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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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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}

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Adventure has a new destination. See more »


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

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8 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$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:

$68,671,925

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,269,486
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Matthew McConaughey had travelled up the Niger River and trekked through Mali as a tourist before the movie. Breck Eisner used McConaughey's pictures from his travels as research for the film. See more »

Goofs

Al, Dirk and Eva get on the train one at a time and the guard at the end of the train sees the now-riderless camels one by one. While Eva is getting on the train, the scene switches to view from the rear of the train. All three camels are seen close together. Shortly thereafter, the scene switches again to the view from the train, and the camels are separated by some distance from each other. The camels would not have been that close together unless all three people had boarded the train simultaneously. See more »

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[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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A Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt Adventure See more »

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Referenced in Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian (2008) See more »

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Shikhebe Shamago
Written by Selko Twala and Longwe Twala
Performed by Brenda Fassie
Courtesy of The CCP Record Co. / A Division of EMI Music South Africa
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music Ltd.
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A fun time for all
10 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm extremely perplexed at the lukewarm and especially the bad reviews this one is getting from the professional critics, because my husband and I both found it a very enjoyable romp. Yes, you have to suspend your disbelief during some of the action sequences, but I don't remember people complaining about the lack of realism in the Indy Jones or "Romancing the Stone" series. The dialogue (especially the buddy banter and William H. Macy's character) is amusing, the plot easy to follow despite its complexities, and the action virtually nonstop. I also found it refreshing for the sidekick to look like a doofus, but actually more than hold his own during crunch time.

I can only assume the negative reactions are from fans of the book (I have never read any Clive Custler, so it may well depart from it in tone or otherwise.) But judged solely on its merits as a light-hearted adventure movie, it more than met my expectations.


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