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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the Oscar goes to . . . May 2 2004
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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably fun film, if not entirely factual. July 13 2004
Okay, first off, one of the reasons I had to give this movie 4 stars was because in the commercials they boasted "based on a true story", yeah, well, based on a very loose, not even factually backed up true story. There are myths of Hidalgo, there are tales and stories and a few mentions of him in some foreign documents, but there is NO evidence that a race called the "ocean of fire" (or whatever it was called) ever existed.
Secondly, another thing weighing this movie down is the fact that it was directed by Disney. Now, don't misunderstand me, Disney has come out with a few good (even great) movies. "Remember The Titans" is one of my favorite movies of all time, but I think that if "Hidalgo" had been done by a different studio, it would have been more enjoyable, and a little less overly dramatic. I mean, come on, okay, it's possible that someone could outrun a sandstorm and hide out in an abandoned city of ruins, but it's not likely, and the chance of you actually being alright is slim-to-none.
With that out of the way, "Hidalgo" is initially a fun movie starring Viggo Mortensen whom was absolutely fabulous in "Lord Of The Rings". In this movie, Mortensen is pretty good. The visuals of the film are stunning and Omar Shareef is magnificent. The problem is, the story wanders all around the desert, all over... everywhere! And yet, of course, the main character still comes out on top at the end of the movie. Umm, okay, but I highly doubt this is the way things went down, if any of this is factual or not. Needless to say, if it was, the director took some 'artistic license' to make it more fun for the viewers. Right, *cough*, artistic license. Haha. I don't know, there's just something about the combined effect of this movies melodrama and the fact that the supposedly true story may be false, that creates an atmosphere that's just difficult to get into, and ultimately makes "Hidalgo" a regrettably forgetable movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MmMmMmMmMm Hmmmm.... July 7 2004
Hidalgo is a reminder to us that an adventure movie can be simple and entertaining without having to be trite and overdone (qua Troy and brethren). The plot and themes are straight shots to the bull's eye, no unecessary ambitions or elements, just some enjoyable twists that avoid convolution. A man, his horse, comradery and rivalry, good dudes, not-good dudes, and a desert race. Were I to compare it to another recent film, it would be a streamlined Pirates of the Carribean without the campy wit, but with a similar degree of self-consciousness. Viggio Morgenstern is as swell an actor as Johnny Depp, but where Depp maybe overacts and sometimes shows a bit too much(little) personality in his leading roles (Once Upon a Time in Mexico?), Morgenstern subtly fits into his roles like a glove, so much as that I'm not even aware of him till the credits (this may be due to that much feared actor-recognition syndrome... I simply havn't seen many films with Morgenstern, which keeps me from being annoyed by any little quirks in his acting). This film has some great casting, although the only other name I recognized in the credits was Omar Sharif (who is truely excellent in his role), and thanks to the actors' quality, I was able to buy into its illusion and hadn't even thought of who filled the characters until the credits began.
I'm always a sucker for desert photography, and I wished Hidalgo had taken greater advantage of its location's environments, but the photography and tones were well chosen and only occasionally bothersome. Outside of this I don't have any real critique of the film. Indeed, I am relieved that it doesn't appear to have any more ambition than what it plainly presents...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Hidalgo
I chose this rating (5 stars) because I really enjoyed this movie, and I love horses. t was a great movie.
Published 10 months ago by George Rutherford
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story, But
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.
Published on July 29 2011 by Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars So So - Hidalgo
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. Read more
Published on March 26 2011 by lanholm
5.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment!
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... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2010 by Pamela J. Stansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidalgo
What an incredible story. It's one of those movies that needs to be seen on the big screen....at least once! Read more
Published on April 3 2009 by Traveler2
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
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. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars A good epic movie.
Think I spelled that right.

Quickly: a pretty cool epic style movie, great production, cool it was based on a true story. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2007 by Maurice G. Tousignant
4.0 out of 5 stars A race movie
As with "Chariots of Fire" this is a race film and a race film. It is the old west and Frank Hopkins hides the fact that he is half Native American. Read more
Published on July 9 2006 by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, Boring...
Let's start with the cover in which the Sheikh's daughter is deliberately made to look like Liv Tyler to draw in viewers from LOTR. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Horsing Around
While the movie is a bit slow to get going, once Viggo actually gets to Arabia, the plot moves along well. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2004
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