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Hidalgo [DVD] [2004]

Viggo Mortensen , Omar Sharif , Joe Johnston    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard, Adam Alexi-Malle
  • Directors: Joe Johnston
  • Writers: John Fusco
  • Producers: Casey Silver, Chris Salvaterra, Don Zepfel, Patricia Carr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002GX9HS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Joe Johnston has always had an entertaining sense of adventure, and with Hidalgo he proves it in spades. It's yet another underrated film for Johnston (along with such enjoyable popcorn flicks as The Rocketeer and Jurassic Park III), dismissed by many critics but a welcome treat for anyone drawn to good ol'-fashioned movie excitement. In his first role since playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen brings handsome appeal to his low-key portrayal of Frank T. Hopkins, a real-life long-distance horse racer who, as the movie opens, has witnessed the appalling massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee in 1890. Drifting into Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, he agrees to compete, with his trusty mustang, Hidalgo, in "The Ocean of Fire," a treacherous 3,000-mile horse race across the Arabian desert. Toss in a bunch of conspiring competitors, a noble sheik (Omar Sharif), his lovely daughter (Zuleikha Robinson), and enough fast-paced danger to fill 133 minutes, and you've got a rousing, humorous, and lightly spiritual adventure that's a lot of fun to watch. It hardly matters that it's almost pure fiction (the real Hopkins was known by many as "a pathological liar"). More important is the love of movies and moviemaking that Johnston so delightfully conveys. --Jeff Shannon

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Hidalgo is the epic adventure that brings to life Frank T Hopkins, the greatest long distance rider ever, and his beloved mustang Hidalgo. With his glory days long past, Hopkins is invited to enter the Ocean of Fire, a death defying 3.000 mile race across the Srabian Desert. Pitted against the finest Arabian Horses and villainous competitors vowing victory at all costs. this race for extraordinary riches becomes a race for their lives.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
The only reason I found out about Hidalgo was because my family rented it from a small corner shop quite a while ago. It was supposed to be just be a popcorn flick that would entertain us one dull Friday evening in winter. So my expectations were not high, so I was totally amazed by this film. Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) and Omar Sheriff (Lawrence of Arabia) gave tremendous performances and really carried the film well. The action scenes were fun, exciting and graphic enough to keep us teenagers entertained. The storyline was simple yet clever at the same time, and the film was basically fantastic.

More than just a good popcorn flick, an excellent film that managed to become hugely successful without the help of all the marketing etc. that Hollywood feels is necessary for every one of their disappointing turn-outs. 'A splendid romp' Jonathan Ross put it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Lost The Race...But Won A Friend..." 24 Jan 2012

For such a huge production piece - Joe Johnston's expertly directed "Hidalgo" seems to have eluded everybody. A sort of "Little Big Man" meets "Lawrence Of Arabia" hybrid - it garnished favourable reviews on release in early 2004 and a cult following on DVD later that year. It was even name-checked in the back pages of Leonard Maltin's Annual Movie Guide as a 'favorite'.

Well - I'd argue that it's time to mount your saddlebags once again folks and get some serious hot sand on your laser beams - because "Hidalgo" has very definitely been given a whole new lease of life on this beautifully transferred 2008 BLU RAY reissue...

Loosely based on the life of Frank Thomas Hopkins (played by Viggo Mortensen) and his fast-and-strong horse - the Spanish Mustang "Hidalgo" - John Fusco's screenplay spruces up his tale of daring-do a great deal (to some controversy it has to be said). Frank is initially presented to us as a repeated long-distance race winner as well as a dispatch rider for the less-than-chivalrous US Cavalry. Born of a Native Indian mother and European-American father, they named their 'half caste' son "Blue Child". But at the beginning of the movie (and although he speaks their tongue and loves their way of life) - we find Frank rather shamefully hiding what's in his blood and heart.

