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The Wind and the Lion (1975)

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

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John Hay
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Gummere
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Capt. Jerome
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The Bashaw
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Sherif of Wazan
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Admiral Chadwick
Deborah Baxter ...
Alice Roosevelt
Jack Cooley ...
Quentin Roosevelt
Chris Aller ...
Kermit Roosevelt
Simon Harrison ...
William Pedecaris
Polly Gottesman ...
Jennifer Pedecaris
Antoine Saint-John ...
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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Between the wind and the lion is the woman. For her, half the world may go to war. See more »


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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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Trivia

Roosevelt's quote, "Why spoil the beauty of the thing with legality", is paraphrased from a statement made by Philander Knox, Roosevelt's Attorney General from 1901-1904, made in reference to Roosevelt's involvement in the Panamian Revolution and the construction of the Panama Canal. Knox's actual quote went: "Mister President, do not let so great an achievement suffer from any taint of legality." See more »

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Ms. Pedecaris' companion, who is slain in the opening scene, is referred to as "Joseph". He is later referred to as Sir Joshua Smith. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Opening credits prologue: Tangier October 15, 1904 1:00 pm See more »

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Featured in The Lion Roars Again (1975) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at Roosevelt's birthday party
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This Is A True Story ...
25 October 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

... Except that the Eden Pedecaris character was in reality a man who didn't have any children with him and that the battle at the end with the United States Marine Corp defeating a German force never happened . So in truth it's not actually a true story plot wise

It's very arrogant of Hollywood in general and John Milius in particular to re-write history in this manner because the film is rather accurate in some other ways namely the portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt . Want to know about how the teddy bear came into being ? Watch this film . Roosevelt was a great lover of nature , he was both a hunter and an ecologist and decided that if America wanted to be a major world power then the nation would have to carry a big stick while speaking in a soft voice

Roosevelt more than any president in history made America the superpower it is today and it's a very topical film to watch in 2004 . America's resentment of Germany and France ! Arabs slaughtering infidels on the battlefield but taking a moral high ground about women and children being held as hostage ! American military leaders and diplomats not really caring if they start a bloody war ! The more things change the more they stay the same

It is interesting to see that Milius has painted the Arabs with very human faces . Mulay might be a brigand but he's a most likable anti hero and a cinema audience has the rare opportunity of seeing what Sean Connery is capable of when he's given a good role . I wonder though how this film would have the Arabs if it'd have been made a few years later after the Iranian revolution ? I've got a feeling it would never have been made at all in todays current climate

As it stands THE WIND AND THE LION is very poor history in most parts , fairly good history in some parts and stands as a sort of timepiece when Hollywood was far less xenophobic than it is today


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