Kurt Russell (“Miracle”), Dakota Fanning (“Man on Fire”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Blade I & II”) star in a drama about a father who, for the love of his daughter, sacrifices almost everything to save the life of an injured racehorse and bring the promising filly back to her former glory.

Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer were now being wasted on making other men’s fortunes.

Sonya was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack was suddenly cut short by a career-ending broken leg.

Considered as good as dead to her owner, who also happens to be Ben’s boss, Sonya is given to Ben as severance pay, along with his walking papers. Now, it will take the unwavering faith and determination of Ben’s young daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning), to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Kristofferson stars as Ben Crane’s father whose strained relationship with his son is bridged by their mutual hopes for Sonya. The main cast also includes Oscar® nominee Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”), David Morse (“The Green Mile”), Freddy Rodríguez (HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), Luis Guzmán (“Anger Management”) and Oded Fehr (“The Mummy”).

The film was written by John Gatins, who is also making his directorial debut on the movie. Michael Tollin (“Radio”) and Brian Robbins (“Varsity Blues”) are the producers, with Bill Johnson, Stacy Cohen, Caitlin Scanlon, Ashok Amritraj and Jon Jashni executive producing. The film will be distributed domestically by DreamWorks Pictures, with Hyde Park Entertainment, Inc. handling the international release.

DOMESTIC RELEASE: October 21, 2005

Credits are not final and date is subject to change

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(Top) DAKOTA FANNING stars as Cale in DreamWorks Pictures’ DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.

(Second) Ben Crane (KURT RUSSELL) checks if his horse Sonya is ready for the big race in DreamWorks Pictures’ DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
Photo credit(s): Joe Lederer

Photo left: Dakota Fanning, by Madelyn Ritrosky-Winslow