Then after witnessing the appalling aftermath of Wounded Knee (a massacre of defenceless Lakota Sioux Indians in South Dakota) - we move forward in time to find Frank pasty-faced and broken. Riding around on his famous steed, he's acting out Cowboys and Indians games for boorish patrons in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good fun movie 12 Sep 2004
This film is rather good. The storyline is easy to follow and the plot is in the same place but you can't really change it in this movie.
Based on a true story, Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings) is a wild cowboy type of man who races in long distance horse races though the country. His horse, called Hidalgo, who is a mustang has great endurance and has led Frank to never loose a race in his life.
Frank is invited to race in The Ocean of Fire, a 3000 mile race across the Arabian Desert along with the Arabians best horse racers. They are vicious racers and are not afraid to cheat. Can Hidalgo and Frank outrun the other competitors? Or will they die of thirst by sizzling in the baking hot sun?
This is a good adventure with some great action scenes. You're into it after the first 5 minutes. An outstanding performance by Viggo Mortensen and a great performance by 2 time Golden Globe award winner, Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia). Also starring Said Taghmaoui (Three Kings).
It's something different to what you usually see. Overall a good film which will give you a fun two hours.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trial by Fire 13 Jan 2005
Traumatised by the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, Frank Hopkins becomes a show-rider, drowning his pain in alcohol. He is roused from his torpor by a challenge: to ride in the 'Oceans of Fire' race in Arabia. Surviving the desert is not his only trial: he is also tested by brigands, rivals and temptation. Will he regain his honour?

This film surprised and encouraged me. Contemporary heroes generally don't know the meaning of restraint: Mr Hopkins has that power. Hidalgo bucks the trend.

The story is reasonable, the action engaging, the casting excellent and the photography great.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great vistas but shallow on story 8 Dec 2004
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The horse is the best thing about Hidalgo, and while his lovable antics steal the screen in every scene he's in, one can't help feeling that the movie as a whole is really just a second rate Indiana Jones. The scenery is certainly spectacular, and the film, for the most part is beautifully photographed, but the plot is so thin and, at times, the pacing is so slow that Hidalgo is only mildly entertaining in fits and spurts. The bond between man and beast is pretty much at the heart of this exotic adventure, which is reportedly based on a true story. And a blonde, charismatic Viggo Mortensen is obviously having lots of fun as Frank Hopkins, the upstart, half Indian cowboy, who in 1890, triumphs in a dangerous horse race across Arabia.
The problem with Hidalgo is that the narrative is packed with such a large number of supporting Arabic characters that, at times, it's particularly hard to figure out who is who, and more importantly, who is fighting whom. Many of the subplots such as Hopkin's attempt to rescue the daughter of a wealthy sheik (Omar Sharif) from a competitor in the race, seem almost tacked on. And while the shootout between Hopkins and the bad guys is lots of fun, it's as though the director has shredded historical accuracy and inserted this gratuitous action scene just to stretch the movie's length.
The story begins with Hopkins and Hidalgo wasting away their days as distance riders in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Frank formerly served in the U.S. military, but after witnessing the massacre at Wounded Knee he leaves the service a broken man. An emissary of a Bedouin horse breeder sees the show and contests Mr. Hopkins' label as the world's greatest long-distance rider. A challenge is made for the Oceans of Fire race across 3,000 miles of Arabian territory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic film! I enjoyed every minute of the journey!
Published 8 days ago by samwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed but little character development
Hidalgo was one of Viggo Mortensen's first films following the successful Lord of the Rings trilogy. Here he stars as Frank T. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film
I loved the VHS and am so pleased with the DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Jenny F L
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
yep, it's a movie
Published 1 month ago by Robert Plotzke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 1 month ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite movie of all time
If there was a fire in my house and I had time to save just one Bluray disc from my collection - this would be it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by HarryWales
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great film and Viggo Mortensen plays a brilliant part in it
What a wonderful story and what a brilliant horse
I could watch it over and over
Published 5 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Really think this is one of the great entertainment films. Sent it to my neice and she and her children loved it. Arrived very promptly. All good
Published 6 months ago by Ms H E Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars Only For Fans and Horse Lovers
Whilst I have enjoyed much of the work of Viggo Mortensen, this story left me rather bored. In my opinion, this movie is really only for die hard fans.
Published 6 months ago by Fleur
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I loved this movie. It is such a very touching film. I love true stories of people who are like Tom Hopkins who used his money for good. I give this movie a 10.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy
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