Sahara (2005)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Penelope Cruz Eva Rojas
William H. Macy Admiral Sandecker
Matthew McConaughey Dirk Pitt
Steve Zahn Al Giordino
Jude Akuwidike Imam
Rakie Ayola Mrs. Nwokolo
Robert Cavanah Captain Tombs
Clint Dyer Oshodi
Matthew Flynn 1st Lieutenant Ironclad
Paulin Fodouop Modibo
Mark Aspinall Lawyer
Christopher Bello Train Driver
Nicholas Beveney Gunboat 1 Officer
Empotoe Bosage Pick Up Truck Guard
Penélope Cruz Eva Rojas
Dayna Cussler Kitty Mannock (scenes deleted)
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Comedy
Director Breck Eisner
Producer Stephanie Austin; Howard Baldwin
Writer Thomas Dean Donnelly; James V. Hart; Clive Cussler
Studio Paramount Pictures; Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 4 mins
Country USA
Color Color
It took more than 25 years for another Clive Cussler novel to come to the screen after the financial and critical disaster of Raise the Titanic. Based on Cussler's oddly landlocked adventure, Sahara finds the author's hero, Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey)--a sort of all-American, high seas variation of James Bond--in Africa looking for a Confederate ironclad ship that impossibly might have ended up there. Soon he and his faithful sidekick Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) are lost in another adventure, discovering a deadly contaminate being tracked by a beautiful doctor (Penelope Cruz). The results are checkered: there's no one outstanding sequence, but the action is enjoyably varied, while the thrills are mild yet not bombastic or gratuitous. The cast are all adept in their roles, yet the only one who sparkles is the scene-stealing Zahn, cast against type; McConaughey, who also produced, knows he might be starting a franchise character and plays it safe. He's never as dangerous as Cussler's hero is on the page (except in his introduction), and in fact, the whole movie plays towards comedy, infused by a soundtrack of 70s FM radio monsters. Cussler fanatics may not like this lighter fare, especially with the archeological portion (a Cussler strong point) not fully embraced, but with a very, very likable cast and colorful settings, Sahara is a kindler, gentler action film that has all the elements in place for a better, more memorable franchise if anyone cares to attempt it. --Doug Thomas
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Index 1603
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 2/1/06
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1; Region 4
Screen Ratio Widescreen (16:9, Anamorphic)
Layers Dual side, single layer
UPC 097363418146
Release Date 8/30/05
Subtitles English; English (Closed Captioned); Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital Surround [English]
Dolby Digital Surround [French]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1