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USA: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard, Adam Alexi-Malle, Said Taghmaoui, Silas Carson, Harsh Nayyar, J K Simmons, Adoni Maropis, Victor Talmadge, Peter Mensah, Joshua Wolf Coleman, Franky Mwang, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, Elizabeth Berridge, C Thomas Howell, Stevan Rimkus, Jerry Hardin, Frank Collison, Chris Owen, Marshall Manesh, Philip Sounding Sides, George Gerdes, Todd Kimsey, Ed Nah New Rider Weber, Adam Ozturk, John Prosky, Michael Canavan, David Midthunder, Lee Trotter, Dave Florek, Jeff Kober, Sam Sako, Te'Amir Sweeney, Jake Miller, Mary Ellis, Clement Richards, Kimberly Norris Guerrero, Zachary Badasci
Director: Joe Johnston
UK: 136 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence
USA Release Date: 5 March 2004
UK Release Date: 16 April 2004
Based on the autobiography of distance rider Frank T Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen), HIDALGO is an epic action-adventure and one man's journey of personal redemption.
Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire-a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian Desert-was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, an American, Hopkins, and his horse were invited to enter the race for the first time.
Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry who had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The race would put this claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders-some of whom were determined to prevent the foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse, Hidalgo, attempt the impossible.