Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

Theatrical Release: October 21, 2005
DVD Release: March 21, 2006
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story


Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer are now being wasted on making other men’s fortunes. Sonya was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack is 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 (Dakota Fanning), to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Dove Review

This is a very heartwarming story about a family with three generations that have a way with horses. A grandfather, father and daughter all believe in the dream of owning a great race horse. But in the beginning the three don’t get along very well until one particular horse comes their way and pulls them together. Kris Kristofferson, Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning are perfect for the characters they play.

I have been to a lot of movies in the past few years and none of them were as enjoyable as “Dreamer.” This film was so fantastic that I could not wait to tell everyone who would listen all about it. In fact, at the screening, I was amazed at the attention span of the little children that were there. They quietly sat through the entire movie, enjoying it as much as I did. “Dreamer” makes you laugh and cry, sometimes just out of pure happiness. There are parts where you will even want to get up and cheer. Dreamworks did a fantastic job of creating wholesome family entertainment in this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: D-3; H-2; OG/OMG-2
Violence: None
Drugs: Man starts smoking but another character throws it away.
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: None


Company: DreamWorks
Writer: John Gatins
Director: John Gatins
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe