Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story

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Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story

Starring: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson. (U)

Release date: 2005

3 out of 5


A sort-of Seabiscuit drama for girls too young to have discovered boys or cynicism, this is the old-fashioned tale of a cute little girl (Fanning) and her horse. It’s actually an injured thoroughbred named Soñador (which means ‘dreamer’ in Spanish) that her horse trainer dad (Russell) saves from being put down. Despite the family being on the verge of bankruptcy, Dad helps return the horse to fitness and even entertains the notion of entering the filly against all odds in the tough Breeders’ Cup. Do you think she can win?
A sweet if rather predictable family drama that will appeal most to little girls who love ponies and all things equine. 

Is Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

None, although children may be upset when Soñador falls during a race.

If you like this, why not try: Racing Stripes, National Velvet, International Velvet, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion,