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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story -- Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg.
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story -- Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg.
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story -- Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg.
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Kurt Russell ... Ben Crane

Dakota Fanning ... Cale Crane

Kris Kristofferson ... Pop Crane

Elisabeth Shue ... Lily

David Morse ... Palmer

Freddy Rodríguez ... Manolin

Luis Guzmán ... Balon

Oded Fehr ... Prince Sadir

Ken Howard ... Bill Ford

Holmes Osborne ... Doc Fleming

Antonio Badrani ... Prince Tariq (as Antonio Albadran)
John Moyer ... Security Officer
Kayren Butler ... Teacher

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
Dan Beene ... Emergency Vet

John Newberg ... Beefeater

Adam Tomei ... Reporter

Rhoda Griffis ... Classroom Mother

Hutchi Hancock ... Betting Windows Clerk
Rex Peterson ... Emergency Medical Vet
Trevor Denman ... Track Announcer / Breeders' Cup Announcer
Ed Burgart ... Claiming Track Announcer
Mark Warrick ... Texas Horseman (as Mark Warrack)
Sacrifice ... Soñador
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maryetta Coleman ... Race Horse Owner (uncredited)
Bob C. Cooke ... Keeneland Staff - Green Coat (uncredited)

Geoff Falk ... Breeder Cup Horse Owner (uncredited)

Jan Falk ... Breeder Cup Horse Owner (uncredited)
Mike Franklin ... Racing Fan (uncredited)

Rosemary Garris ... Horse Owner (uncredited)

James Wolford Hardin ... Breeder Cup Horse Owner (uncredited)
Abbey Healey ... Horse Buyer (uncredited)
Zac Heath ... Veterinary EMT (uncredited)

Mike Holman ... Lexington Police Officer (uncredited)

Chad Hundley ... Keeneland Race Fan (uncredited)

Henry Jaderlund ... Horse Handicapper (uncredited)
Dono Langley ... Ticket Buyer (uncredited)
Don Lincoln ... Race Track Crowd (uncredited)
Dan Malo ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Charles Mattingly ... Keeneland Official (uncredited)

Wayne Douglas Morgan ... Stable Hand (uncredited)

Vin Morreale Jr. ... Arab Businessman (uncredited)
Benjamin Mullens ... Horse Race Gambler (uncredited)

Jaimelee Newburn ... Horse Owner (uncredited)

Kayla Perkins ... Classmate (uncredited)
Dave Schuetz ... Horse Owner (uncredited)

Codie Scott ... EMT Horse Medic (uncredited)
Jon Shelton ... Keeneland Race Fan (uncredited)

Scott Sullivan ... Keeneland Employee (uncredited)
Jerry L. Wallace ... Breeders Cup Horse Buyer (uncredited)
Anthony Wentzel ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Gatins 
Writing credits
John Gatins (written by)

