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|Format||AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, THX|
|Contributor||J. K. Simmons, Viggo Mortensen, Peter Mensah, C. Thomas Howell, Kimberly Norris Guerrero, Chris Owen, Floyd Westerman (Red Crow), Adoni Maropis, Andy Warhol, David Midthunder, Todd Kimsey, Casey Silver, Jerry Hardin, Victor Talmadge, Sam Sako, Mary Ellis, Louise Lombard, Malcolm McDowell, Zuleikha Robinson, Frank Collison, Sven Ole Thorsen, George Gerdes, Adam Ozturk, Floyd Westerman, Silas Carson, J.K. Simmons, Omar Sharif, Elizabeth Berridge, Harsh Nayyar, Marshall Manesh, Michael Canavan, Dave Florek, Said Taghmaoui, Joe Johnston, Jeff Kober, Adam Alexi-Malle, Saïd Taghmaoui, Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman See more|
|Language||English, Spanish, French|
|Runtime||2 hours and 16 minutes|
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English, Spanish, French
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 77.11 Grams
- Item model number : MFR786936228113#VG
- Director : Joe Johnston
- Media Format : AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, THX
- Run time : 2 hours and 16 minutes
- Release date : Aug. 3 2004
- Actors : Malcolm McDowell, Saïd Taghmaoui, Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
- Studio : Touchstone Home Entertainment
- Producers : Casey Silver, Andy Warhol
- ASIN : B00024I2TA
- Country of origin : Canada
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,817 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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A sandstorm of epic proportions. A swarm of locusts so massive it obliterates the relentless sun. Deadly traps that defy imagination. These are just a few of the astonishing obstacles Frank T. Hopkins, the greatest long-distance racer ever, faces in the rousing action-adventure HIDALGO. Based on a true story and starring Viggo Mortensen (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy), Hopkins (Mortensen) and his mustang Hidalgo enter the ultimate extreme sport of its time -- the Ocean Of Fire. Underdogs challenging the finest Arabian horses and riders, they must not only survive the grueling race across 3,000 miles of the Arabian Desert's punishing terrain, but they must thwart the evil plots of competitors who vow victory at all costs! A great story of personal triumph, amazing special effects, and memorable characters make HIDALGO one of the most thrilling adventures ever.
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Same cowboy doing his magic somewhere else.
GOOD action,good story,even funny some time,the movie doesn't stay on the same track,goes everywhere,then comes back to it previous start.The story is taken from a real life drama,if not mistaken.
I feel like Amazon Prime needs to get their act together regarding the physical quality of their rentals.
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The cast is great with Viggo Mortensen in the lead making for a very likable hero and a perfectly cast Omar Sharif as a dignified Arab prince. Nice to see him again. And the horse(s) are, of course, magnificent. They make the film a real treat for horse lovers. Overall it's a better than average family film that should keep everybody well entertained for a couple hours. However, there are a couple intense scenes that may upset very young and/or sensitive viewers.
The DVD has English subtitles for those who may need them. It also includes a couple of extra features:
- Sand & Celluloid Featurette
- The Horse is Good 'Easter Egg'
Loading offers English, Portuguese and Dutch. Then goes into trailers. Main menu is play, Bonus [Sand & Celluloid, which is a making off and what inspired it], scene selection and set up[ basically subtitles, and English or Portuguese sound –no Dutch! ]
The Disney Corporation marketed the film as "based on a true story" although subsequent investigations failed to find any evidence of such a race and the entire tale is based upon Hopkins own autobiographical account [unpublished in his lifetime] of which the major part is easily dismissed as fantasy as there is no evidence a race of its type ever took place. In other words its all fiction and reality plays second fiddle, yet it’s a great tale and remarkably entertaining. Basically the story is a challenge between the ‘impure’ blood of commoner Franks Mustang and the ‘pure’ blood of the Bedouin Sheiks thoroughbreds.
Despite the dodgy facts, this remains a swashbuckling yarn in true ‘Boys Own’ tradition as man and beast face adversity from nature and people alike and includes sandstorms and kidnapped maidens to be rescued. It has elements of the Scorpion King, Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, as well King Solomon's Mines, and if they appealed to you, then this might as well. The content is inoffensive but younger viewers might be disturbed by some scenes and the 12 rating is thus apt. This is lively family fun and deserves to be better known. Its hard to be disappointed by this.
Frank Hopkins was a rough-rider (cowboy) from the American west in the 1890's who accepts a challenge to enter a horse-race across Arabia.- it would be unfair to give the ending away but, believe me, this really is a rip-roaring adventure story with echoes of "Indiana Jones" and "Lawrence of Arabia" - Viggo Mortensen in the role of Hopkins plays a most convincing cowboy.
If you like a good adventure story (or even if you just like horses) you should enjoy this - it is a very good movie.
It seems Frank Hopkins - whose disputed account of his life as an endurance rider and participation in the Ocean of Fire race forms the basic plot of this movie - was as much a story teller as old Walt himself. And as a story it's no doubt had its embellishments with yet more added during the script writing but does that detract from its entertainment value? Does it make it any less of a visual feast? No, it doesn't.
Yes, the syyrup is ladled on thick at times - gritty reality isn't exactly a hallmark of Hollywood or Disney - and characterisation may have as much depth as a pantomime villain but it's still an entertaining movie and shot beautifully throughout. Since it's not a documentary does it really need to be historically accurate? Does using modern day place names and phrases really matter that much in what is essentially a fairy tale?
If it's facts and historical accuracy you want watch a documentary. For a few hours entertainment the whole family can enjoy you could do far worse than watch this.