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Ben Crane was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer are now being wasted on making other men’s fortunes. Soñador—called Sonya—was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack is 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 to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. However, the true miracle might be that, in helping this injured horse, what they are actually healing is their own family.

Original Title DREAMER
Category Official Competition
Section First Screens
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 100'
Production Year 2006
Nationality USA
Directed by John Gatins
Screenplay John Gatins
Script John Gatins
Director of photography Fred Murphy
Editor David Rosenbloom
Production Design Brent Thomas
Costume Design Judy Ruskin Howell
Sound Elliott Koretz
Music John Debney
Main cast Kurt Russell (Ben)
Dakota Fanning (Cale)
Kris Kristofferson (Pop Crane)
Elisabeth Shue (Lilly)
Luis Guzmán (Balon)
Freddy Rodriguez (Manolin)
Produced by Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins

dreamer regJohn Gatins
Born 1968, New York. Actor, screenwriter and director, Gatins was born in Manhattan and grew up in Hudson Valley near Poughkeepsie. Following graduation, Gatins moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career. He had leading role in the feature films WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY (1993) and LEPRECHAUN 3 (1995). He also had smaller parts in several other productions. As a screenwriter he wrote several films for the producers Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins: VARSITY BLUES (1999), SUMMER CATCH (2001), HARD BALL (2001). Most recently he co-wrote the Tollin/Robbins production COACH CARTER (2005). In addition, he served as a co-producer on Robbins’ comedy READY TO RUMBLE (2000). For television, Gatins created and was the executive producer on Tollin/Robbins’ WB network pilot LEARNING CURVE (2013). He makes his directorial debut with DREAMER.


Director’s statement

“This movie is about dreams. It is about the dreams of a young girl who idolizes her father, the dreams off a family that has fallen on hard times, and the dream they all share for the remarkable horse that unites them”.

Tollin/Robbins Productions
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World sales
Dreamworks Pictures
1000 Flower St., Glendale, CA 91201 - USA
phone +1 8187337000
fax +1 8186957574


Italian distribution
Festival contact
Via Cesare Beccaria 23, 00196 Roma - Italy
phone +39 06 3269101
fax +39 06 3225459
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