Sahara

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Sahara is a 2005 action-comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner that is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz and is an international co-production between... read more
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Sahara is a 2005 action-comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner that is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz and is an international co-production between the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and the United States. It opened at number one in the US box office, grossing $18 million on its first weekend. From a financial perspective, Sahara was unusual because it performed reasonably well, generating $119 million in gross box-office sales. However, due to its huge budget—including $130 million in production costs and $81.1 million in distribution expenses—its box-office take amounted to barely half of its expenses. The film lost approximately $105 million according to a financial executive assigned to the movie; however, Hollywood accounting methods assign losses at $78.3 million, taking into account projected revenue. According to Hollywood accounting, the film has a projected revenue of $202.9 million against expenses of $281.2 million. The Los Angeles Times presented an extensive special report on April 15, 2007, dissecting the budget of Sahara as an example of how Hollywood movies can cost so much to produce and fail. Many of the often closely held documents had become public domain after a lawsuit involving the film. Among some of the items in the budget were bribes to the Moroccan government, some of which may have been legally questionable under American law.

Original Release

04/06/2005

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Cast

Delroy Lindo Carl
William H. Macy Admiral Sandecker
Penelope Cruz Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
Matthew McConaughey Dirk Pitt
Steve Zahn Al Giordino
Dayna Cussler
Lennie James General Zateb Kazim
Lambert Wilson Yves Massarde
Rainn Wilson Rudi Gunn
Glynn Turman Dr. Frank Hopper
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Breck Eisner

Writers

James V. Hart, Clive Cussler, Thomas Dean Donnelly, John C. Richards, Joshua Oppenheimer

Cast

Delroy Lindo Carl
William H. Macy Admiral Sandecker
Penelope Cruz Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
Matthew McConaughey Dirk Pitt
Steve Zahn Al Giordino
Dayna Cussler
Lennie James General Zateb Kazim
Lambert Wilson Yves Massarde
Rainn Wilson Rudi Gunn
Glynn Turman Dr. Frank Hopper
Clint Dyer Oshodi
Robert Cavanah Captain Tombs
Jude Akuwudike Imam
Mark Aspinall Lawyer
Rakie Ayola Mrs. Nwokolo
Christopher Bello Train Driver
Patrick Malahide Ambassador Polidori
Christopher Saul Pilot, Ironclad
Billy Seymour Powder Monkey
Celestine Vita Old Woman in Labbezanga

Producers

Editors

Andrew MacRitchie

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