Hidalgo is a 2004 epic biographical western film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo. It recounts Hopkins' racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouins riding pure-blooded Arabian horses. The movie was written by John Fusco and directed by Joe Johnston. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, and Omar Sharif.
In 1890, Frank T. Hopkins and his mustang, Hidalgo, are part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, where they are advertised as "the world's greatest endurance horse and rider." Hopkins had been a famous long-distance rider, a cowboy, and a dispatch rider for the United States government; in the latter capacity he carried a message to the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment authorizing the Wounded Knee Massacre of Lakota Sioux. Hopkins was filled with regret and shame following the massacre and he falls into an alcoholic depression.
|events||horse horse racing|
|genre||action adventure drama western|
|keywords||7th cavalry regiment al khamsa ambush arab arabian horse bedouin breed buffalo bill dying of thirst end european american guard half-breed help hide horse breeder infidel injured lakota sioux najd nothing rid sartorial hijab sheikh shoot steal suffer survive u.s. 7th cavalry regiment veil wakan tanka wild horse wild mustang wild west wild west show win wounded knee massacre|
|musicBy||James Newton Howard|
|productionCompany||Casey Silver Touchstone Pictures|
|publisher||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|theme||action drama biographical drama sports|