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Sahara

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Plot

Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a UN doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.9/10 (42,120 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director:
Breck Eisner

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn

Storyline
Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries.

Writers: Clive Cussler, Thomas Dean Donnelly

Cast:

Matthew McConaughey

Dirk Pitt


Steve Zahn

Al Giordino


Penélope Cruz

Eva Rojas


William H. Macy

Admiral Jim Sandecker


Rainn Wilson

Rudi Gunn


Delroy Lindo

Carl


Lambert Wilson

Yves Massarde


Lennie James

General Zateb Kazim


Robert Cavanah

Captain Tombs


Jude Akuwudike

Imam


Mark Aspinall

Lawyer


Rakie Ayola

Mrs. Nwokolo


Christopher Bello

Train Driver


Nicholas Beveney

Gunboat 1 Officer


Empotoe Bosage

Pick Up Truck Guard

Taglines:
Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name.



Details

Official Website:
Official site [Germany] |
Official site [Russia] |

Release Date: 8 April 2005

Filming Locations: Delta del Ebro, Tarragona, Cataluña, Spain



Box Office Details

Budget: $130,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,068,372
(USA)
(10 April 2005)
(3154 Screens)

Gross: $68,642,452
(USA)
(31 July 2005)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The cast had camel-riding lessons during which they would have to ride the camel at full gallop for 90 minutes alongside a moving train.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
Eva catches herself after slipping during the well-descent. In the next shot, she is seen gripping two handles inside the well to steady herself.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Sailor Who Drops Gold:
Sorry, captain.

Pilot, Ironclad:
It's all right son, just keep moving. That's the future in your hands.



User Review

A fun time for all

Rating: 8/10


I'm extremely perplexed at the lukewarm and especially the bad reviews
this one is getting from the professional critics, because my husband
and I both found it a very enjoyable romp. Yes, you have to suspend
your disbelief during some of the action sequences, but I don't
remember people complaining about the lack of realism in the Indy Jones
or "Romancing the Stone" series. The dialogue (especially the buddy
banter and William H. Macy's character) is amusing, the plot easy to
follow despite its complexities, and the action virtually nonstop. I
also found it refreshing for the sidekick to look like a doofus, but
actually more than hold his own during crunch time.

I can only assume the negative reactions are from fans of the book (I
have never read any Clive Custler, so it may well depart from it in
tone or otherwise.) But judged solely on its merits as a light-hearted
adventure movie, it more than met my expectations.