Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Sport  |  21 October 2005 (USA)
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Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prince Sadir
Bill Ford
Doc Fleming
Prince Tariq (as Antonio Albadran)
John Moyer ...
Security Officer
Kayren Butler ...
Short Steward


Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner. The arrival of the mare to Crane's farm, will be the perfect opportunity for both father and daughter to reconstruct their lost familiar bond. "Soñador" (Dreamer in English), the renamed mare, despite its broken leg, maybe could have another chance to return to the racecourse, with the help of Cale, Ben, and his father, Pop. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kurt Russell/Dakota Fanning Project  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£149,058 (UK) (21 October 2005)


$14,685 (Chile) (13 October 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, a real stallion named Giant's Causeway is mentioned. As well as being Europe's top racehorses and one of the best stallions in America, his dam (mother) was Mariah's Storm, the horse on which this movie is based. See more »


After losing the horse in a claims race, Ben is seen talking with Cale in the stable. Near the end of the scene the camera is zoomed into Ben's face. Cale is leaving the stable and Ben's eyes look to his right as Cale walks past, yet the next camera angle shows Cale walking out to Ben's left. See more »


[first lines]
Cale Crane: There used to be horses in that barn. At least, that's what my Grandfather says. We're probably the only horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, that doesn't have one horse. Not one.
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Referenced in 'War of the Worlds': Characters - The Family Unit (2005) See more »


Written by Bethany Dillon and Ed Cash
Performed by Bethany Dillon
Bethany Dillon appears courtesy of Sparrow Records
By Arrangement with EMI Film & TV Music
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Dreamer - A Delightful Story - Delightful Film
27 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw this movie today, and were very happy to have spent the time and the emotion.

This is a heartwarming experience for virtually any viewer with a soul. Far beyond a simple story about a horse, this film delves in to multi-generational relationships and human frailty. In its relatively short time duration, the film depicted a great deal of real life.

Dakota Fanning is a remarkable actor. It is almost frightening to see someone of her tender years with such screen presence and ability to deliver a range of emotion so convincingly. If only the film industry will refrain from corrupting her - and her support group helps to keep her "real" - she will undoubtedly evolve into an excellent adult performer.

Kurt Russell is a perennial favorite of ours. We both commented on the joy of watching the growth of his career and ability from his child roles of Disney films through his present "mature" stage of career. Whether a husband and father in "Dreamer" or a dysfunctional husband and brother in "Backdraft, he is enjoyable to watch.

Kris Kristofferson as a crusty old horse person with a huge, warm heart, was a nice addition to the film. We have long acknowledge that his acting talent far exceeds his musical prowess.

Last, but not least, there is Elisabeth Shue. Since "Adventures in Babysitting," we have enjoyed her performances. She is beautiful, charming, adept, versatile and willing to take professional risks. It is unfortunate that the film industry does not provide her more good roles for someone of her abilities.

It is pleasing that "Dreamer" - and films of its style - are made. Such entertainment vehicles support a means to keep families bonded. "Dreamer" is a great way for families to spend a couple of hours together.

Don't hesitate to see this film. Open your heart, connect your soul to your brain, and enjoy yourself!

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