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The Wind and the Lion -- 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.

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John Milius (written by)
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Release Date:
26 October 1975 (UK) See more »
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Between the wind and the lion is the woman. For her, half the world may go to war.
Plot:
At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations See more »
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(11 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli

Candice Bergen ... Eden Pedecaris

Brian Keith ... Theodore Roosevelt

John Huston ... John Hay

Geoffrey Lewis ... Samuel Gummere

Steve Kanaly ... Capt. Jerome
Vladek Sheybal ... The Bashaw

Nadim Sawalha ... Sherif of Wazan

Roy Jenson ... Admr. French Ensor 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)

Aldo Sambrell ... Ugly Arab
Luis Barboo ... Gayaan the Terrible

Darrell Fetty ... Richard Dreighton
Marc Zuber ... The Sultan
Shirley Rothman ... Edith Roosevelt
Rusty Cox ... Marine Sgt.
Larry Cross ... Henry Cabot Lodge
Alexander Weldon ... Elihu Root (as Alex Weldon)
Akio Mitamura ... Japanese General
Frank Gassman ... President's Aide
Audrey San Felix ... Miss Hitchcock
Ben Tatar ... Sketch Artist
Michael Damian ... President's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eduardo Bea ... Philippe (uncredited)
Robert Case ... British Military Advisor (uncredited)
Juan Cazalilla ... Chef (uncredited)
Mariano Ciudad ... 3rd Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Anita Colby ... Station Woman (uncredited)
James Cooley ... 2nd Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Russ Cox Jr. ... U.S. Marine (uncredited)
Rupert Crabb ... Mountain Man (uncredited)
Howard Hagan ... Diplomat (uncredited)
Art Larkin ... 1st Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... President Roosevelt's Sparring Partner (uncredited)
David V. Lester ... 2nd Reporter (uncredited)
Leon Liberman ... 2nd Aide (uncredited)

John Milius ... The One-Armed Military Advisor (uncredited)
James Mitchell ... Gummere's Aide (uncredited)
Ricardo Palacios ... Torres (uncredited)
Carl Rapp ... 1st Station Man (uncredited)
Paul Rusking ... 3rd Reporter (uncredited)
Allen Russell ... 3rd Aide (uncredited)
Felipe Solano ... Pock-Faced Arab (uncredited)
Charles Stalmaker ... 1st Reporter (uncredited)
Billy Williams ... Sir Joseph - Briton That Runs Out of Bullets (uncredited)

Directed by
John Milius 
 
Writing credits
John Milius (written by)

Produced by
Herb Jaffe .... producer
Phil Rawlins .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Wolfe 
 
Casting by
Boaty Boatwright 
 
Production Design by
Gil Parrondo  (as Gil Parrando)
 
Art Direction by
Antonio Patón  (as R. Antonio Paton)
 
Costume Design by
Richard La Motte  (as Richard E. LaMotte)
 
Makeup Department
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist (as Jose A. Sanchez)
 
Production Management
Luis Hernanz .... unit production manager: Spain
Tom Pevsner .... production supervisor
Luis Roberts .... production manager: Spain
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miguel Ángel Barbero .... second assistant director (as Miguel A. Barbero)
Roberto Cirla .... second assistant director
Miguel Gil .... assistant director (as Miguel A. Gil)
Roberto Parra .... second assistant director
Phil Rawlins .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects supervisor
Roy Charman .... sound
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects supervisor
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt supervisor
Ricardo Cruz .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Juan Maján .... stunts (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles .... stunts (uncredited)
Kerry Rossall .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Ramiro Sabell .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James M. George .... wardrobe supervisor
Tony Pueo .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Gary Bell .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Barbara Cole .... script supervisor
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... assistant to producer (as Steven C. Jaffe)
David V. Lester .... production coordinator (as David Lester)
Juan Maján .... action coordinator: Spain (as Juan Jose Majan)
Miguel Pedregosa .... action coordinator: Spain
Mark Carlton .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Milius' The Wind and the Lion" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
119 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG (certificate #24156) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
John Milius can be seen as the machine gun merchant with the Sultan. He said he wanted to look like a waiter.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Roosevelt has his hand on a globe, Turkey and Libya are visible, but neither name would appear on a globe in 1904.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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70 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Connery Magnificent in Milius Masterpiece!, 9 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

'The Wind and the Lion' is, simply put, one of the greatest adventure films ever made, a classic that helped break the 'James Bond' stereotype for Sean Connery, solidified Brian Keith's reputation as one of America's finest character actors, and gave action-oriented director John Milius his most 'audience-friendly' success. It is a sweeping epic in the tradition of 'Lawrence of Arabia', without the earlier film's subtexts of megalomania and sexual ambiguity. Here, the personalities are clearly defined; they start off on opposing sides, but through the nobility of their characters, their unspoken codes of honor, and a sense of old-fashioned chivalry in a modern world of betrayal and greed, by the film's climax, they become allies against a greater evil.

Some critics attempted to link Theodore Roosevelt's world view in the film to the eventual U.S. debacle in Vietnam. That is unfair to both the film, and to Milius, who, if anything, admires and respects the 'big stick' idealism and machismo of our only true 'cowboy' President. (This respect led the director to film the excellent 'The Rough Riders', twenty-four years later, for TNT). Rest assured, 'The Wind and the Lion' is NOT a boring political treatise!

The setting is Morocco in 1904, where an American woman (Candice Bergen, in perhaps her best screen performance), and her two children are kidnapped by 'the last of the Barbary Pirates' Sean Connery and his large band of followers, who are seeking restitution for a long political imprisonment by his family. In Washington, dynamic young President Teddy Roosevelt (brilliantly portrayed by Brian Keith) uses the incident to send in American marines, both to rescue the family, and influence the country's politics (much to the chagrin of Secretary of State John Huston!) Privately, Roosevelt admires the Arab's courage and honor, and wishes the two could face off in a duel to resolve matters.

As her captivity continues, Bergen learns that the real villain is not Connery, who is truly the 'Chosen' leader of his people, but those who imprisoned him. The Americans discover this, too, as they see alliances being forged between the usurpers and greedy European powers, particularly Germany. Ultimately, this leads to a rip-roaring battle between the two forces, full of unforgettable images (Connery on horseback, at full gallop, snatching up a rifle offered by Bergen's son, is one of the great moments in film history!), as the film reaches a VERY satisfying conclusion.

There are many wonderful aspects to this film, and Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score must be singled out; it is one of the finest of his long career, ranking with his soundtracks for 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture', and 'Patton'.

'The Wind and the Lion' is the kind of epic adventure "they don't make anymore". Happily, John Milius has proven that cliche wrong. This film is ABSOLUTELY essential in any Connery or action film collection. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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