Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

Synopsis: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner. The arrival of the mare to Crane's farm, will be the perfect opportunity for both father and daughter to reconstruct their lost familiar bond. "Soñador" (Dreamer in English), the renamed mare, despite its broken leg, maybe could have another chance to return to the racecourse, with the help of Cale, Ben, and his father, Pop.
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Director(s): John Gatins
Production: Dreamworks
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

There used to be horses in that barn.

At least,

that's what my grandfather says.

We're probably the only horse farm

in Lexington, Kentucky,

that doesn't have one horse.

Not one.

It might rain.

Pat said it'd be a good day for me

to come down to the diner.

Yeah, well...

Just be breakfast and lunch,

three days a week.

If you're working at the diner,

she comes home from school to nobody?

Well, Pop lives right next door.

I know you two don't talk much,

but he and Cale get along real well...


- And what?

You've been promising her for months

you'd take her to work with you.

And I will, Lil. But not today, honey.

I got a big race.

What do I tell her?

Tell her I was late, and I just

didn't have time to wait for her.

- You tell her.

- Honey, I'm going to work.

All right, get in.

I don't want to be late.

There you go.

Fifty-eight and one.

Send Sonya. Don't let her out.

I just want to watch her action.

I like him.


I like her, too.

Can I get a bucket of multigrain

in stall number three, please?

- Good morning, sir.

- Good morning.

Balon, you remember Cale?

Sure. She doesn't

come around anymore.

Wow, honey, you've gotten so big.

Eddie, let's look at Goliath's Boy.

- That means good morning.

- Morning.

He's got legs like steel.

Take him in.

Whoa. What do you got there?

You got some candy?

Hey, Sonya. There you go, Sonya.

Yeah. That's Sonya. She likes candy.

- Sonya likes Twizzlers.

- Yeah?

Well, who's this?

Got a new jockey?

Manny, this is my daughter Cale.

Manolin Vallarta.

The greatest jockey in the world.

- Fattest jockey in the world.

- Fat?

Chacho, I'm too tall to race.

Look at you, man. Look at these clothes.

This is a barn, not a disco.

He likes the way I dress.

Now, you see your daddy?

You see how he's feeling the legs?

You see that?

We just want to make sure

the horse is sound and healthy.

Your daddy always say you listen

to a horse, he'll tell you how he feels.

OK. Thanks, Mark.

Boy, I'll tell you, I don't know.

The leg feels fine,

but she keeps jumping at that.

She wants to get back in her stall.

- She never does this, ever.

- She going to race today?

Of course she's going to race today.

Hello, Mr. Palmer.

Nice to see you.

Wasn't sure you were coming today.

I don't believe I've ever met...

Prince Tariq Abal.

Well, Sonya is just as pretty

as she is fast.

Sir, I'll meet you at our box

after I talk with my staff.

- What's the story here?

- She's acting funny.

Some heat

in that right front this morning.

I'm not sure she wants to run today.

I don't feel any heat.

What'd the vet say?

The vet and the paddock judge

both passed her as fine, but...

Well, good.

That's all that matters.

Sir, I'm just saying

I don't think she should go today.

Prince Tariq flew his personal 737

8,000 miles for what?

I don't know,

to win the Jansen Handicap, I guess.

To beat his brother Sadir.

Tariq only flies in

to see one of his horses

run against one of his brother's horses.

We're messing with a champion

who's won her first two races.

This'll make three.

She's a star, no doubt about it.

She's a lot more than a star, Everett.

I'm listening to the horse. She's

saying she could do better with rest.

You'd do better by listening to me.

Look, she's a nice horse.

But I've spent millions

on a stable of horses for Prince Tariq

so he can beat his brother.

Now, I know you got big plans,

but just do your job.


Daily maintenance,

overseeing the workouts, your job.

Picking her races, my job.

Are we good?

- Yeah, we're good.

- Good.

She's morning-line favorite.

Let's go. Tell one of the Mexicans

walk around to settle her.

OK, Mark.

You heard the boss. Let's go.

You own a horse, sweetie?

This is just for owners.



See her, honey?

Number five, right there.

That's our girl.

Think she'll win?

I got ten dollars

that says she's going to win.

From the Wishman Stables,

here's Rapid Cat.

Dark Fire on one of the outside gates.

Here we go, baby.

And away they go.

Easy. Nice and easy now.

Yeah, she's fourth.

Come on, sweetheart.

Go, Sonya.

Maybe this is your day, honey.

Come on.

Bring it home, baby.

Come on, Sonya.

Hold her down, man.

It's OK. I got it here.

Cannon bone. Look, I'm sorry, Ben,

we got to put her down.

She all right?

Easy, girl. Easy.

Not here. Take her back to her stall,

but not here.

- Come on.

- Atta girl.

Ben, I can't put her down

until you sign this.

No, I want some X-rays taken.

Cale, come here.

Stay out of the way.

What's the point?

She's finished.

I do not believe this.

I told him.

- What? What'd you tell me?

- I warned you she wasn't right.

- You saddled her.

- What? Wait a minute.

It's sad when these things happen.

- Sad?

- Yeah, sad. This is an athlete.

Well, then you just knowingly

killed a $750,000 athlete.

Fellas, we need to make a move here.

- Tell me.

- It's her cannon bone.

You pushed her. She'd have run

in the Breeders' Cup. She was special.

Now she got a broken leg

and it's over. Let it go.

You don't care about anybody, do you?

Horses or people.

I do, Ben. That's why I'm giving

you the opportunity to find a new job.

- You firing me?

- That's right.

Take your Mexicans with you.

They're men, Palmer.

They got names.

You owe me money.

You'll get your check

first of the month.

You pay me now.

9,000 for the last three months.

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John Gatins

John Gatins (born April 16, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, and actor. He is credited with writing and directing Dreamer and writing Coach Carter, Real Steel, and Flight, among others. As an actor, he has collaborated three times with Eddie Murphy. more…

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