Wednesday, December 5, 2007


A True Story
If you are a fan of the classic action/adventure movie, then Hidalgo is the movie for you! It is a great movie filled with action, adventure, and a little romance as you follow the true story of Frank Hopkins and his legendary horse, Hidalgo. The director was John Johnston and was written by John Fusco.

A Race Against Time
Based on a true story from 1890, American cowboy Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen-Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy) is the first outsider or infidel to be invited by a wealthy Sheik (Omar Sharif) and his beautiful daughter, Jazira (Zuleikha Robinson) to race in the greatest long-distance horse race ever run. Hopkins was once a dispatch rider for the U.S. Cavalry and is known as the greatest long-distance rider in the West. While Hopkins is working in the Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, the Sheik's emissary challenges him to enter the race, which he accepts. This race has been held every year for the last thousand years, and has only been open to the purest line of Arabian horses ever bred. Hopkins' horse, Hidalgo, a small mixed-breed mustang, was regarded as impure, and therefore shouldn't be in the race with purebred Arabian stallions. The `Ocean of Fire' race is a grueling 3,000-mile survival horse race across the Arabian Desert with the winner receiving $100,000 as prize money and the honor of being the best in the world. The 100-entry race is a battle of endurance and survival and only a few make it to the finish line, alive.

The Cast
The cast of Hildago includes Malcolm McDowell, Louise Lombard, J.K. Simmons, C. Thomas Howell, and Peter Mensah. The cast really does a great job portraying the Arabian characters as well as English men.

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