DVD 136 mins IMDB 6.6 (10,146 votes)
Buena Vista (2004)
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Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
USA  /  English

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
Said Taghmaoui
Victor Talmadge Rau Rasmussen
Joshua Wolf Coleman The Kurd
Franky Mwangi Slave Boy
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman Chief Eagle Horn (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)

Director Joe Johnston
Producer Casey Silver
Writer John Fusco
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Musician James Newton Howard
User Credit 1 Robert Dalva
User Credit 2 Jeffrey Kurland

Actor Viggo Mortensen made his first starring appearance in a film after his breakthrough performance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy with this period adventure. Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen) is a U.S. Cavalry officer who earned a reputation as one of the fastest and most daring riders in the West; however, after taking part in the bloody massacre at Wounded Knee, Hopkins becomes disenchanted with the Cavalry, and once his hitch is up, he takes a job as a rider with a seedy touring Wild West show. During an engagement in New York, Hopkins meets Aziz (Adam Alexi-Malle), an associate of wealthy Bedouin Sheikh Riyadh (Omar Sharif), who knows of Hopkins' talents and wants him to take part in "The Ocean of Fire," an annual 3,000-mile desert horse race running from Arabia to Iraq. Hopkins accepts the invitation and sails to the Middle East with his trusty mustang Hidalgo without knowing just what he's getting himself into. Once he arrives, Hopkins learns that the punishing race course claims the lives of nearly half its contestants, and that most of his competitors ride pure-bred Arabian stallions and do not regard Hidalgo and his master as worthy adversaries. Temporarily exiled to a land where freedom eludes the multitudes and class and wealth define one's fate, Hopkins finds himself riding for both honor and principle, with the support of Riyadh and his beautiful, headstrong daughter, Jazira (Zuleikha Robinson), though the Sheikh's nephew Katib (Silas Carson) is equally determined to see Hopkins go down in defeat. Hidalgo was directed by Joe Johnston, who previously worked with animals on the run in Jumanji and Jurassic Park III. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936228120
Region Region 1
Release Date 8/3/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Adventure violence and some mild innuendo.
User Text 2 Unbridled. Unbroken. Unbeaten.
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Trivia: Five American Paint Horse Association registered Paint Horses played the role of Hidalgo. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Frank and Lady Anne are sitting having a conversation outside the tent halfway through the race, the clouds in the background, especially behind Frank, change between shots. (more)

[first lines]
Frank T. Hopkins: [to Hidalgo] C'mon little brother. Checkout time. Yeah.

Awards: 2 nominations (more)