American Dreamer


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Apr 9 6:30 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Apr 10 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Apr 11 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2022
Run Time:98 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Paul Dektor
Cast:Peter Dinklage
Shirley MacLaine
Danny Glover
Matt Dillon


“American Dreamer” features an all-star ensemble cast, including Peter Dinklage, Shirley MacLaine, Danny Glover and Matt Dillon.

“American Dreamer” — based on a true story from Chicago Public Radio's This American Life — is the story of Phil Loder (Peter Dinklage), a twice-divorced, frustrated, underpaid professor of economics, whose grand dream of home ownership is tragically out of reach.

When an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes his way, Phil strikes a deal with Astrid Finnelli (Shirley MacLaine), a lonely, childless, near-death widow who offers her sprawling estate for pennies.

But Phil quickly learns the deal is too good to be true and the American dream is not quite what it used to be.