Viggo Mortensen
Director: Joe Johnston Cast: Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
, Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
, Louise Lombard
Louise Lombard
Joe Johnston

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Joe Johnston's adventure film Hidalgo arrives on DVD with a sharp widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. French and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded as well. This THX-certified disc does a superb job of capturing the original theatrical experience of the film. Supplemental materials include a nine-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that touches on aspects of production as well as the history of the real people and events depicted in the film. A more extensive featurette on the stallions is available for those with PCs that have DVD-ROM drives. Trailers for a handful of other releases round out this first-rate title from Touchstone.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
UPC: 0786936228120
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 4,681

Special Features

"Sand & Celluloid" making-of featurette: A behind-the-scenes look at the special effects and the adventure of making Hidalgo; "America's First Horse" enhanced computer feature: Venture beyond the movie to the incredible story of Hidalgo's ancestors, the Spanish Mustangs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Viggo Mortensen Frank T. Hopkins
Omar Sharif Sheikh Riyadh
Louise Lombard Lady Anne Davenport
Saïd Taghmaoui Prince Bin al Reeh
Peter Mensah Jaffa
Malcolm McDowell Actor
J.K. Simmons Buffalo Bill Cody
Zuleikha Robinson Jazira
Adam Alexi-Malle Aziz
Silas Carson Katib
Adoni Maropis Sakr
Harsh Nayyar Yusef
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman Chief Eagle Horn
Elizabeth Berridge Annie Oakley
Victor Talmadge Rau Rasmussen
Frank Collison Texas Jack
Jerry Hardin Nate Salisbury
C. Thomas Howell Preston Webb
David Midthunder Black Coyote
Sven Ole Thorsen Actor

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director
Nate Bruckner Associate Producer
Patricia Carr Co-producer
Kevin Constant Art Director
Robert Dalva Editor
Mary H. Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
William M. Elvin Asst. Director
Nancy Foy Casting
John Fusco Screenwriter
Julie Hanks Associate Producer
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Shelly Johnson Cinematographer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Luigi Quintili Art Director
Barry Robison Production Designer
Chris Salvaterra Associate Producer
Casey Silver Producer
Don Zepfel Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening/Teaching Respect [3:59]
2. Wounded Knee Creek [4:07]
3. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show [4:59]
4. An Invitation Accepted [10:49]
5. Arrival in a Strange World [7:06]
6. The Sheikh of Sheikhs [8:24]
7. The Journey Begins [2:43]
8. Sandstorm [1:00]
9. Jazira's Visit [7:42]
10. Raid and Abduction [3:42]
11. Rescue [4:03]
12. A Daughter Returned [8:03]
13. The Race Continues [5:35]
14. Treachery [8:14]
15. Prayer to the Ancestors [3:13]
16. To the Sea [6:44]
17. Friends [4:23]
18. Paid in Full/End Credits [6:25]

