Dreamer - Inspired by a True StoryDirector: John Gatins
A man and his young daughter face almost impossible odds as they struggle to help an injured horse return to the racetrack in this family-friendly drama. Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is a horse trainer whose career has gone into a bit of a slump, and after years as his own boss, he's signed on to work for Palmer (David Morse), a breeder whose wealth and success has given him a certain degree of arrogance. While Ben has learned to keep his mouth shut around his boss, he forgets himself when one of his favorite horses, Sonador, breaks its leg during an important race. Palmer insists that the horse should be put down on the spot, but Ben doesn't have the heart to kill the animal, especially since his young daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning), is in the stands watching. Ben and Palmer have harsh words with one another, and Ben is fired, but is allowed to take Sonador with him when he leaves. Ben has a hard time convincing anyone that the injured horse has any potential, especially his father, Pop (Kris Kristofferson), a fellow trainer who rarely sees eye to eye with his son. But Cale loves the horse, and Ben believes that Sonador can make a comeback with the right care, and together with stable men Balon (Luis Guzman) and Manolin (Freddy Rodriguez), he sets out to put the filly on the road to recovery. As its subtitle suggests, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story was based on the story of Mariah's Storm, a filly who broke a leg during a race in 1993, but a year later came back to win the Arlington Heights Oaks, and in 1995 won the Turfway Breeder's Cup.
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Cast & Crew
|Kurt Russell||Ben Crane|
|Dakota Fanning||Cale Crane|
|Elisabeth Shue||Lilly Crane|
|Kris Kristofferson||Pop Crane|
|Oded Fehr||Prince Sadir|
|Ken Howard||Bill Ford|
|Holmes Osborne||Doc Fleming|
|Antonio Albadran||Prince Tariq|
|John Moyer||Security Officer|
|Tommy Barnes||Short Steward|
|Frank Hoyt Taylor||Chairman|
|David Shamieh||Man at Sadir's Door|
|Varkas Everest||Prince Sadir's Horseman|
|Dick Allen||Veteran Gambler|
|Donna Barton-Brothers||Female Reporter|
|Danny Beene||Emergency Vet|
|Rhoda Griffis||Classroom Mother|
|Hutchison Hancock||Betting Window Clerk|
|Rex Peterson||Emergency Medical Vet|
|Trevor Denman||Track Announcer|
|Ed Burgart||Claiming Track Announcer|
|Mark Warrack||Texas Horseman|
|Ashok Amritraj||Executive Producer|
|Stacy Cohen||Executive Producer|
|John Debney||Score Composer|
|Kenny Delbert||Sound Mixer|
|Alan Edmisten||Asst. Director|
|William M. Elvin||Asst. Director|
|Stephanie Seaman Girard||Set Decoration/Design|
|Nick Hamson||Associate Producer|
|Jon Jashni||Executive Producer|
|Gary Jay||Camera Operator|
|Bill Johnson||Executive Producer|
|Bill Johnson||Executive Producer|
|Elliot Koretz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Rhea Lowenthal||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John "Buzz" Moyer||Camera Operator|
|Roee Sharon Peled||Asst. Director|
|Scott Plauche||Art Director|
|Judy Ruskin-Howell||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Caitlin Scanlon||Executive Producer|
|Lars Sylvest||Associate Producer|
|Brent Thomas||Production Designer|
|Robert C. Vazquez||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Rachel A. Walker||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Katherine Wright||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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I love Dreamer and Sonya is beautiful. I really think a better named for Sonya is Flicka. The beginnig was sad. The middle was also sad when the dad gave away Sonya. The end was great. Sonya is beautiful like this horse I know who is just like Sonya.Her name is Gracie. Good movie.
DREAMER IS A FABOULOUS MOVIE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. I THINK PEOPLE CAN REALLY RELATE TO IT. THE THING IS SOME PARTS JUST MAKE YOU WANT TO SAY COME ON YOU'RE ALMOST THERE AND OTHERS YOU THINK NO WAY SHE CAN DO IT OR SHE'S GOING TO GET........killed ALONG WITH THE jockey!!!! so read more of my reviews and watch the movie!!
My favorite character in this book was Cale, because. she inspired me by having a dream.I liked the part of the book when Cale’s father brought her a horse home but only because the horse had brokenleg.
this movie was really,really good. however,i wished that there were more races in it but oh well!i also loved how it showed real horses that exist today, (though Sonador doesnt)such as Giant's Causeway, sire of Noble Causeway.loosely based on a true story, it rules!
if you want to watch something thats worth renting this is it it is a good family movie to watch and its just a feel good film dakota fanning is wonderful as always and so are all the other actors i would recommend this film to everyone, its worth the money
I first saw this movie down at a beautiful cinema in Fishers , Indiana. My mom liked it , And I liked it too. I think both Dakota Fanning , & , Kurt Russal should get an acadamy for this because they really diserve it. A nd I just bought the dvd today. Go out and get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a must have for the whole family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One of the best movies i have seen period. terrific cast. good message on family and persistence.
This was just a wonderfully clean movie! Grabs at your heart strings. A real joy to watch! It was one of those movies that ends and you say... "That was a good show!" It was actually my Daughter who bought the DVD tonight, and after watching it, I am going on line to purchase one of my own! You could certainly enjoy watching it over and over! It is one the whole family can sit and enjoy together, and you don't have to worry about bad content.
Want a family movie that everyone can love? This is it. Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, and the rest all give top-notch performances in this great movie.
Okay, Dakota Fanning is in it. I needn't say anymore. I think she's the WORST and most OBNOXIOUS actress (if she's even worthy to be called so) in the world.