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... executive producer
Stacy Cohen .... executive producer
William M. Elvin .... co-producer
Nick Hamson .... associate producer
Jon Jashni .... executive producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Brian Robbins .... producer
Caitlin Scanlon .... executive producer
Lars Sylvest .... associate producer
Michael Tollin .... producer
Original Music by
John Debney 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
David Rosenbloom 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley)
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
Brent Thomas 
Art Direction by
Scott Plauche 
Set Decoration by
Maria Nay 
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin  (as Judy Raskin Howell)
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... hair department head
Karen Asano-Myers .... key hair stylist
Gloria Belz .... third makeup
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup department head
Heather Mages .... prosthetic makeup artist
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist (as F.X. Perez)
Bryan Whisnant .... hair stylist (as Bryan H. Whisnant)
Diane Hardin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joe Dishner .... unit production manager
Stephanie Ito .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacy Christenson .... second second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Ruben Garcia .... second second assistant director
Rick Kelly .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Taylor Bennett .... scenic foreman (as Franklin T. Bennett)
Sean Bernard .... paint foreman
Wren Boney .... on-set dresser
Nicholas Brown .... carpenter
Ralph Chabaud .... illustrator
Guillaume DeLouche .... property master
Tracey A. Doyle .... assistant decorator
Chip Eccles .... construction foreman
Stephen Eno .... painter
Monica Fedrick .... graphic designer
Richard Fojo .... assistant to the art director
Stephanie Girard .... set designer
Kristin Gomez .... construction accountant
Mark Hurtado .... storyboard artist
Edward J. McCarthy .... lead man
James P. Meehan .... assistant property master
Trey Merrill .... painter
Trey Merrill .... set dresser
John W. Morgan .... paint foreman
James Passanante .... lead scenic
Buster Pile .... construction coordinator
Scott A. Reeder .... props
Tara Shackelford-Lawton .... art production assistant (as Tara Shackelford)
Jonathan Shaffer .... set dresser
Suzanne Stover .... art department coordinator
William Harvey Wallace II .... set dresser
Kristine Grippo .... third props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
Bruce Barris .... first assistant sound editor
Bruce Barris .... sound effects recordist
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Thom Brennan .... supervising foley editor
Avram D. Gold .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Elliott Koretz .... sound designer
Elliott Koretz .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr editor
Cliff Latimer .... dialogue editor
Steve Lee .... sound effects librarian
Chris Main .... boom operator
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Rob Nokes .... additional sound recordist
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer
Nick Shaffer .... sound effects editor
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... supervising dialogue adr editor
Special Effects by
Ken Gorrell .... on-set effects
Ken Gorrell .... special effects technician
Stephen Howfield .... special effects assistant
Gary Pilkinton .... special effects technician
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects technician
Kathleen Tonkin .... special effects foreman
Barbara Vazquez .... special effects assistant
Robert Vazquez .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
Thad Beier .... visual effects (as Tad Beier)
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects executive producer: Hammerhead Productions (as Dan Chuba)
Jamie Dixon .... visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead Productions
Michelle Eisenreich .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor
Justin Jones .... digital compositor
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor
Amani Williams .... digital compositor
Julie Adair .... stunts
Dean Bailey .... ultimate arm driver
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (as Joseph Bucaro)
John Casino .... stunt coordinator
Scott Corgan .... ultimate arm driver
Tammy Fox .... stunts
Rick Miller .... camera quad driver
Mark Munoz .... stunts
Jane Oshita .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Arasheben .... aerial unit first assistant camera
Raymond Benthall .... electrician: rigging
Barry Berona .... director of photography: splinter unit
Barry Berona .... first assistant camera
Chris Buchinsky .... still photographer
Rod Calarco .... second assistant camera: second unit
Joe Cassano .... rigging grip
Mason Donnahoe .... video assist operator: second unit
Jim Drew .... best boy rigging electric
Rowland Egerton .... grip
John J. Ellingwood .... first assistant camera
Kahlil Fadel .... lighting technician
Russ Faust .... grip
Jeff Fisher .... electrician
Michael FitzMaurice .... aerial director of photography
Michael FitzMaurice .... camera operator
Michael FitzMaurice .... director of photography: second unit
Brian Gunter .... gaffer
Brooks P. Guyer .... additional dp
Darryl Humber .... dolly grip
Gary Jay .... camera operator
Charles Laughon .... video assist
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer
Scott W. Leftridge .... key grip: second unit
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom .... rigging electrician: Kentucky
Lance Mayer .... key second assistant camera
John S. Moyer .... Steadicam operator
John S. Moyer .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jack Nealy .... best boy electric
Brian S. Osmond .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James H. Pair III .... key rigging grip
Robert Petrin .... Lev head technician
