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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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Breck Eisner

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Clive Cussler (novel), Thomas Dean Donnelly (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike ... Imam
Mark Aspinall Mark Aspinall ... Lawyer
Rakie Ayola ... Mrs. Nwokolo
Christopher Bello Christopher Bello ... Train Driver
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ... Gunboat 1 Officer
Empotoe Bosage Empotoe Bosage ... Pick Up Truck Guard
Robert Cavanah ... Captain Tombs
Penélope Cruz ... Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
Clint Dyer ... Oshodi
Matthew Flynn ... 1st Lieutenant, Ironclad
Paulin Fodouop Paulin Fodouop ... Modibo (as Paulin F. Fodouop)
Ouahbou Houcine Ouahbou Houcine ... Tuareg Village Boy #1
Emmanuel Ighodaro ... Kazim's Officer Asselar
Lennie James ... General Zateb Kazim
Maurice Lee Maurice Lee ... Zakara
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

UK | Spain | Germany | USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sahara See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,068,372, 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$68,671,925

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,240,351
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Following the failure of Raise the Titanic (1980), Clive Cussler had refused to sell the movie rights to any of his books, until he was approached, just as he had been for that film, by a very rich outsider, in this case Philip Anschutz. A Denver billionaire who had parlayed his oil and gas fortune into a broad range of investments, he was also a strongly conservative Christian. One of his investments had been the Regal theater chain, the largest in the country, and like many successful film exhibitors he decided to put some of his money into productions. The Anschutz Film group sought to produce films that weren't R-rated and delivered a strong moral message. Cussler, remembering the earlier experience, not only got Anschutz to shell out $10 million for the rights to his 1992 novel Sahara, he also got final approval for the script, cast and director-a highly unusual provision for the author of a novel being adapted into a film. See more »

Goofs

When Dirk and Al are in the boat and being shot at by the Military, their window breaks. In the next shot all the windows on the boat are intact. See more »

Quotes

[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

A Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt Adventure See more »

Connections

References Raise the Titanic (1980) See more »

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Djaa
Written by Mamady Keïta
Performed by Mamady Keïta
Courtesy of Fonti Musicale / Follow Me Productions / Zig Zag World
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Not as cheesy as it looks
1 December 2005 | by genafefaSee all my reviews

I expected nothing from this movie and was pleasantly surprised, even refreshed. All of the characters had a reason to be where they were, even the female character. Her mission is actual more compelling than the lead's. The sidekick, Al (Steve Zahn), is not just a buddy along for the ride. It's clear that the lead wouldn't be able to do what he does without him. Beside, Zahn is just damn funny.

It didn't require my full capacity to suspend disbelief, which was especially refreshing and left mental reserves to actually appreciate the characters and story.

I was pleased to recognize drum rhythms that were actually from Nigeria and Mali. Indigenous music enhanced the adventure of by taking us there. The locations were filled out, and not just a backdrop for the action.

Go ahead and watch it. It's not as cheesy as it looks.


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