Despite being a very enjoyable rip-snortin underdog story seemingly ripped from the Golden Age of Hollywood, “Hidalgo” could be the poster child for films based on gigantic lies.
The half Native-American Frank Hopkins is slumming it at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with his faithful horse Hidalgo, when he is approached to compete in the legendary Arabian horse race, the Ocean of Fire, which spans 3,000 miles across a desert, if Hopkins wants to keep the title of "the world's greatest distance horse and rider". Hopkins begrudgingly accepts and enters the competition despite the fact that he may not survive it.
Factually speaking, only two things are true to real life in that summary. There was a man named…