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Hidalgo (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Western  |  5 March 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Victor Talmadge ...
Rau Rasmussen
The Kurd
Franky Mwangi ...
Slave Boy
Chief Eagle Horn (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)


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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horse | race | cowboy | sheik | arab | See All (263) »


Unbridled. Unbroken. Unbeaten. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tűz óceánja  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,829,435 (USA) (5 March 2004)


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

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Did You Know?


In movie theaters was released as a Disney movie but was changed to Touchstone Pictures for the VHS/DVD release. See more »


It is mentioned that the race goes through Iraq and Syria, but they did not exist as nations until the British drew the borders after World War I. See more »


[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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A dispatch rider lives in two worlds! He is 1/2 Indian 1/2 white. He needs to reconcile those two worlds in himself to succeed in a race for his life and a big purse!
21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to state that this movie is very enjoyable, no matter how many times I watch it. I am impressed in how the filmmaker portrayed the very sensitive topic of the Wounded Knee Massacre! It was handled tactfully and with sincere empathy! Additionally this film shows an American traveling overseas! He learns of new customs and great differences in cultures. No matter what situation he finds himself in, he is courteous, polite and he accepts that these are the customs of these people! He doesn't try to change the people or push his ways on them, he knows he is a guest in this country and as that, he is downright charming! It is refreshing to see people carry themselves well and with honor, rather than being the "wild Americans" foreign countries have come to expect us to be! Well done Viggo, Joe Johnston and John Fusco!

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