The real "Hidalgo" was my grandfather's horse and he was Native American and I have been trying to do a geneology despite my great ancestors(Native American "great grandparents) getting killed there was a name change, for my Native American Grandfather had been wondering around the mountains of southwest and was taken in by a Mexican family and gave my Grandfather, their sir-name. Written by
When Frank goes to shake the Sheik's hand, he is told the Sheik can't touch him or he will lose his ability to foretell the future. But just minutes later, when Frank hands the Sheik the Colt revolver, and the Sheik returns it to him, their hands touch. See more »
This is a film that I could watch almost any time.
OK: so what makes a film a "10"? For me, every scene has to work. Would I take out any scenes? If so, then the flick isn't a 10. Also, does each scene move the story forward? If this is seamlessly done, then all the better. "Hidalgo" not only does this; but it does so easily, and unobtrusivesly, with the sense that the lead actor (Vigo Mortensen) is the vehicle for an ongoing, and interesting, story ... and what a story it is! Just as with the film Apollo 13, the fact that the story is based on real history and fact makes the story-telling more than a good tale. It tells us something worth remembering.
Did I mention that this is a rippingly good story? Did I mention that all of the actors are compellingly good ... including the horse (Hidalgo)? Did I mention that this movie transcends facile categorization (Western, Adventure, Drama, etc.?) This is just a damned good, under-appreciated movie.
The bonus material on the DVD is worthy of inclusion in a course on Western Civilization (a course that I've taught several times)? See this for yourself. I doubt that you'll be disappointed. In fact, I think that you'll recognize this as equal to such under-appreciated films such as "King of Hearts" and "Kasper Hauser" ... films that you'll be proud to own and to show to your friends.
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