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Hidalgo (2004) Poster

(2004)

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If you select the Spanish audio track on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc, you will hear Viggo Mortensen dubbing his own character's voice. He is fluent in the language.
Viggo Mortensen purchased the horse who played the title character (T.J.) after this film was completed.
In the beginning of the film, after the massacre of Wounded Knee, we see chief Big Foot lying dead in what seems to be an unnatural pose, left arm raised from the ground. This is an accurate depiction of the Miniconjou chief's actual death pose which was photographed.
The final horse scene was filmed in Browning, Montana. 550 different horses were used in that scene. The horses all came from different owners, so to tell them apart, their hooves were branded.
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.
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.
First theatrical trailer was released with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), to capitalize on the fact that both films starred Viggo Mortensen.
In movie theaters was released as a Disney movie but was changed to Touchstone Pictures for the VHS/DVD release.
Five American Paint Horse Association registered Paint Horses played the role of Hidalgo.
Viggo Mortensen took photos of the Ghost Dancers on set and published them in a book called Miyelo. Miyelo means "It is I."
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Halfway through the film's original theatrical trailer, "Going The Distance", a Bill Conti composition from Rocky (1976) is used. It appears to be a new orchestration.
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Screenwriter John Fusco got the idea for the film when doing research for Thunderheart (1992). He was told stories about Hidalgo by an elderly chief, while living on the Pine Ridge reservation.
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Viggo Mortensen did many of his own stunts and horse riding in the movie.
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Viggo Mortensen made his own hatband out of a hank of hair from a horse's tail.
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Viggo Mortensen was cast based on his performance in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Omar Sharif was cast while filming Monsieur Ibrahim (2003). Before that, he had taken a break from acting.
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The look of the locust swarm is based on a scene in The Good Earth (1937).
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The design team created edible locusts out of paper, sugar, onion skin, and a pretzel-like material. Each one took four hours to make.
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In screenwriter John Fusco's Thunderheart (1992), the main character also has a vision of Ghost Dancers.
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Screenwriter John Fusco did not intend the movie to be seen as any kind of political allegory.
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The New York docks are actually a parking lot in Southern California.
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The start of the race was one of the most difficult scenes to film. Many of the horses started fighting each other.
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A strong cross-wind created dangerous conditions for the beginning of the race. Joe Johnston recalled, "[At times] the wind would start blowing at noon and it would blow through midnight."
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Twenty-five different animal species appear in the movie.
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John Fusco named one of his horses Hidalgo while he was writing the movie.
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120 real locusts were used in the locust storm scene, along with prop locusts and computer graphics.
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Lady Anne shares her name with Lady Anne Blunt, a baroness who was an avid Arabian horse breeder.
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Computer graphics were used to cover the crew's tracks and give the desert a pristine look.
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