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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike ... Imam
Mark Aspinall ... Lawyer
... Mrs. Nwokolo
Christopher Bello ... Train Driver
... Gunboat 1 Officer
Empotoe Bosage ... Pick Up Truck Guard
... Captain Tombs
... Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
... Oshodi
... 1st Lieutenant, Ironclad
Paulin Fodouop ... Modibo (as Paulin F. Fodouop)
Ouahbou Houcine ... Tuareg Village Boy #1
... Kazim's Officer Asselar
... General Zateb Kazim
Maurice Lee ... Zakara
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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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Adventure has a new destination. See more »


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

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8 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Сахара  »

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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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In 2007, the film's full, 151-page line-item budget, entered as evidence in the lawsuits and supposedly confidential, was leaked to the Los Angeles Times. This rare look into the detailed finances of a film, especially a notoriously expensive bomb, showed the production benefiting from cheap Moroccan labour and European tax credits on one hand, but wasting the money on a plane crash that was cut and paying Penélope Cruz's hairstylist and dialect coach over a quarter of a million dollars. More seriously though, it even included expenses for what were explicitly labelled as bribes to Moroccan officials, some of which may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. See more »

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As they are having dinner while going up the river just before the camera cuts to behind Dirk, Eva reaches for the bottle, as we look over his shoulder she's sitting back against the cushion. When the camera switches back to face Dirk they talk, then it switches to over his shoulder and she takes a swig from a glass, that she never had a chance to fill, and which wasn't even on the table. See more »

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[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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A Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt Adventure See more »

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Assiko
Traditional
Arranged by Orchestra Africa Djembé
Performed by Orchestra Africa Djembé
Courtesy of Sunset France
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Succeeds in what it tries to do
12 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Bring on Dirk Pitt! Here is a movie that wants to have fun, the cast wants to have fun. The audience ends up having fun. Steve Zahn is hilarious. Matthew McConaughey handles the limited demands of his role quite well. Penelope Cruz brings her ever-present charm and beauty to a role which is notable for being one of the few action-adventure roles written for a female that is not obnoxious in recent memory. You can't take your eyes off William H. Macy whenever he is on screen in ANY movie. He's that good.

It's kind of a Bond meets Indiana Jones film (I swear they used the same canyon from "Raiders of the Lost Ark") The villains are one dimensional, but who cares? We are here to follow the exploits of our heroes. If we have to suspend our disbelief, we do it willingly because we are grinning ear to ear.


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