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Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Matthew McConaughey , Steve Zahn , Breck Eisner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penélope Cruz, William H. Macy, Rainn Wilson
  • Directors: Breck Eisner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC7H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sahara (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Director Breck Eisner and Actor/Executive Producer Matthew McConaughey
  • Three featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional audio commentary)

Editorial Reviews

Marine life planetwide is dying off in staggering proportions, and if adventurer Dirk Pitt can't find the solution--ALL life is in danger! So what's he doing looking for the answer in the middle of the Sahara desert? Just trust him. Good cast in a movie that was done better last summer as Flight Of The Phoenix.

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98 of 119 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old School Adventure Film with Good, Clean Fun July 2, 2005
I don't know the reaction of Clive Cussler fans to this film -- I don't know why the author is so angry about it -- but as an ordinary film fan, 'Sahara' is mostly enjoyable, if not outstanding action adventure film. Matthew McCoaughey is a likable treasure hunting hero Dirk Pitt from 'NUMA'; Steve Zahn is a scene-stealing sidekick (and he is always so) Al Giordino; and Penelope Cruz as a doctor Eva Rojas from WHO, who gets involved with Dirk's adventures. These premises, together with the hidden gold coins made during the time of the Civil War, sound much like 'National Treasure,' and the comparison is interesting because director of 'Sahara' is Breck Eisner ('Taken') also known as son of Michael Eisner.

But 'Sahara' is different from that Nicholas Cage film, and that is the location mostly set in the hot desert of Africa. Dirk, Al, and another NUMA agent Rudi (Rainn Wilson) borrowing a small boat from Admiral Sandecker (William H. Macy), cruise on the river into the desert of Mali, Africa, where he believes a huge US iron-clad ship disappered with gold coins.

At the same time, the film shows us that a deadly plague is killing the people of Mali. So, on the way to the country, Dirk and Al travel with a beautiful doctor Eva, who seeks for the cause of the disease with her senior Dr. Frank (Glynn Turman). Don't call it a contrived story yet, for 'Sahara' is going to get more contrived as the team is attacked by the machine-guns, rockets, tanks, and helicopters of the country's troops, and their incredible adventures begin.

That's it, and that's all I have to say. The film is made with a familiar set-pieces, none of which are particularly imaginative or innovative, but techinically speaking they are fine.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Expected January 22, 2007
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"Sahara" had less than a stellar turn out at the box office upon its initial release and I happened to let it slip by my radar at the time. I had read the novel upon which the film was based and thought it stupid but fun and I expected the film to be about the same but with more emphasis on the former than the latter. Well I was a bit wrong on that score. Sure, "Sahara" isn't going to win awards for smarts but hey this is an action adventure film and it doesen't pretend to be anything but that. Fortunately thats what makes this film stand out from a lot of others of its kind. Its concerned only with providing good old fashioned actioneer fun; nothing more and nothing less and it succeeds quite well with those simple ambitions.

Now if your a hardcore Cussler/Dirk Pitt fan you may be disappointed with the fact that the films characterizations are not the same as the ones in the book but I will argue that the movie does a good job of at least staying true to the spirit of those characters. Frankly I'm not overly impressed with Cussler's writing. His characrers are flat and his dialog is laughable. For example, his villains are right out of some old pulp or movie serial and will actually say things like: "The American devils have foiled our plans and now they must die!!" I kid you not, that is not an exaggeration of typical Cussler dialog. You can see how that may not translate well to film and fortunately the film makers are able to make the dialog and story a bit smarter than the original material upon which it is based. Anyway, the actors are fine and are having a great time and the direction and cinematography are above average.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous plot but a lot of fun November 25, 2005
I've never read Clive Cussler so I can't compare the movie to his novel, but I enjoyed the film. It's not a classic and it won't win any awards but it will entertain you. Dirk Pitt and his pal Al Giordano are treasure hunters looking for an ironclad ship from the American Civil War that may have somehow ended up in Africa. Penelope Cruz plays a doctor from the WHO investigating a new illness spreading from an African country. They cross paths and together find the source of the disease and eventually find the Civil War ship. The plot is preposterous and you never believe Cruz as a WHO physician but the movie is action packed from beginning to end and Steven Zahn as sidekick Al provides some genuinely funny moments. Sahara delivers exactly what it sets out to, a few hours of mindless entertainment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good way to spend the evening with the family September 2, 2005
No gratuitous sex scenes, no major cursing, a great sidekick, plenty of humor, fair science, a plot (however implausible), and editing that did not cut out important parts of the story. It's all here. I think the stars were well picked and likeable in their roles. This movie kept the whole family interested throughout and when I told them it was based on one of a series of books, they wondered when the next movie would come out. What more could one ask for. I suggest this as a should watch... safe for pretty much everyone in the family. Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Clive Cussler's books featuring Dirk Pitt have always been a favorite of mine. That's a bit of a guilty pleasure. Cussler's characters could better be called caricatures. His plots are also larger than life -- no one could suspend disbelief enough to think that the things Cussler dreams up for his hero Dirk Pitt could ever happen in real life.

But that does not stop me from enjoying the books. Cussler's lively imagination captures me in his make-believe world for a time. And his almost self-parodying characters always entertain as an escape from real life people.

The movie Sahara is the same way. It's just as fun to watch as the book Sahara is to read.

Yes, it's true that the movie does not follow the book. That's probably a good thing. Cussler's novels would not translate well to the movie screen if the translation were too direct. Cussler's intricate plotting, his attention to detail (as in his detailed description of each classic car that appears in any book), and his rather cartoonish dialogue work in his books. They would look foolish in a movie.

As a movie, Sahara works best as a family picture. Adults will probably find it entertaining enough. Children will find it easy to understand, with enough humor and surprises to keep their interest.

Definitely not a must-see film. But everyone in our family liked it. Both adults, and both children. Everyone thumbs up. That's pretty rare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars wet drink , but a dry taste
This could had been a great series such as a American Bond as the books was written for the main character , but they made a few mistakes such as Zahn casted as the Italian Al... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Snake Pisken
4.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoyed this movie
I always enjoyed this movie. Its corny at times but sometimes after work you wants a corny laugh. Or truthfully just to stare at a good looking man.
Published 1 month ago by Chelsey Bertram
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Excellent movie, I recommend reading the book also.
Published 1 month ago by Peter G Hoppa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Such a fun movie to watch. Felt like I was right there along with them on this big adventure. Plus the extras are worth buying the DVD as well.
Published 1 month ago by Carrie S Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
love the movie
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like adventure movies, as do I, you'll enjoy this movie!
Published 1 month ago by Raystown Country Photo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We gave this movie as a gift because we love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie downloaded it to my Kindle hooked to my TV and sat back to enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Richard D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!
Published 1 month ago by shanzams
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie
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