Sunday, March 27, 2011

Horse Movie reviews: Hidalgo (2004)

Horse Movie Review #2:
Hidalgo (2004)
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson and Omar Sharif.
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, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time.
During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry--and was once called the greatest rider the West had ever known.
The Sheik puts this claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horse and riders; some of who are determined to prevent a 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 attempt the impossible.
Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo. Run time is 136 minutes.

This is one of those movies where you will laugh, and you will cry! It is so good and amazing! The ending is a real tear jerker, but again, because I hate sad endings I’ll tell you this, Hidalgo lives.

I always smile when I hear Frank say this quote,
“Mister... you can say anything you want about me. I'm gonna have to ask you not to talk about my horse that way.”

Fun Trivia:
Viggo Mortensen purchased one of the horses who played Hidalgo after this film was completed.

The final horse scene was filmed in Browning, Montana. 550 different horses were used in that scene. All the horses came from different owners, so to tell them apart, their hooves were branded.

Five American Paint Horse Association registered Paint Horses played the role of Hidalgo.

Your Country Rose,
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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