Sunday, January 26, 2020

Movie Review: Hidalgo (2004)


Hidalgo is the story of Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen), a celebrated horseback rider who is working for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1890—and haunted by the memories of what he witnessed at Wounded Knee when he was working for the U.S. Army.  A sheik, insulted that Hopkins is advertised as the world's greatest horseman, invites Hopkins and his remarkable horse Hidalgo to prove it by participating in the Ocean of Fire, a three-thousand-mile race that few can endure, let alone hope to win.  Hidalgo is a mustang and will be pitted against the finest of purebred Arabian horses. Hopkins accepts the challenge.

This movie is so exciting, high drama, high adventure and a little romance as well.  It is chock full of good people doing good, bad people being bad, good people sometimes doing bad and once in a while bad people doing something good.

I love that Omar Sharif is the sheik in the movie.

Men, women, girls and boys . . . everyone should love this movie . . .

The ending is very heartwarming and a little cheesy, but isn't that a great way to end a larger than life movie?

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