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Sahara (2005)

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Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike ...
Mark Aspinall ...
Mrs. Nwokolo
Christopher Bello ...
Train Driver
Empotoe Bosage ...
Pick Up Truck Guard
Captain Tombs
Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
1st Lieutenant, Ironclad
Paulin Fodouop ...
Modibo (as Paulin F. Fodouop)
Ouahbou Houcine ...
Tuareg Village Boy #1
Kazim's Officer Asselar
Maurice Lee ...


Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Adventure has a new destination. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Сахара  »

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Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,370,577 (United Kingdom), 10 April 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,068,372, 10 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Never Been Any Reason" by Head East was also featured in Matthew McConaughey's first movie, Dazed and Confused (1993). See more »


When Dirk and Al are handcuffed to the back of the pickup truck, Dirk uses his Confederate gold coin to unscrew the truck bed. The coin is still shown in his hand after he obviously gives the coin to Al and before Al could possibly have given it back. See more »


[first lines]
Sailor Who Drops Gold: Sorry, captain.
Pilot, Ironclad: It's all right son, just keep moving. That's the future in your hands.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening title sequence of the movie, when the camera is panning over all the Dirk Pitt articles and pictures on the wall, just as in many of Clive Cussler's books he appears in one of the pictures. There is a cut-out of Clive's head atop a woman in a bikini - just after the picture of Dirk and Al in Navy Whites and just before a picture of Sandecker with the President. See more »


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 June 2015 (2015) See more »


Right Place, Wrong Time
Written by Dr. John (Malcolm Rebennack)
Performed by Dr. John
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Sahara is worth a look
24 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

By accident, I caught an advance screening of this movie last night in DC. I'd heard negative reviews, but thankfully did not let that cloud my judgment. The chemistry between Matthew McConaughey & Steve Zahn is palpable. I didn't think the chemistry between Penelope & Matthew sizzled, till the end. But since we all know now that they're together...I find it amusing. Good for them!! The location shots for this movie are phenomenal, esp Morocco. I'm bringing ALL my Moroccan friends to the movie when it is released. It's similar to National Treasure, but not as slick. There was more sarcastic humor throughout National Treasure, but there's great buddy chemistry in Sahara. I HOPE that Steve Zahn & Matthew McConaughey do a sequel or at least another movie together. This film is worth the price of full admission.

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