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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.

Director:

Breck Eisner

Writers:

Clive Cussler (novel), Thomas Dean Donnelly (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike 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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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:

Сахара See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As the camel Matthew McConaughey was assigned would not stay still, the scene where he swings off the camel's neck had to be reshot several times. See more »

Goofs

The African soldier on the boat pulls a 1911 government model out and fires 5 rounds at dirk then turns and fires another 5 rounds at the other boat. A few seconds later he fires an additional 5 rounds at dirk. 1911's typically have a 7 or 8 round magazine with 1 in the barrel for a total of 8 or 9 rounds. The soldier fired a total of 15 rounds without changing magazines. 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 »

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Referenced in Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian (2008) 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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No cinematic drought after all
23 July 2005 | by stamperSee all my reviews

It had been proposed by some that the only reason Eisner Jr. (Breck) was allowed to make this film was his relationship with Eisner Sr. (Michael). While there is no proof for such an argument either way, Breck has proved to be not much worse than other directors. In fact he did better than most and worse than some. Sahara is best described as a typical entertaining adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones or perhaps National Treasure. It has a tough good guy (McConaughey), a funny sidekick (Zane) and admirable eye-candy (Cruz). Now I admit that most things are quite shallow, but if you mix all of the above mentioned ingredients with a decent story, good action sequences and throw in the fact that there isn't one nanosecond of corniness in this movie, you inevitably end up with a crowd pleasing blockbuster.

7,25 out of 10


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