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Hidalgo (2004)

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In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Hopkins
... Jazira
... Sheikh Riyadh
... Lady Anne Davenport
... Aziz
... Prince Bin Al Reeh
... Katib
... Yusef
... Buffalo Bill Cody
... Sakr
Victor Talmadge ... Rau Rasmussen
... Jaffa
... The Kurd
Franky Mwangi ... Slave Boy
... Chief Eagle Horn (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
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Storyline

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

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horse | race | cowboy | sheik | arab | See All (263) »

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The True Story Of A Man Who Went Halfway Around The World To Find Himself. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo | See all certifications »

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Official site | Terra [Spain]

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5 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tűz óceánja  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,829,435, 7 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,286,731, 18 July 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,800,000
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The look of the locust swarm is based on a scene in The Good Earth (1937). See more »

Goofs

During the escape in the rescue of Jazira, gates are slammed and barred in Hildalgo's path, but the bar securing the gates is on the outside of the residence. Gates are barred on the inside. See more »

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[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #28.71 (2011) See more »

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On the Warpath
Written by Karl King (uncredited)
Performed by The Americus Brass Band
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THE LORD OF THE REINS: a big screen must-see
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I agree with the last comment posted: this movie is far more than what Touchstone promoted it as and more layered than what even the good reviews give it credit for. Themes of prejudice, equality, sexism, and human perseverance quietly lay a foundation for the rousing action and adventure that is being advertised.

Man and horse in a survival conflict with nature is what hits one on a visceral level, and Viggo Mortensen and his remarkable mount draw you in. King Aragorn is now the Lord of the Reins.

Looking forward to the DVD and hoping for good extra features, but this one has to be seen on the big screen to experience.


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