Featuring plucky Dakota Fanning as the catalyst behind an injured horse's comeback attempt to win the prized Breeder's Cup, DREAMER recalls Walt Disney's family-friendly films from another era, such as THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES and THAT DARN CAT! Sonador, nicknamed Sonya, is a great horse owned by a small man, who after a severe injury gives the horse to trainer Ben Crane (Kurt Russell). Once a great trainer, Ben has become a shell of his former self, suffering both professional and personal strife, including a rocky relationship with his father (Kris Kristofferson). It seems that both Sonya and Ben are headed for the end of their careers, unless Ben's daughter Cale (Fanning) can provide them with enough faith in their abilities to heal their wounds and bring them to victory.
DREAMER takes its inspiration from the true story of the horse Mariah's Storm, a favorite for the 1993 Breeder's Cup until she suffered what would normally be a career-ending injury. However, her owners and trainers persevered, and the horse went on to win a number of significant races, including an upset at the 1995 Breeder's Cup. A moving score by composer John Debney (SPY KIDS, THE PRINCESS DIARIES) enhances the drama and creates a lasting impression, making this a certain family classic.
Elisabeth Shue - American Actress, LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995)
Kurt Russell - American Actor, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
Dakota Fanning - Actress, I AM SAM/CORALINE
Luis Guzmán - Puerto Rican actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS
Michael Tollin - Producer
Judy L. Ruskin
Brent Thomas - Production Designer
Brian Robbins - Actor-Turned-Director
Kris Kristofferson - Singer/Composer/Actor
Kris Karson - Singer/Composer/Actor
David Morse - American TV/Film Actor
John Gatins - American Actor/"Leprecha"
Fred Murphy - American Director Of Photography
David Rosenbloom - Editor, BEHIND ENEMY LINES (2001)
Freddy Rodriguez - Puerto Rican actor, SIX FEET UNDER, POSEIDON
Oded Fehr - Israeli actor, THE MUMMY
John Debney - Composer/"Hocus Pocus"
Theatrical Release: October 21, 2005
"[I]t does manage some moments of easy charm and boasts some decent performances. Some of the best scenes are built around the credible exchanges between Fanning and Kurt Russell as the girl's father." - 12/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.50-51
"Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment..." - 10/21/2005 USA Today, p.7E