Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise
Lombard, Said Taghmaoui
Written by: John Fusco
Produced by: Casey Silver
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
05 MARCH 2004
UK: 16 APRIL 2004
on the true story of the greatest long-distance horse
race ever run, "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, a wealthy Sheik invited an American and his
horse to enter the race for the first time. Frank T.
Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) was a cowboy and dispatch
rider for the US cavalry who had once been billed as
the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik
(Omar Sharif) 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
next Seabiscuit? Horses are in! And when haven't they
been in, in the movies? Sounds a truly inspiring tale.
with all this sand I'm feeling a little horse!"