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera
C. Alan Rawlins .... key grip
Jacob Ross .... grip
Riko Schatke .... best boy grip
Chad Schroeder .... electrician
Keith Seymour .... grip: new orleans
Steve Sudge .... rigging gaffer
Eric Wheeler .... film loader
Steven J. Winslow .... aerial camera technician: Wescam camera
John Wruck .... electrician
Dan Cunningham .... electrician: KY (uncredited)
Jeffrey McLeid .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Janelle Cochrane .... casting associate
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting
Kathleen Doise .... casting production assistant
Yvette Foy .... extras casting
Tamara Hunter .... casting assistant
Marisa Christine Medina .... casting assistant
Nicholas Ross .... casting associate
Robert Saba .... casting assistant
Matt Seckman .... extras casting intern
Michael Leslie Williams .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlene Amateau .... costume supervisor
Michelle Beress .... wardrobe production assistant
Bridget Fenlason .... costumer
Zandra Harding .... costume ager/dyer
Zandra Harding .... costumer
Zandra Harding .... tailor
Delia Hauser .... wardrobe production assistant
Rachel A. Walker .... costumer
Beverly Woods .... key costumer
Katherine Wright .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Samantha Becker .... post-production coordinator
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Tony D'Amore .... digital intermediate colorist
Jennifer-Noel Dennis .... digitizer
Kacie Haggerty .... digital intermediate producer
Kevin Lefler .... assistant editor
Gregory Plotkin .... associate editor
Mark Sachen .... colorist
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Music Department
Wolfgang Amadeus .... electronic scoring mixer
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Philip Ayling .... musician: oboe solo (as Phil Ayling)
Joshua Bell .... musician: violin solos
Gary Bovyer .... musician: clarinet solos
John Debney .... conductor
Brad Dechter .... supervising orchestrator
George Doering .... musician: acoustic guitar and dulcimer
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Dennis Karmazyn .... musician: cello solos
Tom Kramer .... preview music editor
Michael Lang .... musician: piano solos
Melanie Mullens Hoyson .... score production supervisor
Dean Parks .... musician: acoustic guitar and mandolin
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Dawn Cook .... driver
Tina Del Castillo .... driver: cast
Robert Gillis .... transportation captain
James R. Guillory .... insert car driver
Justin Nance .... driver
Willie D. Partin .... transportation captain
Lee Siler .... transportation coordinator
Scott Siler .... transportation: camera truck
Kim Smallwood .... transportation office coordinator
Tim J. Walters .... picture car coordinator
Charlie Wright .... driver
Other crew
Jessica Abrams .... travel coordinator
David Alessi .... on-set security
Charlie Araki .... key second assistant accountant
Adam P. Balthrop .... set production assistant: Kentucky
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Anthony Batarse .... adr voice
Brian Bidlingmeyer .... location assistant
Eleanor Boatwright .... wrangler
Autumn Boh .... location assistant
Amanda Brand .... publicist
Lisa Brown .... horseback riding instructor
Jamie Buckner .... location assistant
Jan Cerwonka .... studio teacher: Ms. Fanning
Robb Conner .... stand-in: Freddy Rodriguez
Scott Connolly .... production assistant: Kentucky
Scotch James Diaz Crisostomo .... production assistant: prep
Stephenson Crossley .... assistant location manager: Kentucky
J.J. Dalton .... set production assistant
Michelle DeForest .... production assistant
Ben Dietz .... assistant: Mr. Amritraj
Joe Dornich .... set production assistant
Susie Esparza .... assistant: Mr. Robbins
Patrick Falls .... adr loop group
Yvette Foy .... production assistant
William Charles French .... craft service
Kevin Gill .... on-set interviews
Reva Grantham .... craft service
Tonja Greenfield .... production assistant (as Tonja Thomas)
Zac Heath .... production assistant
Rusty Hendrickson .... lead horse wrangler
Jaime San Andres .... stand-in
James Jereza .... on-set medic
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Nicole Joubert .... location assistant
Toni Karpinski .... stand-in: Ms. Shue, Kentucky (as Toni Sprague)
Kelly Kernan .... assistant location manager
Nick Kihlman .... production assistant
Dan Laborde .... production staff
Andrea Larsen .... first assistant accountant
Bruce Larsen .... mechanical horses department head
John Lopez .... assistant: Ms. Cohen
Peter Lowe .... caterer
Suzanne Mayes .... assistant: Mr. Tollin (as Suzanne Craig)
Kathy McHugh .... script supervisor: second unit
Jack D. McKinney .... location assistant
Greg Metcalf .... accounting clerk
Gregory Metcalf-Hall .... accounting clerk
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Doug Moreno .... production accountant
Frédéric North .... helicopter pilot
Peter J. Novak .... location manager
Peggy Pere .... aerial coordinator
Rex Peterson .... horse trainer
Kent Richardson .... production secretary
John Ridley .... assistant: Mr. Russell
Win Riley .... location scout
Jason M. Roberts .... set production assistant: Kentucky
Jeremy Roberts .... payroll accountant
Ramón Rodríguez .... second assistant accountant
Ellen Rydzewski .... assistant: Mr. Gatins
Wendy L. Schilling .... script coordinator
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Adam Snyder .... location assistant
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Charline St. Charles .... assistant production coordinator
Bryan Stamp .... assistant: Mr. Jashni
Max Sturgeon .... production assistant
Rex M. Teese .... projectionist
Matthew A. Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Mark Warrick .... wrangler (as Mark Warrack)
Mari Wilson .... script supervisor: second unit
Ken C. Wu .... set production assistant
Kelly Young .... assistant to executive producer (as Kelly E. Young)
Lynnanne Zager .... voice

