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Running Time:
1 hour, 45 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for brief mild language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Although there's not an original moment in the entire film, its low-key charm and easygoing performances make it an entertaining feel-good family movie.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary with writer-director John Gatins; "Who Is Mariah's Storm?"; "On the Set: Working with Thoroughbreds"; "Taking Care of Horses"; "Meet the Dreamer dream cast; deleted scenes; "Dreamer" music video featuring Bethany Dillon; Trackside Live Dreamer segment.



Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Dakota Fanning who has become one of the most successful child actors of our time, stars as Cale Crane, the daughter of Ben Crane (Kurt Russell), a horse trainer in Kentucky. As the movie begins, Cale and her father don't seem to have much in common, but at the urging of his wife (Elizabeth Shue), Ben agrees to take his daughter to work with him one day. Not unexpectedly, during the day a thorough-bred horse that Ben had tried to keep from racing that day, falls and breaks a leg. When the owner blames him, Ben quits his job and takes the injured horse as part of his severance pay. His first thought is simply to help the horse heal, until she’s well enough to breed and then mate her with another champion racer, and then sell the colt, which could make them as much as $300,000.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Dreamer is infertile. But it soon becomes apparent that Dreamer seems to be healing beyond anyone’s expectations and might actually be able to race again. As Dreamer heals, so does the Crane family. Ben, who's been a distant husband and father, builds a relationship with his daughter and reunites with his estranged father (Kris Kristofferson). He even improves his relationship with his wife. Luis Guzman plays one of the two trainers Ben brings to the ranch along with the horse and Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”) exudes genuine charm as the jockey who needs to prove himself again as much as Dreamer does.

But it is Dakota Fanning who keeps this movie from becoming too precocious. Just eleven years old, she seems more like a midget sometimes than a little kid. What would be annoying from a less talented child actor seems sincere coming from her.

The movie ends as you’d expect, with a big race and Dreamer entered as the underdog. Although there's an expectedly sappy ending, the film by first-time writer/director John Gatins will still leave family audiences enjoyably entertained.






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