Plot & Details
Rip Torn does a magnificent job as American poet Walt Whitman in the fanciful period piece Beautiful Dreamers. The scene is a hellish 19th century Canadian institution for the mentally retarded. Compassionate doctor Maurice Bucke (Colm Feore) defies his superiors by treating his patients as human beings rather than animals. He even begins conducting classes for his charges, teaching them basic cognitive and manual dexterity skills. When Whitman champions Bucke's cause, the doctor is ostracized by those who fear the poet's reputation as a "wild-eyed" radicial. Based on a true story, Beautiful Dreamers is more interesting for its intentions than its execution.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Run Time: 108min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 09/05/2004
- Distributor(s): Cinexus-Famous Players C-FP Distribution Inc.
- Director(s): John Kent Harrison
- Starring: Colm Feore , Rip Torn , Wendel Meldrum , Sheila McCarthy , Colin Fox
- Themes: Writer's Life
- Keywords: doctor/nurse, mental-institution, naive, poet, cattle, cowboy, medical-treatment, mental-illness, naivete, philosophy, rustler
- Country of Origin: USA (12-20-1991)
|Year||Award||Category||Cast & Crew||Result|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound||Jack Buchanan||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound Editing||Terry Burke||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Art Direction||Seamus Flannery||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Costume Design||Ruth Secord||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound Editing||Ellen Adams||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound||Adrian Croll||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound Editing||Tony Currie||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound Editing||Jim Hopkins||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound||Jean-Pierre Joutel||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound Editing||Charles Bower||Nominated|
|1991||Genie Awards||Best Sound||John Megill||Nominated|