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At Theaters: 3/5/2004 On Video: 8/3/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 13 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429926
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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Based on the life of Frank T. Hopkins, his legend comes to life when one of the greatest riders the American west has ever known is pitted against the world’s finest Arabian horses and racers.
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Action Adventure - It's sort of a western, but it's more of a horse race movie. If you don't enjoy westerns then you may not enjoy "Hidalgo." It's generally a fun movie with quite a bit of humor everyone should enjoy, but its got some serious scenes and there's quite a bit of killing.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Viggo Mortensen LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
Omar Sharif THE 13TH WARRIOR
Director: Joe Johnston JURASSIC PARK III, OCTOBER SKY
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PROFANITY: Just 7 mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: One mildly sexual scene.
VIOLENCE: A few scenes of cold-blooded killing. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking in a saloon and main character is a drunk at first.
ACTION: Lots of cross country horse racing action.
COMEDY: A couple dozen chuckles and a dozen or so smiles.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average ...a sporadically entertaining adventure movie that is hampered by poor pacing, a badly focused screenplay, and cheesy special effects. It would be unfair to completely dismiss Hidalgo because, in spite of its flaws - some of which are painfully evident - it nevertheless retains the capacity to engross and inspire.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good "Hidalgo" is the kind of movie Hollywood has almost become too jaundiced to make anymore. Bold, exuberant and swashbuckling, it has the purity and simplicity of something Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn might have bounded through. Whether you like movies like this, only you can say. But if you do not have some secret place in your soul that still responds even a little to brave cowboys, beautiful princesses and noble horses, then you are way too grown up and need to cut back on cable news.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 270 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
16
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
10
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
27
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
25
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
29
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
77
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
86
Very High
100%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 270 moviegoer opinions. Very impressive opinions! "Hidalgo" will be a contender for the top ten of 2004. With two-thirds of the moviegoers rating it either "Fantastic" or "Excellent" and most of the remaining third rating it "Very Good," and no one rating it low, "Hidalgo" is a movie not to be missed! And to enjoy it the most it should be seen on the big screen. So take the whole family (older kids) to see "Hidalgo."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Onetime cowboy Frank T. Hopkins (VIGGO MORTENSEN) was once billed as a living legend, but in fact the glory days for Hopkins and his beloved horse, a mustang named Hidalgo, are long past. Outcasts from their own land, Frank and Hidalgo both have something to prove when Hopkins became the first American invited to enter the Ocean of Fire, a grueling 3,000-mile survival race across punishing terrain of the Arabian Desert. With his competitors vowing victory, the race becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a fight for survival as they attempt the impossible.
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