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Rated PG for brief mild language
106 min | Canada:98 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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While doing research in Kentucky, the director/writer came upon a vet who told him about a racehorse who miraculously made a come back after a serious injury.See more »
Factual errors: Near the beginning of the movie when the vet has finished his examination, Ben is shown holding an x-ray which the vet says is the one from the track and he says it confirms his x-rays of a spiral fracture of the cannon bone. Also Ben tells Cale that it is 'non-displaced', however this x-ray clearly shows a displaced fracture of the radius bone from the knee up about five inches long (all x-rays are life size). The cannon bone (also called the metacarpus) is below the knee joint. The x-ray is also clearly marked with an 'L' meaning 'Left', but all scenes of the horse with the cast show it on the right front leg.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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59 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
"Inspired by" and Inspiring, 23 October 2005
Author: tmbeah from United States

As a long time horse racing fan and a former horse loving little girl, this movie had to go on my must see list. I would definitely recommend it for all families - and the adults may be surprised how much they enjoy it also. There is one scary scene for some young kids when the filly breaks down early in the movie - but this scene is part of the commercials that already have been on TV, so it should not be too much of a shock. As a racing fan, I found a few points that stretched credibility, but this is a "dream" after all, and they do point out that putting a filly or mare in the Breeder's Cup Classic has hardly ever been done, much less expecting she can win enough of the purse to justify the high entry fee needed. Even Azeri, who was a horse of the year, ran 5th when she took on male horses in the Classic. Sonador could have run in the Breeder's Cup Distaff instead, paid less for the entry fees, and still have astounded everyone with a win (when Mariah's Storm, the "inspired by" horse ran in the Breeder's Cup Distaff after her injury she did not win). Over all the movie does a pretty good job of representing the factual background (children can't generally be licensed as race horse owners, but the plot certainly works much better this way!).

I do think that if they are going to make "Inspired by a true story" part of the title, they should have provided information about this some where - perhaps as a post script at the end - but they do not. You have to find interviews with the screen writer to learn that it was inspired by Mariah's Storm who broke her leg as a 2 year old when she was expected to be a favorite in the 1993 Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies, but later returned to racing and won several graded stakes races. She has gone on to be the dam of several stakes winners, including Giants Causeway, who is one of the studs they admire at Ashmore Stud when looking for a horse to breed Sonadore to. Mariah's Storm is 14 years old now and is still having babies. I suspect that on their trip to the breeding farm we may be seeing the actual retired race horses, as the studs shown (Fusaichi Pegasus, Giant's Causeway, Johannesburg, Grand Slam) are all actually owned by Coolmore Lexington (formerly Ashmore Stud) in Kentucky. While inspired by Mariah's Storm, the movie is not really based on her. In fact, at one point, the characters talk about Mariah's Storm, when saying it may be possible for Sonador to race again after her broken leg, just like Mariah's Storm had. Grand Slam (the horse they considered breeding Sonador to) also made a comeback from an injury he suffered running in the 1997 Breeder's Cup Juvenile.

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