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Second attempt to construct a franchise around Clive Cussler's popular Dirk Pitt character (the first was 1980's "Raise the Titanic"). Pitt (McConaughey) and his buddy, Al Giordino (Zahn), are ex-Navy treasure-hunters searching for a lost Civil War battleship off the coast of West Africa. Cruz is a UN doctor who enlists Pitt in helping her find the source of a virulent African plague. The plot reeks of modern-day Indiana Jones and, thankfully, doesn't try to hide it, helped along by McConaughey and Zahn's boisterous chemistry. Eisner wisely chooses to keep things light throughout, which makes the film both charmingly self-aware and easily dismissible.

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Available on Running time 127 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Action-Comedy, Deserts, Africa, Books to Film: Clive Cussler, Civil War, Treasure Hunt, CIA/NSA, Corporate Shenanigans, Emerging Viruses
John C. Richards, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, James V. Hart
Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz, Lambert Wilson, Glynn Turman, William H. Macy, Delroy Lindo, Lennie James, Rainn Wilson, Patrick Malahide
Seamus McGarvey
Breck Eisner
Clint Mansell
Chris Munro, Lindsay Fellows, Andrew MacRitchie, Giles Masters, Anthony Reading, Anna Sheppard, Allan Cameron
Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin, Mace Neufeld, Stephanie Austin, Kanzaman S.A., J.K. Livin, Paramount Pictures, Bristol Bay Prods., Paramount Pictures

Visitor Reviews

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After reading the book years ago, I was surprised that Clive allowed Hollywood to make another movie from one of his novels. Raise the Titanic was so different than the book, I was glad to see that Sahara followed it very well. The actors portrayed the main characters so well, that all of us readers have grown to admire and respect. Way to go Clive!