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Sahara (2005)

Director: Breck Eisner     Starring: Penélope Cruz Matthew McConaughey
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40718376
UPC: 097363418146
UPC 14: 00097363418146
Rating: Game Rating Code
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In the scorching desert, dirk pitt uncovers the truth behind his lifelong quest - the fate of a civil war ironclad. Now, amidst the blazing, shifting sands of the sahara, dirk pitt will make a desperate stand - in a battle the world cannot afford to lose!

" and casual, full of genuine laughs and thrills.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sahara is a cross between a Bond movie and an Indiana Jones adventure...  Philip French, Guardian
"The casting is so strong and the overall filmmaking flair of the movie is so works.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's Note
Dirk (Matthew McConaughey) and Al (Steve Zahn) have been friends since kindergarten, having also gone through college and the Navy together. The two now work for a former admiral traveling around the world and salvaging treasures from the sea with the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). In his spare time, Dirk is obsessed with the 150-year-old mystery of the Texas, an Ironclad battleship that reportedly disappeared from Richmond, Virginia during a Civil War battle and turned up in Africa. When a Confederate coin--allegedly one of only five minted--surfaces in Mali, Dirk and Al plan to travel there from Lagos, Nigeria on the admiral's yacht to investigate. Meanwhile, in Lagos, Dirk meets Eva (Penelope Cruz), a doctor for the World Health Organization (WHO) who believes that there is a plague building in Mali. Since the WHO is unable to find another way into the war-torn country, Dirk and Al give Eva and her colleague a lift up the river. Once in Mali, Dirk, Al, and Eva quickly find themselves embroiled in trouble as she pursues the source of the disease. Meanwhile, Dirk and Al search for the Texas.

Based on a novel by Clive Cussler, SAHARA is a rollicking thrill ride through exotic locales, including everything from high-speed boat chases to helicopter pursuits to jeeps racing through the desert to camel rides. A warlord and a greedy French businessman prove to be formidable villains for the trio. McConaughey fits the bill as gentleman and adventurer Dirk, while Zahn holds his own as likeable sidekick Al. Cruz is feisty as independent Eva. Director Breck Eisner's theatrical feature film debut also features William H. Macy as the admiral.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/17/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 341814
Video UPC UPC: 00097363418146
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Matthew McConaughey
Video Cast Info Penelop Cruz
Video Cast Info Steve Zahn
Video Cast Info William H. Macy
Video Cast Info Allen Cameron - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Andrew MacRitchie - Editor
Video Cast Info Breck Eisner - Director
Video Cast Info Clint Mansell - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Clive Cussler - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Thomas Dean Donnelly - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Amid its madcap derring-do, the movie inserts clear, simple alarms about environmental protection, African despotism, global interdependence and bureaucratic cowardice." 04/08/2005 p.E13

Chicago Sun-Times
"[With] entertaining action sequences. Dirk, Eva and Al have an amazing series of close calls in the desert..." 04/08/2005 p.28

"[A]s the breathtaking scenery does its work, you're irresistibly entertained..." 05/01/2005 p.134

Sight and Sound
"Matthew McConaughey is a charismatic lead. His double-act with Steve Zahn's sidekick Al is nicely droll..." 06/01/2005 p.71-72

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
Sahara takes the action/adventure story to new heights of preposterousness. In a way, that's not a bad thing, since it allows a certain level of guilty enjoyment. You're never expected to take anything in the movie seriously, because the characters and filmmakers don't. They're constantly directing knowing winks and nods at the audience, as if to reassure us that they know the story is stupid, but, hey, dumb can be fun sometimes. And there are times during Sahara when this approach works. Maybe 50 minutes worth of times. The problem? The movie is 127 minutes long. - James Berardinelli

San Francisco Examiner 6 of 10
"Sahara" has its moments. It features the best use of Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" on a movie soundtrack that I've ever seen, and Cruz bursts to life in one action scene after boarding a moving train from a galloping camel. McConaughey helps her up and her enthusiastic response makes it seem as if she actually performed the stunt, and, what's more, thoroughly enjoyed herself. At least someone did. - Jeffrey M. Anderson

Rolling Stone 7 of 10
McConaughey, despite alarmingly orange makeup, does justice to the role, a hard-drinking, shipwreck- hunting senator's son with a 007 way with the ladies. There's a lot of Pitt in Cussler, who has discovered more than sixty shipwrecks and started the National Underwater and Marine Agency, the nonprofit group that Pitt works with in the movie. Zahn, despite looking and sounding more like a surfer dude than the book's brawny Italian stallion, pushes for laughs and gets them. And Cruz, despite her still-indecipherable English, gets in more fem-warrior licks than Cussler ever wrote for the doc. Subplots abound involving slavery, gold and nuclear-waste pollution on its way to the U.S. But there's no disguising the fact that Sahara has all the heft of marshmallow. - Peter Travers

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Mcconaughey,Matthew
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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