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In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.

Director:

Joe Johnston

Writer:

John Fusco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Victor Talmadge Victor Talmadge ... Rau Rasmussen
Peter Mensah ... Jaffa
Joshua Wolf Coleman ... The Kurd
Franky Mwangi Franky Mwangi ... Slave Boy
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Chief Eagle Horn (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
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Storyline

Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry--and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders--some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Experience the incredible true story of a man who left behind the world he knew, and found the courage to do the impossible See more »


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12 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Terra [Spain]

Country:

USA | Morocco

Language:

English | Arabic | Sioux

Release Date:

8 April 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Océano de fuego See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,829,435, 7 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,286,731, 18 July 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,800,000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Viggo Mortensen purchased the horse who played the title character (T.J.) after this film was completed. See more »

Goofs

While the train is pulling out prior to Hopkins getting off it shows the rail cars using a knuckle coupler. The coupler was not accepted by the US until 1893, 3 years after the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.
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Wyoming Days
Written by Karl King (uncredited)
Performed by The Americus Brass Band
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This is a film that I could watch almost any time.
14 August 2005 | by walter-87785774See all my reviews

OK: so what makes a film a "10"? For me, every scene has to work. Would I take out any scenes? If so, then the flick isn't a 10. Also, does each scene move the story forward? If this is seamlessly done, then all the better. "Hidalgo" not only does this; but it does so easily, and unobtrusivesly, with the sense that the lead actor (Vigo Mortensen) is the vehicle for an ongoing, and interesting, story ... and what a story it is! Just as with the film Apollo 13, the fact that the story is based on real history and fact makes the story-telling more than a good tale. It tells us something worth remembering.

Did I mention that this is a rippingly good story? Did I mention that all of the actors are compellingly good ... including the horse (Hidalgo)? Did I mention that this movie transcends facile categorization (Western, Adventure, Drama, etc.?) This is just a damned good, under-appreciated movie.

The bonus material on the DVD is worthy of inclusion in a course on Western Civilization (a course that I've taught several times)? See this for yourself. I doubt that you'll be disappointed. In fact, I think that you'll recognize this as equal to such under-appreciated films such as "King of Hearts" and "Kasper Hauser" ... films that you'll be proud to own and to show to your friends.


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