Hidalgo – Edited
Cowboy Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) and his mustang, Hidalgo, became legends in the 1880s when they thundered across the Great Plains winning more than 400 endurance races. This epic action–adventure is loosely based on their greatest race, the Ocean of Fire. A wealthy sheik (Omar Sharif) sees Hopkins riding Hidalgo in the Wild West Show and persuades him to enter a thousand-year-old, 3,000-mile survival race across the brutal terrain of the Arabian Desert. Hopkins becomes the first Westerner to compete in this extremely dangerous, and often deadly, contest. He is resented by the Arabian racers, who offer him money to quit, tell him he has no chance to win, and even make several attempts on his life. Hopkins finds himself alone in the desert trying to figure out who he is and what it will take to survive.
Based on a real story, “Hidalgo” was a very intriguing movie. This version has edited out the offensive language, and while there is some on-screen violence the most gory killings have been removed. Although Frank is shown to drink to try and forget his past, the use of alcohol is not glorified. With some words of advice from his Arab companion, he realizes that he must be true to himself in order to win this race. “Hidalgo” teaches us that no matter how we try to forget our heritage, and the beliefs we were brought up with, sometimes those are the things that come back to us to help us through difficult situations and can help us find ourselves.