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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


The movie was loosely inspired by the story of the mare Mariah's Storm. She was a promising filly who was being pointed towards the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1993 but then broke her cannon bone. She recovered and later won some graded races. She started in the 1995 Breeder's Cup Distaff and finished ninth. She was owned by Thunderhead Farms and trained by Don Von Hemel. She's now known mostly for being the dam of Giant's Causeway. See more »


After acquiring the injured horse, Ben is going to take the horse back to his farm. When the truck is shown pulling up to the stable, there is obviously no trailer; however, in the next scenes, the red trailer is shown hooked up to the truck. 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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Great Family Movie!!!
23 October 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

My wife dragged me to this movie and I kinda thought I might enjoy it, so, I didn't fight it too much. Once the movie started and I got into the plot, I was hooked. My wife started crying within the first 15 minutes and she didn't stop until we walked out of the theater!!! It was the good kind of crying... not bad!!! Take the WHOLE family to the classic Disney type story!!! If you have any ability to follow how these types of movies go, then you will know the outcome long before it happens... it doesn't matter because you'll be wanting that outcome and you'll embrace it when it happens!!! Good acting, as always, from Kurt Russell and even Kris Kristofferson showed some range. Young Dakota Fanning has to be one of the most talented actresses of our time!! I could never see her as a 'child actor'... she an actress that just happens to be a child!!! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! You won't be sorry!!

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