Beautiful Dreamers

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Beautiful Dreamers
Directed by John Kent Harrison
Written by John Kent Harrison
Starring Colm Feore
Rip Torn
Wendel Meldrum
Sheila McCarthy
Music by Lawrence Shragge
Cinematography François Protat
Edited by Ron Wisman
Release dates
June 15, 1992
Running time
105 mins.
Country Canada
Language English

Beautiful Dreamers is a 1990 film directed by John Kent Harrison. It stars Colm Feore and Rip Torn.[1] It was nominated for four Genie Awards in 1991.[2]


Rip Torn is the American poet Walt Whitman. The setting is a 19th-century Canadian institution for the mentally retarded. A compassionate London, Ontario, doctor (Colm Feore) defies his superiors by treating his patients as human beings rather than animals. When Whitman champions his cause, the doctor is ostracized by those who fear the poet’s reputation as a freethinking radical. Based on a true incident – Whitman was in London briefly in 1880.



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