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TIM MATHESON IS A BOWLING 'DREAMER' WITH SUSAN BLAKELY

Tim Matheson and Susan Blakely in DREAMER Year: 1979
Quickly following a retro opening-credit montage of the unique and antique history of the sport of bowling, you’d think the motion picture was about to end...

With the kind of gloriously climactic energy composer Bill Conti gave to Rocky Balboa's final bout in the two films made, we have Tim Matheson, as a character named DREAMER, winning a tournament as victorious music blares.
Tim Matheson as Dreamer as DREAMER
But Dreamer’s just a regular guy who works as a mechanic for a bowling alley owned by a ball-busting boss (played by the always-jovially antagonistic character-actor Richard B. Shull). His best friend and mentor, the Obi Wan Kenobi or Burgess Meredith of the story, is Jack Warden’s Harry, who, with plans of buying his own alley, isn’t the only dreamer on board.

This mellow character-driven sports film, given a breezy theme song by Jimmy Buffett to counter the brassy Conti soundtrack, is full of individuals either wanting to get out or are perfectly content within the cozy confides of small town living...The alley itself is like a world to the viewer…
Susan Blakely and Tim Matheson in DREAMER
Writer/Director Noel Nosseck really makes the grungy joint feel like a home away from home. Much of the plot has Dreamer trying to qualify for a tournament, which could possibly end the film with the same glory it began: but with higher stakes and more payoff.

His energetic girlfriend Karen, played by Emmy winning actress Susan Blakely… looking equally hot in a sundress as she does a sleeve-less teal green t-shirt… wants him more satisfied with real life than dreams. She’s defiantly no Adrian. “Yo, Karen” wouldn’t have the same ring to it.
Susan Blakely in DREAMER
Not very patient of her boyfriend’s ambitions, she doesn’t take crap from Dreamer or anyone else for that matter. The boss can’t boss her around and one of her tantrums even causes old Harry to suffer a heart attack. But it takes a great actress to bring such a flawed character to life, providing more genuine layers than your usual pretty love interest.

There are moments of downtime… a few plodding scenes where the characters aren’t quite sure if this is a comedy or drama… but the side-cast helps keep the pace, making the residents seem like genuine folk.
Matt Clark and Mews (Marya Smalls) in DREAMER
Matt Clark's Spider is a regular in the pool hall/bar area, flirting with every girl till he eventually realizes Mews Small’s spunky waitress Elaine might be for keeps.

But the real star is Tim Matheson, both known for his awesome supporting roles (FLETCH, MAGNUM FORCE) or a main character sharing space with an equally important ensemble cast (ANIMAL HOUSE, 1941): Here he’s cool, confident and vulnerable as an underdog hero: you’ll be damn glad to have him as the central leading man the whole way through.
Susan Blakely in DREAMER
Susan Blakely in DREAMER with Tim Matheson
Susan Blakely in DREAMER with Tim Matheson
Tim Matheson in DREAMER with Susan Blakely
Mews (Mayra) Smalls in DREAMER
Mews (Mayra) Smalls in DREAMER w/ Matt Clark
Mews (Mayra) Smalls in DREAMER with Azizi Johari
Mews (Mayra) Smalls in DREAMER
Susan Blakely in DREAMER with Jack Warden
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