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Hidalgo (Widescreen Edition)

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Said Taghmaoui, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard
  • Directors: Joe Johnston
  • Writers: John Fusco
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 3 2004
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JMOW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,074 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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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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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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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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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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I never really wanted to ride a horse before this movie; of course, Mr. Mortensen's grace makes riding look easy and fun, even when done furiously! Don't miss this film! I have seen it seven times - really and enjoyed all aspects from Mr. Mortensen's self-effacing mythic cowboy to Omar Shariff's cowboy smitten sheik. The scenery is worth the admission price by itself. The cowboy myth with twist makes the Western genre plot fresh while the required character types are all present. I applaud all involved for the respect given to all cultures and social problems involved. Easy answers are not passed off as truths. You can watch this with the family except very young children; this violence is present but not bloodied or gruesomely overplayed. The film is worth the price just for its final scene.
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