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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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Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name. 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 and Penélope Cruz started dating after they met on set. The relationship lasted a little over a year. See more »

Goofs

Dirk, Al, and Eva race from the top of the fort to meet the train. Not only was the train so far away from them it was much closer the energy plant than they were, meaning that there was no way the three of them could make it from the top of the tower to their camels, race across the desert, and bury themselves in the sand all without being seen and before the train passed them. 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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Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Edward King (as Edward C. King)
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Story altered but great flick
11 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

As a fan of Clive Cussler I was pretty excited when I heard this movie was being made. I went to see the movie with only two hopes. First that I wouldn't be disappointed as I was with Hollywood's poor attempt at "Raise The Titanic". And secondly as a loyal fan of Mr Cussler's books (I have them all and read them all) joy at finally seeing Dirk, Al, Rudi, and Sandecker all come to life.

I was not disappointed. The film makers did rearrange the story a bit (treasure hunters instead of the research scientists), Sandecker retired (not in his usual office at NUMA). They omitted a few details from the book (such as Lincoln being on the Texas and Kitty Mancock the pilot of the plane, and of course the scene in the book where the author himself appears) but overall I just LOVED this movie. It was packed with action and the chemistry between Dirk/Al was fantastic. I feel that all the actors played their respective parts great and it is my sincere hope that we will get to see these characters again.


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