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.
PG (for brief mild language)
Drama , Kids & Family
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Kurt Russell
as Ben Crane
Dakota Fanning
as Cale Crane
Luis Guzman
as Balon
David Morse
as Palmer
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
Kayren Butler
as Teacher
Tommy Barnes
as Short Steward
Varkas Everest
as Prince Sadir
David Shamieh
as Man at Sadir's Door
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
Hutchison Hancock
as Betting Window Clerk
Rex Peterson
as Emergency Medical Vet
Ed Burgart
as Claiming Track Announcer
Mark Warrack
as Texas Horseman
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Critic Reviews for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (32)

A great family film.

October 24, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

For family audiences seeking easy assurance, moral certitude and, of course, moving scenes of a gorgeous, galloping horse.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Lovely family film, which has a way of resonating in one's imagination for days.

October 21, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's to Fanning's and Russell's credit, and the filmmakers', that the formula never gets the better of the film.

October 21, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

dreams can come true

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Fantastic and highly reccomended.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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