Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

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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.


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 Brothers
as Female Reporter
Danny Beene
as Emergency Vet
John Newberg
as Beefeater
Adam Tomei
as Reporter
Rhoda Griffis
as Classroom Mother
Hutchi Hancock
as Betting Window Clerk
Rex Peterson
as Emergency Medical Vet
Trevor Denman
as Track Announcer
Ed Burgart
as Claiming Track Announcer
Mark Warrack
as Texas Horseman
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  • Sep 06, 2012
    "When you ran, the ground shook, the sky opened and mere mortals parted..." Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is a compelling and heartwarming film that's incredibly uplifting. The story follows a family that's brought together by their efforts to save a racehorse with a broken leg. Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning lead the cast, and are supported by Kris Kristofferson and Elizabeth Shue. But, it's really Fanning's outstanding performance that carries the film; she has great chemistry with Russell and comes off as incredibly sincere. Additionally, the film is especially well-crafted. While it may appear a little formulaic on the surface, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is a wonderful family film with a lot of heart.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2010
    Good family movie based on a true story. The strong cast keep you engaged til the heartwarming finale.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2010
    dreams can come true
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2010
    Very good movie. I watched this movie with my bff and I loved it!!! :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer

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