complex figure dealing with his own place in an ever-changing world.

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

What's striking about this documentary is that it proves Hopper was full of shit all along.

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Peter Bradshaw

There is a fuzzy underground feel to this film: choppy editing, sudden freeze frames, maundering voiceover. It has archival value as a study of Hopper and a footnote to the American new wave.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
An underground documentary about Dennis Hopper at the peak of his hippie-era hedonism sounds exciting but, unfortunately, "The American Dreamer"… More