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The Wind and the Lion (1975)

In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.

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Deborah Baxter ...
Alice Roosevelt
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Quentin Roosevelt
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Von Roerkel (as Antoine St. John)
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At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention. Written by Anonymous

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12 September 1975 (Ireland)  »

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John Milius' The Wind and the Lion  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Twenty U.S. Marines were used in the making of this picture, as were several Special Forces troops from the Spanish Army. The military scenes are used as training films for the U.S. Marine Corps. See more »

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At the beginning when Eden discusses wine her guest talks of a "red Bordeaux", all Bordeauxs are red, one may as well say an orange Orange. See more »

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Eden: Don't you agree that the most important part of the meal is the wine? Everything must follow the wine. And in this case, I should favor a Red Bordeaux.
Sir Joseph: A Red Bordeaux at lunch? Your late husband would never have approved.
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Love's Old Sweet Song
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Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
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Milius has a strong interest in TR, and this is an enjoyable adventure based loosely on a true incident during TR's presidency.
30 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Sean Connery is very good as the Great Raisuli, Lord of the Rif and Defender of the Faithful. This is an adventure movie with Arabs, Germans and the USMC all coming to grips at one point or another. There is also a lot of humor in the interplay among the main and supporting characters. The story is based on the true incident in which a wealthy Greek-American businessman was kidnapped by the Raisuli in the early 1900s. Milius has substituted Candace Bergen and her two children as the victims of the kidnapping, and this opens the story to a lot of literary license.

On the other hand, the movie gives Milius the opportunity to remind the viewer of two of the most famous (though mostly forgotten) political quotations of the TR era. Brian Keith (very good as TR) says, "Pedecaris alive or the Raisuli dead!"; and John Huston (also good as Sec of State John Hay)asks the Japanese Ambassador at a White House dinner, "You likee knifee, you likee forkee?"


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