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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:
Prince Bin Al Reeh
Harsh Nayyar ...
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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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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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When distributed in Egypt, the Arabic translation of "fifth wife" is "fourth wife" since in Islam you are not permitted to have more than four wives. See also the goofs. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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18 August 2004 | by (Safford, AZ) – See all my reviews

I've read some pretty disparaging comments about this movie that make me wonder what on earth was so bad? Let's see, there were objections over the predictability of the plot, the stereotyping, the music and on and on. People need to relax and enjoy this movie as entertainment only. I personally thought it was one of the nicest new releases I'd seen.

I know this was another movie about the underdog winning against all odds but I like this kind of movie. I thought the screenplay was admirable in it's restraint not having the main character even kiss the two women involved. The music was very moving and beautiful.

Perhaps some people have become so jaded that a movie simply isn't complete unless there's a helicopter chase, an exploding car or two (or in this case, a wagon), a trip to the nearby strip club with the flashing lights(where all characters in search of answers seem to end up at), gratuitous sex scenes, oh yeah, don't forget to use the 'F' word and while we're at it: let take God's name in vain a few times for the sake of 'realism'.

Hollywood needs to make more movies like this.

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