Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry--and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders--some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The design team created edible locusts out of paper, sugar, onion skin, and a pretzel-like material. Each one took four hours to make. See more »
One of the purebred Arabian horses is actually an Andalusian. Although it's not totally implausible that such a horse would be there, claiming it is an Arabian purebred is akin to claiming that the Chimichanga originated in Great Britain. See more »
If you can get away from the "claim" to be based on a true story, you will probably enjoy this film. I found myself, however, unable to get away from that claim, and it ruined the film for me. I just kept sitting there saying to myself, "Now, that was about as unreal as it could get." I mean, the horse is down, blood comming from its nose, and the next minute up he gets, and not only runs to the finish line, but passes 2 other horses on the way, get real. I have no doubt that something like the race could have happened in which Hidalgo ran, but that is where the reality ends.
Ignore the claim, and you can enjoy a good story, find yourself thinking this actually happened, and you might not like it too much.
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