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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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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 horse who plays Al-Hattal is a black Arabian show champion named TC Bey Cedar. He is owned by Black Silver Arabians stables, located in Burson, California. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is handcuffed in the tent and about to be castrated, the "torture aid" opens his case and removes a serrated blade. In the next shot, it is back in the case. 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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Buffalo Bill's Equestrian March
Written by William Paris Chambers (uncredited)
Performed by The Americus Brass Band
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A good action western.
8 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I usually do not go for westerns, but this one looked rather good on the trailers so I gave it a try. It exceeded expectations and was a good movie to me. I thought it could have cut a few scenes here and there, but all in all it was very entertaining. Though I highly doubt all the things that happened in the movie happened in real life as claimed by the makers of the film, I think the guy this movie is based on was probably a good story teller. This one has a cowboy whose specialty is long distance races going to the Middle East to race there because they do not like the claim that he is the best long distance racer there is. Which is fair enough considering it does not look like there is all that much desert terrain in the United States. This race is very dangerous and it makes you thirsty just to watch it. Of course there are many trials and obstacles along the way including his fellow racers who hate the idea of a Mustang horse competing in the race. Though you know a Mustang has to be a rather fast and strong horse because they named a rather good car after it. All in all a very good action movie that the entire family can enjoy.


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