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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)



Critic Consensus: Though formulaic, this horse story's saving grace is its strong performances.

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Ben Crane was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer were now being wasted on making other men's fortunes. Sonya was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack was suddenly cut short by a career-ending broken leg. Considered as good as dead to her owner, who also happens to be Ben's boss, Sonya is given to Ben as severance pay, along with his walking papers. Now, it will take the unwavering faith and determination of Ben's young daughter, Cale, to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.more
Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: John Gatins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
Box Office: $33.0M
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Kurt Russell
as Ben Crane
Dakota Fanning
as Cale Crane
Oded Fehr
as Prince Sadir
Ken Howard
as Bill Ford
Holmes Osborne
as Doc Fleming
Antonio Albadran
as Prince Tariq
John E. Moyer
as Security Officer
Tommy Barnes
as Short Steward
David Shamieh
as Man at Sadir's Door
Varkas Everest
as Prince Sadir
Dick Allen
as Veteran Gambler
Donna Barton Brother...
as Female Reporter
Danny Beene
as Emergency Vet
John Newberg
as Beefeater
Adam Tomei
as Reporter
Rhoda Griffis
as Classroom Mother
Hutchison Hancock
as Betting Window Clerk
Rex Peterson
as Emergency Medical Ve...
Ed Burgart
as Claiming Track Annou...
Mark Warrack
as Texas Horseman
Dick Allen
as Veteran Gambler
Trevor Denman
as Track Announcer
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News & Interviews for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

Critic Reviews for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (37)

A great family film.

Full Review… | October 24, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

All the characters are familiar, the story is familiar, but it is well-constructed and the actors do a good job with the material.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

Dreamer is loaded with enough clichés and formulas to choke a horse. But truly, it works.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

It is a movie that will captivate children, yes, but it will also capture the hearts of the grown-ups, too.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006

simply feels more professional than most family fare

Full Review… | March 27, 2006

Screenwriting manuals have taught us that every film is (or should be) a Hero's Journey, but writer-director John Gatins takes that gospel so literally it's hard to know whether to admire his purity or marvel at his lack of imagination.

Full Review… | March 4, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

dreams can come true

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

Very good movie. I watched this movie with my bff and I loved it!!! :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Fantastic and highly reccomended.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Quotes

Cale Crane: She'll never race again?
Ben Crane: No, honey. But she might walk again.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Palmer: You were the best horseman that I know for the worst flock. And I can't afford to have it in my stable.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Cale Crane: Run hard tomorrow. Run hard for my dad. He deserves a good run.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Ben Crane: How about it, Pop?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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