• DVD Release: March 21, 2006
• Film Release Date: October 21, 2005
• Rated: PG
• Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures
• Director: John Gatins
• Cast: Kurt Russell (Ben), Dakota Fanning (Cale), Kris Kristofferson (Pop Crane), Elizabeth Shue (Lilly)
• Writer: John Gatins
• Producers: Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins
Dreamer is the story of a young girl, Cale (Dakota Fanning), who longs for a close relationship with her adored father. Ben Crane (Kurt Russell), Cale's father is a great horseman who sacrifices everything to save an injured racehorse, Soñador (called Sonya - means "dreamer" in Spanish). Sonya's bright future on the racetrack is suddenly cut short by a career-ending broken leg. Out of love for Cale, Ben rescues Sonya from euthanasia and takes the horse as severance pay on the day he loses his job. With unstoppable faith and determination, Cale unites two damaged souls, the father she adores and the horse she loves. Together they surmount great hurdles, both physical and emotional, to compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic, turning broken dreams into a miraculous, many-faceted victory.
The overwhelming spiritual theme woven into the story is found in Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (NLT) A potentially fatal injury, numerous failed hopes and devastating set backs, these things work together to bring about something good, something even better than originally dreamed.
Visit the official Dreamer Web site for:
• Family Faith and Values Activity Guide
• Christian Study Guide
Violence:The injury to Sonya is dramatically, but not graphically depicted.
Language:There are three uses of the d-word.
Drug and Alcohol:None.
And I have to say, I loved every bit of this film! The casting is perfect, with Kris Kristofferson (Pop) and Kurt Russell truly resembling father and son. Dakota Fanning is completely captivating as Cale. When she clumsily seeks her father's approval, only to receive disappointing disinterest, I felt I could walk right into her emotions. She pursues her father with unconditional love, she believes in him and inspires him to believe in his dreams again.
The racing scenes are dramatic and engaging. The camera carries viewers right into the stands of the Lexington, Kentucky racetracks.
I believe the appeal of Dreamer is its ability to inspire us to "get back in the game," face the hurdles of broken dreams and believe an even better dream is waiting to be realized.