Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton, a staff writer at HHS Studios in 1951, is an ambitious up-and-comer. His first produced screenplay, a B-movie swashbuckler entitled "Sand Pirates of the Sahara," has just opened on a double bill with John Huston's adventure, "The African Queen," at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Not only is Appleton enjoying professional success, he has a hot starlet girlfriend, Sandra Sinclair, the female lead in his big screen debut. However, life is full of 'what if's...' What if Appleton were suddenly targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee for suspected Communist leanings uncovered during his college years? What if Appleton lost not only his job and his girl, but his identity as well in a serious car crash in which the young writer developed amnesia? What if Appleton, unsure as to who he really is, stumbles into a charming little town on Northern California's coast and is mistaken for one of the town's long lost World War II heroes?
Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey DeMunn, James Whitmore, Chelcie Ross, Matt G Wiens, Allen Garfield, Ron Rifkin, Bob Balaban, Hal Holbrook, Susan Willis, Gerry Black, Catherine Dent, Karl Bury, Brent Briscoe, Amanda Detmer, Brian Howe, Daniel von Bargen, Shawn Doyle, Mario Roccuzzo, Frank Collison, Bill Gratton, Ginger Williams, Ken Magee, Csilla Horvath, April Ortiz, Larry Cox, Scotty Leavenworth, Bob Wells, Earl Boen, Bruce Campbell, Cliff Curtis, Michael Sloane, Garry Marshall, Paul Mazursky, Sydney Pollack, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Matt Damon