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Still shot from the movie: Hidalgo.


Controversy swarms around the movie Hidalgo like a pesky horsefly on a hot afternoon. Was Frank T. Hopkins really who he claimed to be or merely a man who could tell a good story? Is there any authenticity to his claims and if so, where is it? Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 136
Theater Release: 05 Mar 2004
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How did the soldiers’ misinterpretation of the Ghost Dance lead to trouble? Can a lack of knowledge or understanding about another culture or ethnic group cause problems today?

The Sheikh was offended by the “World’s Greatest Endurance Rider” designation. How can these kinds of “titles” alienate people from one another? Is there any way to really prove such a claim?

How did newspapers and novels depict life in the Wild West to people in the Eastern United States and other countries? Was it an accurate description? Are the newspaper articles and Wild West shows of that time comparable with any types of media stories today?

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