Hidalgo (2004)
Front Cover Actor
Viggo Mortensen Frank Hopkins
Zuleikha Robinson Jazira
Omar Sharif Sheikh Riyadh
Louise Lombard Lady Anne Davenport
Adam Alexi-Malle Aziz
Saïd Taghmaoui Prince Bin Al Reeh
Silas Carson Katib
Harsh Nayyar Yusef
J.K. Simmons Buffalo Bill Cody
Adoni Maropis Sakr
Peter Mensah Jaffa
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Drama; Western
Director Joe Johnston
Producer Casey Silver
Writer John Fusco
Studio Buena Vista; Touchstone / Disney
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 16 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Director Joe Johnston has always had an entertaining sense of adventure, and with Hidalgo he proves it in spades. It's yet another underrated film for Johnston (along with such enjoyable popcorn flicks as The Rocketeer and Jurassic Park III), dismissed by many critics but a welcome treat for anyone drawn to good ol'-fashioned movie excitement. In his first role since playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen brings handsome appeal to his low-key portrayal of Frank T. Hopkins, a real-life long-distance horse racer who, as the movie opens, has witnessed the appalling massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee in 1890. Drifting into Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, he agrees to compete, with his trusty mustang, Hidalgo, in "The Ocean of Fire," a treacherous 3,000-mile horse race across the Arabian desert. Toss in a bunch of conspiring competitors, a noble sheik (Omar Sharif), his lovely daughter (Zuleikha Robinson), and enough fast-paced danger to fill 133 minutes, and you've got a rousing, humorous, and lightly spiritual adventure that's a lot of fun to watch. It hardly matters that it's almost pure fiction (the real Hopkins was known by many as "a pathological liar"). More important is the love of movies and moviemaking that Johnston so delightfully conveys. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1413
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/3/04
Purchase Price $16.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
IMDB
All Movie Guide
Folder 012
Product Details
Edition (Widescreen Edition)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 786936228120
Chapters
Release Date 8/3/04
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby