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Hidalgo Details


Actor Viggo Mortensen made his first starring appearance in a film after his breakthrough performance in the Viggo Mortensen trilogy with this period adventure. Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen) is a U.S. Cavalry officer who earned a reputation as one of the fastest and most daring riders in the West; however, after taking part in the bloody massacre at Wounded Knee, Hopkins becomes disenchanted with the Cavalry, and once his hitch is up, he takes a job as a rider with a seedy touring Wild West show. During an engagement in New York, Hopkins meets Aziz (Adam Alexi-Malle), an associate of wealthy Bedouin Sheikh Riyadh (Omar Sharif), who knows of Hopkins' talents and wants him to take part in "The Ocean of Fire," an annual 3,000-mile desert horse race running from Arabia to Iraq. Hopkins accepts the invitation and sails to the Middle East with his trusty mustang Hidalgo without knowing just what he's getting himself into. Once he arrives, Hopkins learns that the punishing race course claims the lives of nearly half its contestants, and that most of his competitors ride pure-bred Arabian stallions and do not regard Hidalgo and his master as worthy adversaries. Temporarily exiled to a land where freedom eludes the multitudes and class and wealth define one's fate, Hopkins finds himself riding for both honor and principle, with the support of Riyadh and his beautiful, headstrong daughter, Jazira (Zuleikha Robinson), though the Sheikh's nephew Katib (Silas Carson) is equally determined to see Hopkins go down in defeat. Hidalgo was directed by Joe Johnston, who previously worked with animals on the run in Joe Johnston and Joe Johnston. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 5, 2004


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


Joe Johnston
Casey Silver
John Fusco
Shelly Johnson
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Dalva
Barry Robison
Production Designer
Aurelio Crugnola
Supervising Art Director
Luigi Quintili
Art Director
Kevin Constant
Art Director
Troy Sizemore
Supervising Art Director
Patricia Carr
Nate Bruckner
Associate Producer
Chris Salvaterra
Associate Producer
Julie Hanks
Associate Producer
Don Zepfel
Executive Producer
Josh Lusby
Set Designer
Gregory Scott Hooper
Set Designer
Jeffrey Kurland
Costume Designer
William M. Elvin
First Assistant Director
Nancy Foy
Kevin McKnight
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Alexander Witt
Second Unit Director
Ginger Theisen
Visual Effects Producer
Pat Romano
Stunts Coordinator
Howell Gibbens
Supervising Sound Editor