Reputed to be one of the best horsemen in the western U.S., Frank Hopkins is invited by an affluent sheik to join a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian Desert. With his honor, and that of his horse Hidalgo, called into question, Frank makes the journey to compete. He finds a strange new world with many of the same problems.
Viggo Mortensen (Frank), Zuleikha Robinson (Jazira), Omar Sharif (Sheikh), Louise Lombard (Anne), Adam Alexi-Malle (Aziz), Said Taghmaoui (Prince), Silas Carson (Katib), Harsh Nayyar (Yusef), J.K. Simmons (Buffalo Bill Cody), Adoni Maropis (Sakr), Peter Mensah (Jaffa).
Hidalgo starts off looking like something of a cookie-cutter cowboy and Indian western, with the oppression of Indians an apparent focus. After a short time Frank is invited to compete in a race and things get more interesting as he travels across the ocean. Now in a foreign land, we and Frank find that although the customs and people may look different, humanity is much the same. With plenty of action and drama, Hidalgo is quite an entertaining film that might even bring a tear to your eye.
Acting was decent in this one with Mortensen actually doing a decent job as a cowboy. Sharif did a great job as the Sheikh, handling the role well. Lombard was interesting in a role that was somewhat underplayed considering it was key to the film. Robinson and the remainder of the cast were solid and did a nice job each.
Camera work was good in this one with nice use of color and lighting. Sets and backgrounds were very realistic feeling and nicely done with enjoyable natural scenery. Physical effects and stunt work in Hidalgo were well done and fairly realistic. CGI was minimal and used only to support the story rather than dominate the film. Dialogue was good though for many, subtitles will be your friend. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall Hidalgo was a well done and enjoyable action adventure flick with a nice western theme. Fans of either genre, or dramas, will likely enjoy this one quite a bit.
With some violence and mild sexual innuendo, this should be fine for teens and above.
Hidalgo is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
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