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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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Kermit Roosevelt
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Jennifer Pedecaris
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Milius's primary source for the film was Barbara W. Tuchman's essay "Perdicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead!", published in the August 1959 edition of American Heritage magazine. Much of the film's dialogue is taken verbatim from Tuchman's essay, including Elihu Root's quote about Roosevelt's popularity, "Why drag in Washington", the Bashaw's comment about the Moroccan government's precarious independence, and Philander Knox's above-mentioned "legality" quote. See more »

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The chess set has European (Christian) chess pieces, instead of Islamic chess pieces which a Muslim prince would be expected to use. See more »

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[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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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

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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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For the Whole Family - A Wonderful "American" Adventure Yarn
24 June 2003 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

We usually think of the British as the experts at rendering great adventure from the Imperial age, with the likes of The Four Feathers (1939) and Zulu, simply because the Imperial age was, for the most part, British. Here, in The Wind and the Lion, we see a wonderful rendering of America's own Imperial age.

America's projection of power under Teddy Roosevelt is the backdrop for this conventional tale of the kidnapped damsel who, despite her gentility, is smitten by the rough, manly nobility of her captor, who in turn is disarmed by her beauty and scorn. (Politically correct prigs eager to see some slight of "native" peoples or cultures can rest assured, that the way Arabs and Muslims are depicted here is far more flattering than the way their modern counterparts depict themselves on the current world stage.) What makes this story different are the terrific production values - faultless photography, composition and editing - the terrific casting - the underappreciated Brian Keith playing a bully Teddy - and vivid history.

Though The Wind and the Lion is told largely through the eyes of the son, every member of the family can identify with one of the characters, whether it be Sean Connery's noble brigand, Candace Bergen's feisty heroine, John Huston's wily John Hay or Steve Kanaly's spiffy, radiant, ruthless can-do lieutenant, Roosevelt's "Big Stick". There is a transcendent scene at the end, when the little boy is symbolically swept away by the dashing Moor on his white steed. This is high adventure at its best.


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