Dreamer (U)

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Oct 18 2005

Although the subtitle tells us this was ‘inspired by a true story’ (a plucky mid-’90s filly called Mariah’s Storm), the basic ingredients make up a well-tried recipe: horses, a child star, parental disapproval, sudden injury and a climactic big race. It’s not exactly a challenge to imagine how those particular dots might be joined together but, to give writer and first-time director John Gatins some credit, he does at least try to root these excitements in the daily lives of Kentucky breeding folk. His stud farm nearing bankruptcy, Kurt Russell is reduced to working as a consultant for rich horse-owners, bringing him into conflict with the likes of David Morse, whose arrogance far outweighs care for the animals. When a promising steed named Sonyador – ‘dreamer’ in Spanish  – goes down with a fracture in mid-race, Russell accepts the stricken horse as severance payment from this ruthless master, so beginning a healing process which might also repair this over-worked father’s relationship with daughter Dakota Fanning.The question, of course, is whether Sonyador will ever run again to win the prize money that’ll save the day but, in a movie targeted at younger viewers, the over-actressy Miss Fanning’s given a pivotal role in restoring the mount’s broken spirits. In a part which seems to have been written for a slightly older performer, however, she’s also involved in key financial decisions and takes a keen interest in betting, taking us far away from the innocent Hollywood horse operas of yore and blighting an otherwise unremarkable though decent-hearted time-passer for families of the horsey persuasion.
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Release details

Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Oct 21, 2005

Duration:

102 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Kurt Russell, Oded Fehr, David Morse, Freddy Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Elisabeth Shue, Kris Kristofferson, Dakota Fanning

Production Designer:

Brent Thomas

Editor:

David Rosenbloom

Cinematography:

Fred Murphy

Music:

John Debney

Screenwriter:

John Gatins

Director:

John Gatins

Art Director:

Scott Plauche

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Hannah Williams

I thought it was an incredible movie.It showed the bound between a horse and a girl and how hope and time can change everything

Hannah Williams

I thought it was an incredible movie.It showed the bound between a horse and a girl and how hope and time can change everything