The Long Riders' Guild

The Hopkins Hoax

True West Magazine - October 2003

Westerns in the Works

"Despite theatrical trailers heralding an October 2003 release, Disney's Hidalgo will not be released until March 2004.  Screenwriter John Fusco says even though he stands by the validity of Frank T. Hopkins' story, Disney's final promotional pitch will state that Hidalgo is based on a legend, not a true story (as stated in earlier pitches).  Was Hopkins a fraud or a true desert cowboy?  Find out in March 2004, when True West reports on Hidalgo and the controversy over Frank T. Hopkins' legendary claims."
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