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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.


Studio Dreamworks SKG TV
SKU 202161537
UPC 678149197624
UPC 14 00678149197624
Format DVD
Release Date 4/12/2011
Rating Rating
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Name Russell,Kurt
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Name John Gatins
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Cast & Crew
Bill Johnson - Executive Producer
Dakota Fanning - Actor
David Rosenbloom - Editor
Elisabeth Shue - Actor
Fred Murphy - Cinematographer
John Debney - Original Music By
John Gatins - Director
John Gatins - Writer
Kris Kristofferson - Actor
Kurt Russell - Actor
Stacy Cohen - Executive Producer
Review Russell and Fanning develop a father-daughter relationship both believable and compelling. Indeed, some of their scenes together - including a playful conversation about Cale's feeding Popsicles to the mending filly - have the feel of savvy improvisation. Kristofferson provides a few moments of weathered wisdom laced with grizzled crankiness. Unfortunately, other key cast members are unable to do more than go through the motions in thinly written roles.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review They say girls discover horses right before they discover boys. Whether that represents progress is a question every parent of a teenager must sometimes ponder, but certainly any girl (and a lot of boys) in the target age group are going to make "Dreamer" one of their favorite films. For adults, the movie offers the appeal of solid, understated performances by Russell, Kristofferson and David Morse, whose villain doesn't gnash but simply calculates heartlessly. And then of course there is the horse racing. If your horse might win but might break the same leg again, you have so much riding on the race that the odds don't really come into it.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound; Dobly Digital Stereo, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Dakota Fanning / David Morse / Elisabeth Shue / Freddy Rodriguez / Kris Kristofferson / Kurt Russell / Luis Guzman / Oded Fehr / Russell,Kurt
Composer John Debney
Director Fred Murphy / John Gatins
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Video Format DVD
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times ...'Rocky' for kids...
Ken Tucker, New York Magazine ...truly warm, sincere tale...
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...a perfectly lovely film...
Dan Jewel, Life & Style Weekly Sweet and immensely likeable, it'll leave you cheering.
Russ Leatherman, CNN and Dreamer is a treasure!
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper A great family film!
Sam Rubin, KTLA TV, Los Angeles It's a winner! The perfect family film.

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