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Hidalgo

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Hidalgo

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
136 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/05/04
performer:
Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, J.K. Simmons
director:
Joe Johnston
distributor:
Touchstone Pictures
author:
John Fusco
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

All the horsemanship Viggo Mortensen picked up as Aragorn in the ”Lord of the Rings” trilogy clearly paid off. Here, he’s back in the saddle as Frank T. Hopkins, a down-and-out cowboy enticed into entering the ”Ocean of Fire,” a treacherous 3,000-mile race across the Arabian Desert, by Sheikh Riyadh (played with the usual panache by Sharif) for a $100,000 prize. If only it were that easy. Instead, Hopkins and the equine of the movie’s title battle sandstorms, conniving competitors, and even a cheetah before crossing the finish line. Director Joe Johnston doesn’t let the CGI effects overwhelm either the action or Mortensen’s aw-shucks performance, and no steed has displayed this much star presence since Mr. Ed.

EXTRAS Plenty of horsing around on the ”Sand & Celluloid” featurette, which includes a how-to on creating edible locusts. But while Viggo’s strong and serene disposition may work on the big screen, it renders him apathetic during the interviews.

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