Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

Rated PG 98 minutes 2005

Sonador ("Dreamer" in Spanish), nicknamed "Sonya," is but one of many horses in the stable of rich, racist Mr. Palmer (David Morse), who insists on running her even when trainer Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) knows for sure that Sonya doesn't want to race. Sonya proceeds to break a leg, but Ben refuses to kill her, as Palmer demands. Instead, he quits his job and takes the horse as his own, much to the delight of daughter Cale (Dakota Fanning) and the disgust of Ben's crusty old Pop (Kris Kristofferson). A bunch of stuff happens that's too annoying and too obvious to bother mentioning . . . the short version is that eventually Cale ends up being Sonya's owner, and Sonya gets to race again. If you're a little girl in the Lisa Simpson mold, for whom the greatest wish-fulfillment in the world would be to have your own pony, then Dreamer just might be for you. Otherwise, no.

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Official Site: www.dreamworks.com/Dreamer

Director: John Gatins

Writer: John Gatins

Producer: Michael Tollin, Brian Robbins, EK Gaylord, II and Hunt Lowry

Cast: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Freddy Rodriguez, Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, Luis Guzman, Oded Fehr, Rosemary Garris, Rhoda Griffis and James Wolford

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