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Hidalgo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was okay. The setting was interesting. The horse was also good.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie because it allowed you to truly connect with it. There was an emotional base that was a joy to connect with. The story was fantastic and the way that the movie was made only highlighted the beautiful relationship between a man and his horse!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After forcing spouses to watch chick flicks, every now and then we must endure a guy flick. Hidalgo is a great movie to start with. Its a movie the chicks and the guys can enjoy together. The movie was awesome. Even though I saw know need for all the drinking Mortensen makes you believe he and his mustang can ride with the best of them. The rescue scene's were great. And what would a guy flick be with out some woman that thinks she can mess with his mind. Louise Lombard's character added to culture and setting of the movie. I would recommend this movie and watch it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No offense, but I was really bored with this movie. I mean, I liked the plot but it wasn't exiting enough. But that's just me. Try it if you want to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love this heroic tale as much as we did, then grab a copy of the new book by the same title: 'Hidalgo: The Desert Diaries.' This remarkable little book, packed with top quality color photos, complements everything seen on the Big Screen--- it gives the reader all the dramatic details and strategies for survival, as a young couple rides their four mustangs across the longest, driest desert on earth. This true story, told in vivid day-to-day journal form, proves beyond doubt that such an adventure is indeed possible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hidalgo is just a wonderful movie. The first part - prior to the race - runs a little long. However, all these first scenes set up the character so we understand him and his transformation in the second half. This movie has it all - humor, glimpses of romance and lust, action, fist fights, laying in wait conspiracies, and best of all - fabulous action photos of stunningly beautiful horses racing over thrilling landscapes. Viggo Mortenson is perfect as Frank Hopkins. Hopkins goes through all the emotions - joy, friendship, despair and redemption. It is also fun to watch him mete out a little "cowboy justice." This movie is especially engrossing on a big screen TV. Just great!
catsandcoffee More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure who the bigger star is in this movie-Mortensen or the horse! Either way, Hidalgo is an amazing movie about an American cowboy and unnervingly intelligent horse who travel to the Middle East to compete in one of the world's greatest horseraces. This film should have you laughing, biting your nails, and cheering. While this is one of the best horse movies in a very long time, the sub-plots are equally engaging and touching. Omar Sharif is brilliant as usual as the sheik who challenges Mortensen's character to the race. A quick heads up for parents with younger or more sensitive kids, there are a few pretty graphic moments in this film when horses die that were disturbing even to me as an adult. Otherwise, wonderful family film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hidalgo is a really great movie. It has lots of action in it and the desert storm scenes are really cool. Not to mention Viggo Mortenson's in it! :) He rocks!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really did like this movie! It's really cool about how they show Franks life, who he was and everything. The drinking was bad, but it was kinda the same in Seabiscuit with Red Pauler, so I can't really count down on that. I really loved the ending when Frank let Hidalgo go, with tears in his eyes and said, " Let er budge, " and watched Hidalgo gallop away with the other wild mustangs. This movie was totally awsome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie itself was pretty well written. Although I didn't care for how Hopkins had to drink, the alcohol never really affected him in anyways, which is unrealistic, but didn't take away from the story line. The ending was rather unemotional, but watching it with a mixed group of guys and girls, it was probably better that it wasn't. Altogether, it was a great movie of perserverance and determination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its extremly slow and has a lame plot. i love horses and when i heard about Hidalgo, i wanted to see it really badly, hoping it would be just as great as 'Seabicuit'. when i saw it with my family i was so disappointed. 'Seabiscuit', i believe is the greatest horse movie, by far way better than this. this movie's politically-correct beginning, with the 'white men fighting Indian' stuff had really sounded dumb. Viggo Mortenson had been really good in 'The Lord Of The Rings' trilogy but he completely gives an embarrassing name for himself here, playing a half-Indian Frank T. Hopkins (who wasn't ever a half-Indian in real life) who believes in the Indian 'Great Spirit' spiritual stuff and speaks Indian, likes an ugly Arabian girl who's the daughter of a shiekh, and all that. i've read history alot, both of America and foreign countries. in reality a a muslim (especially a shiekh) wouldn't ever let *any* man around his closely veiled daughter (in the movie the girl's veil was falling off and her face was exposed alot, even in public and especially at the end) or let him touch her. if a man did, both were instantly tortured before being immediately put to death, a fantastic show for the audience. further, a shiekh never touched anyone, since it would take his ability to 'foreshadow the future'. this was accurately done in the movie, but at the end the shiekh shook Viggo's character anyway! the plot of the story is mediocre, and it doesn't focus on the horse alot and its so slow (except for the sand- storm part) that it makes you want to sleep during the film. this movie deserves a one star rating, despite it's flashy video cover and the reviews of the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hidalgo was sometimes slow, but it was very good. My favorite scene was definitely the final stretch, which was very exciting and superbly done. The music (I own the soundtrack) is very uplifting. Another good scene is the first long distance race we see Frank win, also accompanied by a fantastic score. Viggo Mortenson and the woman who plays the Lady Davenport are excellent actors. Mortenson was perfectly cast and the Lady Davenport has that cool air about her essential to the character. Some of the shots of the Arabian landscape are breathtaking, especially those of the sun setting, and the ocean towards the end.
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This was absolutely THE VERY BEST horse movie in YEARS!! Has you 'right in the saddle' as they're racing! WATCH THIS MOVIE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie started off very badly. Over 100 indians were shot, then Frank started drinking, then he turned really rough. The rest of the movie had a lame plot and had a lot of killing, however, not really any blood and guts, just killing. The race part of the movie was basically very depressing and you watched Frank and Hidalgo torture thenselves with their heat and thirst. Then Hidalgo almost died of dehydration and Frank put a gun to Hidalgo, but instead his attention was diverted, causing nothing to happen to Hidalgo. Hidalgo regained strength and carried on. In the end, Frank let Hidalgo go with the other wild horses. He showned no emotion which totally bugs me. Imagine, being with a horse for many many years and enduring the hardest conditions in your life with him, then letting him go without a big good-bye ceremony or a thank you or anything. Frank just kinda took the saddle off and harness off and Hidalgo left. No emotion shown. Maybe it's just me, but that is totally depressing. PLEASE E-mail me and tell me if i am totally wrong.
Marko66 More than 1 year ago
If this were not presented as a "true story", I'd rate it differently. Frank Hopkins, born in the late 1870s - early 1880s (depending on how he felt when he filled out his draft registration cards in 1918 and 1942), was a liar and a fraud. (do a little Internet research to flesh this claim out) This is a classic example of a pre-Internet "viral rumor" that was started by his written "recollections" and folks wanting to believe a fascinating story. Disney - which was warned in advance regarding this hoax - should be ashamed.