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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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 »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

A tűz óceánja  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Five American Paint Horse Association registered Paint Horses played the role of Hidalgo. See more »

Goofs

When Aziz threatens Frank with a dagger, Buffalo Bill pulls out a gun. The dagger disappears from Aziz's hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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The Passing of the Red Man
Performed by The Americus Brass Band
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Critics are wrong
14 March 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen Hidalgo twice and will go again (and again) and I will buy the DVD. I hope that people will not listen to the critics and will give this movie a chance for success. It doesn't matter if Frank Hopkins did these things or not. If he didn't, he gave us a rousing story. Viggo is perfect in this role as the "cowboy" and rides Hidalgo like the wind. The Arabian desert is frightening and beautiful. The horses are beautiful. Some don't like what seems like stereotypes, however, it takes place in 1890 and Native Americans were killed, then played for sport in "shows". Africans were enslaved and women wore (wear) veils. The movie is right with the times. The music is enjoyable. I'll look for the soundtrack on CD. See it and decide for yourself.


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