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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Moyer ... Security Officer
Kayren Butler Kayren Butler ... Teacher
Tommy Barnes ... Short Steward
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Chairman
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Storyline

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

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kurt Russell/Dakota Fanning Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Folsom, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,178,233, 23 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,701,088, 1 January 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kurt Russell filmed this simultaneously with Sky High (2005). He later said it was too taxing traveling back and forth between sets and different characters quickly, and probably would not allow himself to do that again. See more »

Goofs

When Cale Crane is at the meeting for the officials to announce who will be in the Breeders Cup race, when they put in the tags for the names of horses that will be racing they spelled soñador's name wrong. The "N" in her name is supposed to have a ~ over top of it to get the "NY" sound. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in 'War of the Worlds': Characters - The Family Unit (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreamer
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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Not Exactly True, But A Wonderful Inspired Story
21 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Well, I just got through watching this much-anticipated film (by me) and it didn't disappoint except for one thing: I thought it was a true story. I didn't play close enough attention to the word "inspired" in the title because, unlike the story of Seabiscuit, this isn't what really happened.

It's based on a nice comeback story a real racehorse, Mariah's Storm, which did make a great comeback from a serious injury but not to the extent of what happens here in this movie. This was exaggerated to the hilt for dramatic purposes, but that's okay once you know that because the story is, indeed, "inspirational."

Most important, this is about as nice a modern-day film as you will ever find. There's nary a swear word, hardly even a raised voice. There are nice characters and a sweet, family-friendly tone to it with a tear-in-your-eyes Seabiscuit-type tale and ending.

Dakota Fanning once again demonstrates why she is the greatest child actor of her generation. Kurt Russell is excellent, too. Ole Kurt must be mellowing these days playing subdued nice guys like this. It's good to see. The same goes for Elisabeth Shue. This is a far cry from her role in Leaving Las Vegas. Even Kris Kristofferson holds his tongue in this film! Amazing.

Like Seabiscuit, this also is beautifully filmed. I wonder if any sport is filmed and is just surrounded by all this beauty in real-life, too, like horse racing? It IS "the sport of kings." There is some spectacular scenery in here, much of it in Kentucky and where better to be when filming a horse racing story?

So, if you and your kids - or just you - want to settle in for nice film, and you're looking for a pleasing, nice-looking, feel-good story you absolutely cannot miss with this film. Very highly recommended.


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