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Pipe Dream (2002)

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A lonely plumber poses as a director to meet women, and the writer whose script he's stolen builds on his ruse to get her movie made.


John Walsh (as John C. Walsh)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Donovan ... David Kulovic
Anthony Arkin ... Cousin Mike
Marla Sucharetza ... Lorna Hufflitz
Mary-Louise Parker ... Toni Edelman
Kevin Carroll ... RJ Martling
Kevin Sussman ... James
Natalie B. Pyper ... Melanie Phillips
Joel Horwitz Joel Horwitz ... Lloyd Hernandez
Kelley Harron Kelley Harron ... Fran
Spencer Farley Spencer Farley ... Waitress (as Spencer Kayden)
Michaela Conlin ... TV Reporter
Jonathan M. Woodward ... Boyd
Guinevere Turner ... Diane Beltrami
Peter Jacobson ... Arnie Hufflitz
Cynthia Kaplan ... Charlotte


A lonely plumber poses as a director to meet women, and the writer whose script he's stolen builds on his ruse to get her movie made.

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It's not who you are. It's who they think you are.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »






Release Date:

11 December 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A botcsinálta rendező See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,998, 6 October 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Mary-Louise Parker and Martin Donovan would later appear together in the Showtime series Weeds. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


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Before "Saved!" 2004, Martin Donovan and Mary Louise Parker were paired in "Pipe Dream"
9 April 2006 | by ruby_fffSee all my reviews

It is a breezy comedy about identity crisis - a plumber, a screenwriter, a casting professional. Using the process/journey of making a film as the storyline, tying the various characters and relationship concerns together, "Pipe Dream" is rather amusingly fun. Watching Martin Donovan and Mary Louise Parker interact is a treat. They are both the leads in this film, front and centered. Their enjoyable pairing in supporting roles can be appreciated in w-d Brian Dannelly's "Saved!" 2004. Both appeared in Jane Campion's "Portrait of a Lady" 1996 with Nicole Kidman.

Martin Donovan is a staple collaborator in Hal Hartley's films: "Amateur" 1994, "Simple Men" 1992, "Trust" 1991 (highly recommended. NFE: Not for everyone.) He's also remarkable in director Angela Pope's "Hollow Reed" 1995, about child custody situation, where Martin delivered a firm and sensitive role of a divorced father/doctor who lives with a male partner (heart-rending, excellent child performance from Sam Bould as Oliver, the 9-year old son). Donovan co-wrote (with David Koepp) and directed a film called "Apartment Zero" 1988, with Colin Firth in the lead - another NFE but for dark/psycho ventures/suspense (in Buenos Aires) if you're gamed.

Mary Louise Parker is ever so marvelous and underrated. She's in w-d Jeremy Podeswa's "Five Senses" 1999 (Canadian production), Herbert Ross's "Boys on the Side" 1994 (written by Don Roos) with Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Barrymore, Jon Avnet's "Fried Green Tomatoes" 1991 with a stellar women cast.

For an Asian (Hong Kong) flavor of a movie/comedy drama using process of making a film as storyline, try the forever versatile and talented Leslie Cheung in "Viva Erotica" aka "Se Qing Nan Nu" 1996.

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