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Hidalgo 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...HidalgoDramaPT136MPG-13 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...2004-08-06Zuleikha RobinsonOmar SharifJ.K. SimmonsZuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, J.K. SimmonsTouchstone Pictures
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Hidalgo

Genre: Drama; Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, J.K. Simmons; Director: Joe Johnston; Author: John Fusco; Release Date Wide: 03/05/2004; Runtime (in minutes): 136; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

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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