#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire–a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert–was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry–and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world’s greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders–some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible.
Plot: Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world…
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More than action – a message!
Reading one of the commentaries about this movie urged me to write one of my own. It does seem to me, today, that a movie needs to be ridiculously full of stunts and action sequences (and blood, violence etc) to be considered worth while by the rank and file who are watching. How sad is that? I guess I am in the minority, but I want more to a movie than special effects.
I had wanted to see this movie from the start, but was never able to get to the theater, so I got it the minute it came out on DVD. I know it was supposed to be a “True Story” but as is I would doubt it – too Hollywood. But hey, the long and short of it is . . . Viggo. Horses. I am so there. Who cares if it did not really happen this way?
Anyway, now that I have seen it, I can’t say I was disappointed at all. I was raised in a scouting family that was very involved in “Indian Lore” and the chants brought back memories. I think Native American history is complex and interesting, and we can still learn from the mistakes made on both sides. And Native Lore is ingrained in the message this movie had to tell.
EVERY movie lately seems to be overcoming obstacles and winning even when you had no chance . . . you can’t sit through a day of the Disney Channel without getting that drummed into you! But this was different.
Frank T Hopkins was what was then called a “half breed”, but he passed as white, and not wanting to deal with his race, he hid it (except for speaking the language, which I assumed many white men who were close to the land could do). Although he tried to deny it, his bloodlines brought him back to it time and again. Although being in the race had nothing to do with being a “half breed” on the surface, it was all about it in the end. Hidalgo was an “Indian pony” – a breed that was facing extinction. The horse was constantly being put down by both the whites and the Arabs. While defending the horse constantly, Hopkins yet shunned his own heritage and culture, and only when he accepted it did he win the race. And yet he should have known it all along, since the horse, the symbol of that heritage, was his most prized friend.
I got my back up a little when I read that someone thought the movie was was “moralistic” until they finally got to the action. Gee, aren’t movies supposed to be moralistic? Should we not learn from our entertainment, or is it just mindless slaughter and CGI? It was like, yeah yeah, forget the plot, let’s see some action.
Action is fine, but I liked all the little coincidences, symbolisms and tie-ins to other characters. The tie-in to Jazia (the sheik’s daughter) wearing a veil over her head was perfect. They were both less in the eyes of white men, but in reality they were fine for what they were. They just had to accept it. The symbol of the natives, a necklace given to him by a chief friend, became his symbol as well, when his servant mistakenly used it for their flag. In the end it was no mistake at all.
Yes, it was the typical Disney underdog wins, but there was something extra to it. At least to me, and I am not sorry to say I still watch movies for the message, not the phony thrills.
Spectacular movie with exciting adventures and wonderful Oriental outdoors
The picture talks upon Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) a real cowboy who participated with his horse called ¨Hidalgo¨ in an extraordinary racehorse : ¨ Oceans of fire¨, a 3.000 mile survival race across the risky Arabian desert . He’ll take on ominous Arab riders and many dangers . The confrontation will be terrible and he’ll face off imposing winds , locust plague , quicksands… though he’ll love an Arab princess (Zuleikha Robinson) , Sheik’s daughter (Omar Shariff) too . The film is based on historic deeds and famous people , thus : the ¨Wounded Knee slaughter¨ (1890) ; besides , there appears : Buffalo Bill Cody (J.K.Simmons) , Annie Oakley (Elizabeth Berridge) and Indian chiefs: Eagle Horn (Floyd Red Crow Westerman) , Sitting Bull , Crazy Horse and Big Foot . The final duel amongst the horsemen is breathtaking and overwhelming .
This moving motion picture blends adventures , action , a love story , emotions and results to be pretty amusing . From the beginning to end the adventure-action is unstoppable , it’s fast moving and for that reason packs a lot of entertainment . The final horse scene was filmed in Browning, Montana , 550 different horses were used in that scene , the horses all came from different owners, so to tell them apart, their hooves were branded . Sets and production design are spellbinding and the Oriental landscapes are mesmerizing . Special effects (FX) by Industrial Light and Magic ILM (George Lucas’s ownership) are top-notch , as especially the impressive digital storm . The movie was well directed by Joe Johnston , including Shelly Johnson’s riveting cinematography and James Newton Howard’s fascinating musical score . The film obtained success at box office around the world and United States was number one . The flick will appeal to Oriental adventure enthusiasts and Viggo Mortensen fans . Rating : Very good , well worth watching .
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Sport, Western
Director Joe Johnston
Writer John Fusco
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard
Country USA, Morocco
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations.
Production Company Touchstone Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Hidalgo Productions
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435 ES, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (bleach-bypass scenes), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 3,738 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Eastman EXR 100T 5248, Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)