the year: 2005

the genre: action/adventure

the cast: Matthew McConaughey (Dirk Pitt); Steve Zahn (Al Giordino); Penelope Cruz (Eva Rojas); William H. Macy (Admiral Jim Sandecker); Rainn Wilson (Rudi Gunn); Lamber Wilson (Yves Massarde)

the plot: Explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a UN doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.

count: how many times Al loses his hat.

watch for: the disappearing/reappearing light stick while Eva is in the well.

don't miss: the "Panama".

listen for: "Hi! How are ya?"

did you know: the fact that Al Giordino had some of the Admiral's cigars was an inside joke from the novels; he always seemed to have some no matter how carefully Admiral Sandecker kept them under lock and key.

extra bonus points: if you know who else (more than one) was considered for the role of Dirk Pitt.

also listen for: "Next time, YOU go!"

did you also know: the cast had camel-riding lessons during which they would have to ride the camel at full gallop for 90 minutes alongside a moving train.


Erika said...

Steve Zahn is my favorite (just like Al Giordino is my favorite in the books). Excellent casting.

Rudy-"I've never had survival training."
Dirk-"Think of this as your course."
Al-"Kinda pass-fail, which I always thought was easier."

Laney said...

The books without Al just aren't as good. It took me a bit to adjust to a blonde Giardino, but he did a great job and now I have a hard time going back to how he's written.

Scott said...

Why does Matthew Maconohay always look so much in need of a shower?

Millie Motts said...

Scott, I have to agree. And admit that I laughed out loud at the (not supposed to be funny) scene where he gets to show off his muscles while steering the airplane/sailboat.

Answer: Reportedly, Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman were both considered for the part of Dirk Pitt.

bporter said...

Matthew and his Chicklet white teeth clash with the fake tan and dirt. I'm just saying!