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Hidalgo

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Source: Catholic News Service

Fact-based crowd-pleaser set in the late 19th century about a guilt-ridden cowboy (Viggo Mortensen) who enters a grueling 3,000-mile race across the Arabian Desert, during which he and his little-horse-that-could, Hidalgo, must endure sandstorms, brain-baking heat and desert raiders. Part old-fashioned boys' adventure yarn, part redemption parable, director Joe Johnston's film weds sweeping visuals and a strong narrative to craft a winning tale of friendship, fate, forgiveness and the indomitable spirit of man. Recurring adventure violence and some mild sexual innuendo. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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