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Dreamer
(2005)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Primary Solos by:
Joshua Bell
Mike Lang
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(October 18th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy solid orchestral feel-good scores that are pleasant and undemanding in their Americana simplicity.

Avoid it... if John Debney's heartland style of acoustic guitars and solos for violin and piano might sound just slightly too much like a temp-track job for your veteran ears.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #898
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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Dreamer: (John Debney) You have to wonder just how many times a movie like this can be remade before people just get plain sick and tired of them. But Dreamer plays to the age old dreams of little girls (and some boys) everywhere, and it's wholesome entertainment with enough big name actors to keep the imaginations of the parents alive in the theatre as well. In this case, the "inspired by a true story" addendum is slapped on to the title to remind us of a horse named Mariah's Storm that accomplished between 1993 and 1995 the exact feat we are presented with in Dreamer: a promising horse that breaks its leg in a race (an all-too-common occurrence in the modern age of cortisone shots for horses... but that's a whole other controversy) but is mended against all odds to win a major race for its destitute owner. For the purposes of good moviemaking, you throw in a little girl, a mysterious grandparent (Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson rarely hurt any film they're in), a resolute Kurt Russell, and hope the script works. First-time director John Gatins is also the first-time screenwriter, and indications from the critics are that the film plays exactly as it should to the right audience. The beautiful setting of Kentucky as well as the feel-good nature of the story would merit the ultimate in pastoral scores, and while Hollywood veteran John Debney seems like the perfect choice for the project, Gatins was originally slated to employ Jan A.P. Kaczmarek for Dreamer. Perhaps choosing Kaczmarek simply because of his Academy Award win early in the year, Gatins was witness to the firing of Kaczmarek for reasons not precisely known, but perhaps due to the composer's poor genre placement in the first place. Thus, John Debney, not only the ultimate expert in score replacement, expansion, and temp-track emulation, but also a composer familiar with heroic sports and Americana stories, was hired to provide the predictable score. In fact, Debney's job is preformed so well, that Dreamer fits every stereotype he was likely asked to recreate.



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804 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.7 Stars
***** 331 5 Stars
**** 147 4 Stars
*** 157 3 Stars
** 97 2 Stars
* 72 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - July 5, 2007, at 6:40 a.m.
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Orchestration
N.R.Q. - July 19, 2006, at 11:57 a.m.
1 comment  (2168 views)
One Cue
Ken - March 9, 2006, at 11:48 p.m.
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Alternative review of Dreamer at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - January 11, 2006, at 12:01 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:10
• 1. Theme from Dreamer (2:19)
• 2. The Stand Off/1st Ride (3:01)
• 3. First Race (2:31)
• 4. Ben Asks Pop for Help (1:24)
• 5. Sonador in Harness (1:54)
• 6. Popsicles (2:59)
• 7. Manny's Story (3:39)
• 8. Testing Sonador's Leg (1:27)
• 9. 2nd Ride/Thunderpants (2:37)
• 10. Runaway Horse (2:00)
• 11. Exercising Sonador (1:38)
• 12. The Noble King (2:02)
• 13. New Owner Montage (2:10)
• 14. Training Montage (2:03)
• 15. Smart and Beautiful (1:13)
• 16. Sonador Chosen (1:08)
• 17. Cale Won't Sell Sonador (4:00)
• 18. Leaving Sadir's (4:05)
• 19. She's Ready to Run (2:04)
• 20. She Wants to Race (1:20)
• 21. Last Race (6:37)
• 22. End Credit Melody (2:25)
• 23. Dreamer (Film Mix) - performed by Bethany Dillan (3:30)
• 24. Main Title (Film Version) (2:20)
• 25. Dreamer (Pop Mix)* - performed by Bethany Dillan (3:45)
* hidden track

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a short quote from John Debney about Joshua Bell.
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