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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.

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

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5 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$158,772 (South Africa) (23 July 2004)

Gross:

$325,601 (South Africa) (6 August 2004)
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Trivia

The horse who plays Al-Hattal is a black Arabian show champion named TC Bey Cedar. He is owned by Black Silver Arabians stables, located in Burson, California. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is racing to the finish at the end of the movie, supposedly riding Hildalgo bareback, a saddle appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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Spoofed in Shrek 2 (2004) See more »

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Performed by The Americus Brass Band
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THE LORD OF THE REINS: a big screen must-see
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews



I agree with the last comment posted: this movie is far more than what Touchstone promoted it as and more layered than what even the good reviews give it credit for. Themes of prejudice, equality, sexism, and human perseverance quietly lay a foundation for the rousing action and adventure that is being advertised.

Man and horse in a survival conflict with nature is what hits one on a visceral level, and Viggo Mortensen and his remarkable mount draw you in. King Aragorn is now the Lord of the Reins.

Looking forward to the DVD and hoping for good extra features, but this one has to be seen on the big screen to experience.


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