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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
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Kermit Roosevelt
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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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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

The story was based on a historical incident involving the kidnapping of Ion Perdicaris, an American expatriate living in Tangier (changed to a woman for the movie). However, the two children, the American attack on the Bashaw's palace in Tangier, and the climactic battle between the American and German forces, were all inventions of writer-director John Milius. 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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[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 Searchers (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song
(uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
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Bravado, Honour, and Charisma aplenty
23 September 1998 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

A glorious adventure film, from the time when men were real men, women were real women, and American presidents were still hunting bears in Alaska instead of the oval office.

John Milius makes here the kind of macho film he really likes: we have bravado, honour, and charisma aplenty. The performances are excellent, as are the cinematography and the music. No deep messages here, but excellent entertainment all around. Film academies tend to ignore pictures like this in their award ceremonies but it is the kind of film that will stand the test of time.


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