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Dreamer - Inspired By a True Story (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Kurt Russell , Dakota Fanning , John Gatins  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Oded Fehr, Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue
  • Directors: John Gatins
  • Writers: John Gatins
  • Producers: Ashok Amritraj, Bill Johnson, Brian Robbins, Caitlin Scanlon, Jon Jashni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0OBMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dreamer - Inspired By a True Story (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director John Gatnis
  • "Who is Mariah's Storm" featurette
  • "Filming With Horses" featurette
  • "How to Groom a Horse" featurette
  • "Meet the Dreamer Cast" featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video

Editorial Reviews

Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue, and Dakota Fanning star.

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157 of 164 people found the following review helpful
My wife and I both agree, that this is about the best horseracing movie we've seen, all the way around--cast, direction, script, soundtrack. The premise is a movie cliche, of course, and the end is mighty predictable. What makes this movie rise above all the others is mostly the marvelous cast.

Kurt Russell looks like a Kentucky horse trainer. His run-down farm looks like the real thing. Kris Kristoferson is his distant and mouthy father, a splendid choice for the role. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Shue are just right in their parts--archetypical rather than stereotypical. The string music speaks of Kentucky, but not of the hills.

Morse plays the instrument of the sellout, money, power, and corruption, a voice that small time horse trainers will recognize as true. The conflict here is between values, the slick money men vs. flesh-and-blood people. The Saudi princes get a role in here, but they are neither bashed nor glorified. Kentuckians will recognize many bit players in here too, including jockey Tammy Fox.

Based on a true story, as they say. The first half of the movie could be based upon a lot of true stories. A lot. The last half of the movie is a fantasy, but we happen to know some fantasies that came true.

Not just that an independent smalltime horseman can win a big race, although that happens now and then--no, more often the way this fantasy works out is, that someone who loves horses gets to spend a lifetime working with them, while supporting their family, and free of the corruption of drugs and the cheap and commercial fast buck.

Independently poor--but by God independent.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Dakota Fanning's new horse film, "Dreamer", was not a movie I was planning to see. The trailer was kind of boring and while I enjoy a good horse yarn there's a lot out there right now. But I got free tickets, so I went. And while "Dreamer" doesn't approach such gold standards as "National Velvet" or "The Black Stallion", the film is a well-made and ultimately thrilling story of a horse and its girl.

Fanning stars as Cale Crane, the latest in a long line of horse people in the Crane family. The Cranes have fallen on hard times: their horse farm is being sold off piece by piece, Mom has to pick up shifts in a diner, and when one night a horse Mr. Crane is training takes a bad fall Dad loses his job and inherits the busted-up horse to boot.

Universally advised to put the horse down, Crane (Kurt Russel) instead plans to fix her up just enough so he can breed her. How that rather reasonable plan evolves into a plan to race the horse, whose name "Sonador" means "dreamer" in Spanish, is the fun of the movie and what makes it a notch above the typical "inspirational" story.

The first half of the film drags a bit (shots of clouds going by and grass standing still don't help), but it gets better, and Fanning as usual is great. I thought the young kids in the audience I was with would be bored by the relatively slow tone, but they absolutely loved the movie, and for the entire last five minutes of the film they were cheering and yelling and you couldn't hear what was going on in the film. Based on that reaction I give this film four stars and recommended it to families, especially those with any horse-loving girls. Just explain to your kids that jumping off the house roof onto hay bales is a bad idea, no matter what Fanning does.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamer March 30, 2008
This is a very good fact based drama. The story is solid, but what makes this film outstanding is the cast chosen, and not enough good things can be said about them. Kurt Russell is a horse trainer from Kentucky. His look and mannerisms are spot on, and he carries this role well. Dakota Fanning is the daughter and the heart of the movie with Elizabeth Shue cast as mom. Kris Kristoferson is the father/grandfather, and no one could have played this role. His gruff unbending exterior is flawless.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent family movie November 26, 2005
When I asked my son why he liked this movie so much, he simply said that it was very exciting (he didn't add that it also moved him deeply, a fact I know because I saw him trying to hide his tears at one point).

As many viewers may know by now, Dakota Fanning is one major talent, a child actress who seems both believable and unique, a special soul who is so intensely involved in her performances that it is nearly impossible not to get caught up in her spell.

In this film, she plays the daughter of a man who is down on his luck, unable to catch a break. Somehow she manages to convince him that one horse is worth saving and then, possibly, able to race again.

Gotta give credit to Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell for keeping this one believable and not letting it sink into the realm of sentimental pap. But it does not, resulting in a magical film which is also inspiring.

Try to catch this one on the big screen, as the racing scenes are much more intense that way. It'll still be good on DVD but I think this is one film which deserves to be seen in theatres.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all around great movie January 29, 2006
"Dreamer" is the story of a racehorse that suffers a terrible accident during a race. Because of his daughter, a man decides to keep the horse rather than putting it down. Through hard work and time, the horse is worked back to health and in condition to race again. Now owned by a little girl, played by the wonderful Dakota Fanning, the horse is entered in the Breeder's Cup.

Even though you might guess at the movie's ending just by knowing the basic plot, so is the same with almost every other movie in Hollywood.

The movie itself is very well done with an amazing acting performance by Dakota Fanning and by others in the cast. The plot is interesting and doesn't drag at any moment leaving the entire film interesting.

This is the perfect family movie or even good for a date or anyone who just enjoys good movies.
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