Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

6.81 h 45 min2005PG
HD. A horse-loving family risks everything to nurse an injured racehorse back to health--and get him back on the track.
John Gatins
Kurt RussellDakota FanningKris Kristofferson
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Freddy RodriguezLuis GuzmanElisabeth ShueDavid Morse
Mike TollinNick HamsonLars SylvestAshok AmritrajStacy CohenJon JashniMichael TollinBrian Robbins
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Racheljoy ContiReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An underrated masterpiece
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This film has been a favorite of mine since the first day I saw it. The cinematography is gorgeous. The acting is incredible. The tone and scenery are perfect. The score is incredible. This movie is perfect. No flaws. I highly recommend this to anyone.
18 people found this helpful
WilliamReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Deserves more than five stars.
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This is one on the most inspiring movies I have ever seen. It is for the whole family. There is no bad language or crude jokes. Dakota Fanning at the age of 10 put in an amazing performance. You can tell what she was thinking just by the expressions on her face. It is a movie that can and should be watched over and over again. I watched it four times in two days and every time I picked up on some important details I hadn't noticed previously. The director did an amazing job also.
59 people found this helpful
Farmer BoyReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartwarming Family Film
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What a heartwarming, inspiring film. Dacota Fanning as Cale Crane will steal your heart with the innocence and optimism that comes through the screen. Kurt Russell, as Cale's father Ben, also plays a touching role as he tries to keep a good balance between dreams and reality, and learns an important lesson about being a father at the same time. One of my favorite parts of this film is watching the emotions on his face while reading his daughter's creative writing project, which indirectly reveals how much belief his daughter has in him. It is an excellent scene.

This film as a whole is just very well done in both the remarkable acting and directing. It was obviously produced with the mindset of keeping it children appropriate, with no violence or immodesty. The only issue would be a few appearances of some 'four letter words' (cited for 'Brief Mild Language' in the PG rating), which I don't care for. Otherwise, this film was simply an uplifting, stirring, enjoyable experience!

Very Highly Recommended
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Norma SReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a Great Family Movie
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It's hard not to get excited about a movie that shows horse racing but this movie has so much more than just the horse racing. I'm always on the lookout for good family movies that I can watch with my granddaughter and great nieces and nephews...movies that display the values I feel are important in my family's lives and show, in action and words, a way of life the children in my life to pattern their lives. This movie fits the bill!

I watched the movie with a 13, 10, 5, 64 and 65 year old...and it was enjoyed by all. The kids were entranced with the horse and racing, of course, but also loved the way the Dad and little girl's relationship improved. They loved watching the little girl take the lead in working hard to make a dream come true and understood how this helped heal the relationship between the father and grandfather as well.

It taught us "older" children to remember our dreams and still fight for them and to remember to instill dreams in our children and help them grow into working for those dreams and following them.

As in life, there are some harsh scenes that made the young ones cry and ask, "is she going to die"...scary, sad scenes about scary, sad things that happen, so parents and grandparents, be prepared to help.

I would definitely buy this product again and recommend it for others. The casting was great. Dakota Fanning had good "attitude" and Kurt Russell and father, Kris Kristofferson looked and acted like they were father/son in real life. The fact that this story was inspired by a true story makes it even better.

Definitely a movie for my library!
31 people found this helpful
Bratty AnnReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Greatest True Story
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I loved this story. I loved that Dakota Fanning played the girl who ended up owning a broken down horse her father, Kurt Russell, got for her when, instead of shooting the horse after an injury, he took it for his pay. Kurt Russell played a hardened, down on his luck horse trainer. Elizabeth Shue is his understanding wife and Kris Kristoffersen is his father. There were so many suspenseful, idyllic, sad, joyous and wonderfully funny and heartwarming moments in this story. This is the movie where I "found" Freddie Rodriguez. I loved his dream and the way he told it. His acting has seemed underrated, but I found him mesmerizing. As a personal aside to this movie, after the movie wrapped, Kurt Russell gave Dakota Fanning her own horse...a palomino which she promptly named "Goldie".
19 people found this helpful
CristinaReadsReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect Family Movie
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Ben Crane is a horse trainer who works for money-grubbing, corrupt owners. When the owner's prized philly takes a hard spill during a training run, Ben is advised to put the horse down. Instead, he decides to adopt the horse, and takes her to his farm for rehabilitation. Although Ben comes from a long line of Kentucky horsemen, his farm is rather run-down, and his finances are in dire straits. His wife has to work odd shifts in the town diner, and his relationship with his father and daughter is strained. Soon after adopting the horse and making several unsuccessful attempts to mate her (which can bring in some serious money because of her lineage), he begins training her to race again. To make a long story short, the process of bringing the horse back to the racetrack is what this movie is all about. ALL of the characters interact well together in this movie. Despite their hardships, they are loyal and committed to each other....wonderful qualities for children to see. I especially loved watching Dakota Fanning on the big screen. Her character is cute, smart, and downright sassy, and her performance is nothing short of phenomenal.

Dreamer is a movie that you can watch with your family again and again and love it every time. This is a story about second chances, commitment and courage.

21 people found this helpful
SuegReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie.
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I loved this movie. Its a true story and a good movie that the whole family can watch. Its about this race horse and a young girl. She falls in love with this horse that raced. The girls father worked for this wealthy man. The father is employed to check out the house for his boss. He tells his boss not to race this horse, because he has something wrong with his leg. The boss chooses to still race him. The falls on the track and has a broken leg. The owner wants the horse put down. The girls father decides to ask the owner for the horse. The father looses his job. He gets his pay and is to take the horse. The father gets the horse better goes through a lot of events that has to do with the girl and horse. In the end the horse does win a race.
10 people found this helpful
Maureen E. AhernReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Story is not believable even for horse crazy people
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The story line is not believable, there were parts that were unexplained, like the relationship between main character & his dad, how the place even stayed in business, where they got their money and why a dad would leave huge money decisions up to his 7 year old daughter. The only thing that was good about this film was the actors. I'm sorta amazed they would agree to be in such a silly movie.
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