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

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,370,577 (UK) (8 April 2005)

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$68,642,452 (USA) (29 July 2005)
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Philip Anschutz would not fund any film with even a possibility of getting an R rating, which meant that some scenes Cussler wanted in the film, such as the brutal revenge murder of a slave boss, were not likely to be shot no matter how much the novelist complained. See more »

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There are numerous historical errors in the exposition. The following four are the most notable. 1) The model shown of the "CSS Texas" is that of the Virginia (commonly and improperly called the Merrimack). As this was built on the salvaged hull of the only federal steam frigate available to the Confederacy, its design was unique. 2) None of the Confederacy's casement ironclads were capable of transoceanic travel. a) They did not posses the seaworthiness necessary for such a voyage. b) None had the fuel for more than a few days of steaming, which is insufficient to even begin to cross the Atlantic Ocean. c) The engines in all of the vessels were not dependable enough to function for the time required to cross an ocean. 4) The James River, down which the "CSS Texas" was supposedly sailing, was closed by physical barriers installed by Union forces to prevent exactly what is shown. A few months before the "CSS Texas" is supposed to have sailed, a squadron of three ironclads, plus other vessels, attempted to force their way down river, only to be turned back. All were later scuttled to prevent their capture. 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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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 »

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Written by Don Brewer
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad
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Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Very Good - The flavor of Indy Jones, for modern times
28 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit I've missed a lot of action movies released recently, because the subject matter didn't interest me all that much. The advance press for /Sahara/, with its obvious links to treasure hunting and to intrigue, led me to believe that I'd enjoy it more than, say, recent Vin Diesel work. And I was right.

Dirk Pitt is an Indiana Jones for the modern day. But he's more. There's an edge, an extra quality of "can do" that helps carry the improbabilities of the plot nicely.

If you liked /Raiders of the Lost Ark/ or /Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade/, you should go see this picture.

Some violence, mostly of the shoot-'em up variety, often more implied than "in your face" (and that's a good thing). Definitely intelligent and thoughtful story line.

Matthew McConaughey (Dirk Pitt) is easy to watch. Steve Zahn (Al Giordino) is near perfect as his sidekick. Penélope Cruz (Eva Rojas) holds her own against the bad guys. William H. Macy (Admiral James Sandecker) is excellent in his role as well.

It's fun, and it's worth full price admission. What could be better than that?


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