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Hidalgo (2004)

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In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.

Director:

Joe Johnston

Writer:

John Fusco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Frank Hopkins
Zuleikha Robinson ... Jazira
Omar Sharif ... Sheikh Riyadh
Louise Lombard ... Lady Anne Davenport
Adam Alexi-Malle ... Aziz
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Prince Bin Al Reeh
Silas Carson ... Katib
Harsh Nayyar ... Yusef
J.K. Simmons ... Buffalo Bill Cody
Adoni Maropis ... Sakr
Victor Talmadge Victor Talmadge ... Rau Rasmussen
Peter Mensah ... Jaffa
Joshua Wolf Coleman ... The Kurd
Franky Mwangi Franky Mwangi ... Slave Boy
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Chief Eagle Horn (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
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Storyline

Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry--and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders--some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The True Story Of A Man Who Went Halfway Around The World To Find Himself. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Terra [Spain]

Country:

USA | Morocco

Language:

English | Arabic | Sioux

Release Date:

5 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Océano de fuego See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,829,435, 7 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,286,731, 18 July 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,800,000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In screenwriter John Fusco's Thunderheart (1992), the main character also has a vision of Ghost Dancers. See more »

Goofs

One of the purebred Arabian horses is actually an Andalusian. Although it's not totally implausible that such a horse would be there, claiming it is an Arabian purebred is akin to claiming that the Chimichanga originated in Great Britain. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a "Touchstone Pictures presents" credit, and the logo only appears at the end. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #28.71 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Wyoming Days
Written by Karl King (uncredited)
Performed by The Americus Brass Band
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Feel good movie - start to finish ~!
10 March 2004 | by DonsgalSee all my reviews

Hidalgo is one of those movies that comes along once in a blue moon. This is a movie NOT to be missed.

Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of a gentle, laid-back cowboy hearkens back to the golden age of cinema and would make the likes of Gary Cooper proud! His subtle blend of virtue such as honor, honest and pride - without being the least bit preachy, make watching his performance an utter joy.

All of the actors are brilliant in their roles, especially the one in the title role! Hidalgo is clever and entertaining without being unbelievable as many animal movies are these days. You won't find him standing on his hind legs and doing the hokey-pokey, but his talents are very evident and he becomes a hero that we all love before the end of the movie.

One of the best parts of this movie is the fact that it is a movie by grownups for grownups, although it carries enough action and suspense that kids will probably like it to. Absent, however is the sickeningly sweet "kids scenes" that we simply cannot get away from in movies today. No charming close ups of dimple-faced waifs. No little wise-mouthed child prodigies - nothing but good old fashioned grown-up fun! How refreshing.

You will be happy to know that the ending isn't as predictable as it could have been. Although falling into the "happy" category (of course), there are poignant moments and you might shed a tear.

One other aspect of this film which I found intriguing is the issue of examining and accepting who we are. It was very well done and meaningful.

Overall this film is easily a 10+. Please see it


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