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Murphy Library film races through the desert on a wild mustang this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

Posted on: August 28, 2012

The Murphy Library is showing, Hidalgo,  Viggo Mortensen’s 2004 film about a down and out cross country horse racer who enters the Ocean of Fire, a life and death 3,000 mile race across the Arabian desert.  Mortensen’s fast as lightning bareback ride is a sight not to miss.

Mortensen is not just an actor, renown for films like Lord of the Rings and A History of Violence.  He is also a painter, musician, photographer, poet, and a publisher of other writers and artists.

Best of all, he knows how to ride a horse and he loves the horses he rides.

 The library is showing the film at 4 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Thursday, August 30.  It is rated PG-13 and runs 136 minutes. In English, Arabic and Sioux (some dialogue).  Call 837-2417.

Listen closely and you can hear the Americus Brass Band.  I first thought it was from Americus, Georgia, but it is actually an American Civil War reenactment band from California named after Americus, Georgia. In the film you can hear the musicians play old Civil War tunes including “The Passing of the Red Man, “Wyoming Days,” “Bufffalo Bill’s Equestrian March” and “Gilmore’s Triumphal March.”

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