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Hidalgo (Widescreen Edition)

Viggo Mortensen , Omar Sharif , Joe Johnston    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Si le réalisateur américain Joe Johnston est un habitué du spectacle à gros déploiement (il a, entre autres, réalisé Le parc Jurassique 3 et Jumanji), c’est avec Hidalgo qu’il renoue avec une certaine idée du divertissement hollywoodien à l’ancienne.

En 1890, Frank T. Hopkins, d’origine indienne, est considéré comme un des meilleurs cavaliers de l’Ouest américain. Son mustang Hidalgo y est pour beaucoup. Invité par le cheikh des cheikh à participer à l’Océan de Feu, une course de près de 5000 km dans le désert arabe, il devra affronter bien plus que les tempêtes de sable ou les nuages de sauterelles.

Inspiré par des événements réels, Hidalgo mêle habilement film d’aventures et western dans une production souvent spectaculaire et efficace, malgré la présence de quelques effets spéciaux peu convaincants. Bien que les questions morales (la loyauté, la pureté, le courage) qui y soient posées ne relèvent pas de la plus grande originalité, que les clichés narratifs, (comme les caractérisations des peuples arabes et américains) y soient légion, le film tout de même assez palpitant peut compter sur les interprétations des charismatiques Omar Sharif (Laurence d’Arabie) et de Viggo Mortensen (Le Seigneur des anneaux) ainsi que sur la présence d’un cheval particulièrement expressif et charmant. Un making-of et un court-métrage sur l’histoire des mustangs complètent la présentation sur DVD. – Helen Faradji

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Hidalgo Oct. 7 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating (5 stars) because I really enjoyed this movie, and I love horses. t was a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidalgo April 3 2009
Format:DVD
What an incredible story. It's one of those movies that needs to be seen on the big screen....at least once! The bond between a man and a truly incredible horse who set out on the adventure of a lifetime are amazing, heartwarming, thrilling.....wow. Don't buy the wide-screen format unless you have one of the newer wide-screen format TV's. The extra information about the making of the movie are an interesting plus. Once you've viewed the movie you just want to know more about what they went through to work in such harse surroundings. If you love horses and adventure, you'll love this movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the Oscar goes to . . . May 2 2004
Format:DVD
It's a rare occasion, unfortunately: when my 18 year old son and I can enjoy a movie together equally. "Hidalgo" gave enough action to satisfy the guy and there was enough plot to hold my interest. I was curious to see if Viggo Mortensen would be able to seem like someone else besides Aragorn to me; having seen the LOTR movies several times, I had doubts as to whether or not I could see Mortensen as anyone other than the King. My fears were groundless. Hopkins was totally believable as low-key, haunted man at home only with his horse.
But the Oscar goes to the horse, Hidalgo. (actually there were 5 horses) I can understand why Mortensen bought Hidalgo afterwards; their relationship seems totally genuine and sincere. (...)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast pace fun film for the whole family Aug. 14 2004
Format:DVD
Despite Disney Studios stupidly trying to push Hidalgo as fact, ignore that. This is Viggo Mortensen's first movie, since giving us the warrior-king Aragorn. He brought such compassion, such caring to that character, it's hard to think of any one else playing the role. So now, one ponders if he is "typecast" as Aragorn in everyone's minds. Will they accept him as a redhead, sans the beard of the darkly handsome ranger? The Rings Trilogy will live in our minds for decades. Those movies are the Gone With the Wind, Wizard of Oz, the Star Wars Sagas of our era. That Viggo is a super actor was proven long ago, if anyone was paying attention. He's acted with some of Hollywood's legends - actors and directors - but he is a near Alec Guinness type chameleon, so his works often went unnoticed. Hidalgo is not only the first project for him after Rings, it's the first really big budget film he's done riding solely on his shoulders. As such, he not only battled the Aragorn mantle, Disney's error in publicity, but the question - can he translate that into a leading man career?
The answer so far is not clear. But I believe he will. He is just too talented. Disney really muffed the ball. Six months before the movie came out it was hit with a hue & cry by historians offering evidence Hidalgo was far from factual. But then, stop and think. Since WHEN did Hollywood ever present TRUE history. One only has to look at Braveheart and Rob Roy to see great movies - shoddy history. It's always been the case with Hollywood. So Disney made a BAD decision to push this as "a true story". Even before the movie was released, there was a growing feeling of "Anti-Hidalgo".
For me, leave Disney faux pas at the door. While loving Rings, leave Aragorn at the door. And just enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment! Dec 26 2010
Format:DVD
I loved this movie! With a husband from Alberta,(a past cowboy,) and me,being a bellydancer, this brought the wild west and the middle east together in a way that was highly entertaining, and enjoyed very much by both of us.A great story, lots of action, with real heroes and villains, who could ask for more?
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story, But July 29 2011
By Dean
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this movie because I like the story and the acting of Viggo.
The 'but' is that the blue ray production could have been better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So So - Hidalgo March 26 2011
By lanholm
Format:Blu-ray
The description leads you to an action adventure the likes of Indiana Jones or Brandon Fraiser in The Mummy... Well what you get is not even close to either one of these examples. It is an interesting story, but that is about it. It has moments of almost excitiment followed by stretches of hum-drum. It is not a bad movie, but it does not measure up to the "back cover" thrill. And there is no "action-packed adventure". Get the movie for the story which is an interesting one, but not for an adventure action-paced movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Dec 12 2008
Format:DVD
Once a famous cowboy and dispatch rider for the US Cavalry, Frank T. Hopkins has ended up a self-loathing drunk starring in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show alongside Annie Oakley. Haunted by the Native slaughter he witnessed at Wounded Knee, and hiding a secret of his own, Hopkins is given a chance to redeem himself when a wealthy sheik invites him to enter the annual Ocean of Fire, a 3,000-mile survival race across the Arabian Desert. Not really confident, Hopkins initially agrees to the race because he has nothing better to do, but it soon becomes a race for his life. Since participation prior to 1890 had been restricted to only the finest Bedouin families, the pompous competitors see the American's entry as "sacrilege" and are eager to sabotage his chances.

The weathered and virile Viggo Mortensen, riding high after the Lord of the Rings trilogy, plays Hopkins as a soft-spoken and humble man. With a cloud of sadness hanging over him, Hopkins' only friend is his "painted" mustang, Hidalgo. Mortensen is able to fully convey the bond they share, and is completely believable as the real-life hero.

Others in the cast include Omar Sharif as Sheik Riyadh, Zuleikha Robinson as his "worthless" daughter, Elizabeth Berridge as Annie Oakley, and J.K. Simmons as Buffalo Bill Cody.

The screenplay is a little weak, lacking emotion and never bothering to explain the Bedouin perspective. Screenwriter John Fusco (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) is clearly an equine buff, but he spends too much time setting up the cliched human characters. As a result, the plot merely trots along, even after the race has begun. Thankfully, despite its inevitable outcome, the movie does offer a surprising and touching denouement.
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