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Rugged cowboy Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is an expert horseman who performs in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. When affluent Sheik Riyadh (Omar Sharif), piqued by tales of Hopkins' talent, challenges Hopkins to prove himself in a treacherous long-distance horse race called the Ocean of Fire, Hopkins is forced to oblige. In the Middle East with his American mustang, he must race against thoroughbred horses ridden by the best riders in the world with his reputation -- and his life -- at stake.

Cast & Crew

Viggo Mortensen
Frank T. Hopkins
Louise Lombard
Lady Anne Davenport
Said Taghmaoui
Prince Bin al Reeh
J.K. Simmons
Buffalo Bill Cody
Don Zepfel
Executive Producer
Shelly Johnson
Cinematographer
Robert Dalva
Film Editor
Barry Robison
Production Designer
Kevin Constant
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  • May 12, 2013
    Mixed results here. Good actors, or should I say great actors, can't breath life into a film clearly focused on being the next Indiana Jones. The problem is the safe storyline, and the true story beat is just too much. Joe Johnson has a clear style, and unfortunately is unable to strengthen a film that is far fetched. The film has great visuals and a hefty budget to encourage fans, but it's over the top cinematically and fuelled by arcs that lead nowhere. It's a shame this failed at the box office, as it's a well crafted film. Johnson is no slouch when it comes to filmmaking, but he doesn't have a great track record for box office. 26/12/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2012
    This is a period piece centering around a rugged western hero who decides to prove himself by being the first westerner to enter into a gruelling desert horse race in the Middle East, hoping ot prove that his American horse Hidalgo is just as good if not better than any of the Arabian horses he's up against. The film is very schmaltzy, sappy, and emotionally manipulative, and some of it does work, but a lot of it fell flat for me. Viggo Mortensen's presence helps things out a lot, and there;s some wonderful cinematography, but some of this was just really too cheesy for me. That, and I really don't care for the opening stuff involving the Native Americans. It jsut comes off as forced, unnecessary, pandering, and really mishandled. It shouldn't even be in here, really. Also, Omar Sharif is a great guy, but give him some better material to work with, especially a character who we're supposed to like (in the end), but can't buy how it gets to that point. Yeah, I'm ripping on this movie, and some of it is just nitpicking and personal issues, but really, this film just isn't that special or all that memorable even. Go with Seabiscuit instead, or, now that it's out, War Horse.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    "Hidalgo" may have some emotional weight to it and the scenery is beautiful, bot the plot is contrived and tries too hard and the running time is a good half hour to forty five minutes too long. While this is a typical animal appreciation film and has many basic morals it preaches, the film itself isn't unbearable to watch but just doesn't take any strides of it's own. The dialogue is poor and cringe worthy at times and the sheer seriousness exuded throughout would have been much more acceptable had there been enough humor to balance it out. What we have here is an average picture that stays safe the whole time and doesn't try to be more then the script let's it be. While this isn't a terrible film or even one that I would consider bad, it's no better then an average attempt at best.
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  • Apr 26, 2011
    Hidalgo is a terrific action adventure following the legend of Frank T. Hopkins and his Mustang horse, Hidalgo. The film is about a race known as the Ocean of fire a long distance race across the Arabian desert. Hidalgo is a fairly entertaining adventure and is a film that deserves a lot more credit than it deserves. Sure the film is at times uneven, but it manages to be an entertaining and thrilling adventure that is simply loads of fun. Viggo Mortensen is good in his portrayal of Frank Hopkins. Hidalgo is basically a story of attempting the impossible. The film has Western elements, but it doesn't evoke a sense of nostalgia found in viewing such epic Spaghetti Westerns of old. The film is pretty well crafted and the pacing of the story is well thought out meaning the film is never too dull or boring, it's always exciting and thrilling. October Sky director Joe Johnson helms this film and does yet another terrific job and making a film that doesn't have a specific demographic in mind. Johnson is a splendid filmmaker and Hidalgo is yet another solid picture that proves his talents further. A surprising casting choice is Omar Shariff (I thought he was dead long ago) He plays a decent role in Hidalgo also was more famous for playing Ali in the epic masterpiece Lawrence Of Arabia. Hidalgo is an action packed film that the whole family will surely enjoy. The film is never boring, or dull and theres always something going on to keep the pace of the film going.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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