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Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story

HD   PG Closed Captioning

John Gatins

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About the Movie

Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is a horse trainer whose career has gone into a bit of a slump, and after years as his own boss, he's signed on to work for Palmer (David Morse), a breeder whose wealth and success has given him a certain degree of arrogance. While Ben has learned to keep his mouth shut around his boss, he forgets himself when one of his favorite horses, Sonador, breaks its leg during an important race. Palmer insists that the horse should be put down on the spot, but Ben doesn't have the heart to kill the animal, especially since his young daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning), is in the stands watching. Ben and Palmer have harsh words with one another, and Ben is fired, but is allowed to take Sonador with him when he leaves. Ben has a hard time convincing anyone that the injured horse has any potential, especially his father, Pop (Kris Kristofferson), a fellow trainer who rarely sees eye to eye with his son. But Cale loves the horse, and Ben believes that Sonador can make a comeback with the right care, and together with stable men Balon (Luis Guzman) and Manolin (Freddy Rodriguez), he sets out to put the filly on the road to recovery.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 117
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 42
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Closer to Seabiscuit than to Racing Stripes. For that, you can thank the entire cast of able underplayers, most notably Dakota Fanning. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 22, 2005

Fresh: Fanning and Russell are a perfect, sweet-and-sour pair. And, of course, the horse is absolutely beautiful -- which, in the end, is what this all comes down to, anyway. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It makes a solid case that a wounded horse can heal a wounded family. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie

I luv this movie it's so inspiring and up-living


I thought it was an awesome movie


I loved this movie! It had such a good message and everything seemed so real! Anyone who loves horses or a good story, I recommend this movie!

Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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