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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.
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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Director:
Writer:
John Milius (written by)
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Release Date:
26 October 1975 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another film where I almost can't seem to find enough nice things to say about it See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Raisuli

Candice Bergen ... Eden Pedecaris

Brian Keith ... Theodore Roosevelt

John Huston ... John Hay

Geoffrey Lewis ... Gummere

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

Nadim Sawalha ... Sherif of Wazan

Roy Jenson ... 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)

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

Darrell Fetty ... Dreighton
Marc Zuber ... The Sultan
Billy Williams ... Sir Joseph
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)

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 (casting)
 
Production Design by
Gil Parrondo  (as Gil Parrando)
 
Art Direction by
Antonio Patón  (as R. Antonio Paton)
 
Makeup Department
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist (as Jose A. Sanchez)
 
Production Management
Luis Hernanz .... unit production manager: Spanish
Tom Pevsner .... production supervisor
Luis Roberts .... production manager: Spanish
 
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 sequences 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 (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James M. George .... wardrobe supervisor
Richard La Motte .... wardrobe designer (as Richard E. LaMotte)
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 the producer (as Steven C. Jaffe)
David V. Lester .... production coordinator (as David Lester)
Juan Maján .... action scene coordinator: Spanish (as Juan Jose Majan)
Miguel Pedregosa .... action scene coordinator: Spanish
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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Language:
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:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2013) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #24156) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Cinematographer Billy Williams plays the British subject at the beginning of the movie who runs out of bullets.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Raisouli and his followers pray while the muezzin is calling. In fact, the actual praying is done after the muezzin finishes - it's his job to remind the faithful to go pray. This is a common mistake in Hollywood productions, possibly done for dramatic purposes.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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Movie Connections:
References The Searchers (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
For He's A Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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44 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Another film where I almost can't seem to find enough nice things to say about it, 14 September 2003
Author: Gatorman9

After reviewing others' comments I have to say that I agree with most of them, even to some degree with some of the seemingly disparaging ones. In that regard, however, I would have to say to those disappointed with the film because of the considerable liberties it takes with the historical facts that they should bear in mind that this film is clearly intended as a pure adventure story with only enough depth to get the audience emotionally involved (which may explain its undercurrent of political satire so suggestive of the immediate post-Vietnam era in which it was made and released), and could never have been intended as a theatrical representation of historical fact. I'm inclined to doubt you can do both successfully in the same film, at least not without losing a lot of the breezy, lighthearted simplicity that makes the adventure movie what it is in the first place. I think adventure movies deliberately ignore deeper issues raised by the events they treat that could be expected to lead to emotional conflict in the minds of the audience. Thus, in the typical adventure movie there are well-defined good guys and bad guys and motivations and justifications are crystal-clear. On the other hand, real history is full of ambiguities and complexities which raise deeper issues and conflicting feelings in the audience's consciousness, leading to an essentially heavier, more deeply dramatic treatment. Thus, if the producer had tried to make the plot of this film completely accurate he would have wound up with more of a drama than an adventure film, and you would have had a completely different kind of movie all together. Consequently, criticizing this film for not dealing with the deeper issues behind the Morocco crisis of 1904 is like criticizing *Raiders of the Lost Ark* for not treating the evils of Nazism more seriously than it did. *The Wind & the Lion* is like *Raiders*, not *Schindler's List*.

Moreover, even apart from the numerous variances from actual history found in the plot (they even moved the date of the event several months to bring it closer to the presidential election), I have to wonder how accurately it portrays Berber culture or even Theodore Roosevelt (whose portrait hangs on the wall directly above my computer monitor while I write this and about and even by whom I have many books including a complete set of his papers, as edited), however entertaining and appealing they may appear in the film. Nevertheless, because of their interesting and sympathetic treatment, this remains one of my favorite movies. So, if these matters still trouble you when you watch the movie, do what I find comes more or less automatically to me and try thinking of it as basically pure fiction and you should like it just fine.

Having said that, though, one of the best things about this film is that irrespective of what the writers or director did with it to make a lighthearted adventure story, other departments seemingly spared no pains in making it every bit as believable, if not actually accurate, as possible. First, I would bet money that the extras in the scene where the Marines land and storm the palace were real Unites States Marines specifically recruited for the part - note the haircuts, the prolonged double-timing in heavy uniforms, the fact that everybody stays in step, the shouted close-order drill commands, and just their general bearing or attitude (if you've ever spent time with Marines or seen one of their little public relations demonstrations at a Marine Corps base you'll know what I mean). Second, Steve Kanally got into his part in a serious way, portraying a practically flawless Marine Corps "recruiting poster" company commander - this is exactly the way the Marine Corps wants its people to come across when they are showing off for the public. Third, in the scene in the U.S. consul's office Steve Kanally historically accurately relates that he has "two 'reinforced' rifle companies" with which to seize the palace, and his statement is realized in deed when the Marines land on the wharf, as well as when they finally reach the palace, because you will see that not only are Marines present but also U.S. Navy sailors backing them up - i.e., two rifle companies reinforced with sailors from whatever ships that landed them.

Such leads me to the detail that is my favorite because it is so subtle that it is hard to imagine much more than literally a handful of viewers among the thousands who would see this film ever being likely to appreciate it. In the book *American Naval History - An Illustrated Chronology* (published some years after the film was made) naval historian Jack Sweetman relates that in the actual event the Marines were landed from the cruiser USS BROOKLYN. When you see the Marines landing in the film you will note a very antique-looking steamship looming prominently in the background. This is obviously a matte painting inserted using special effects techniques because probably the only ship still existing in the world that looks anything like that is a stationary floating museum, the cruiser USS OLYMPIA of Spanish-American War fame, and it would not be available unless the producer was willing to shoot that scene in downtown Philadelphia. More to the point, consideration of the depiction by anyone with a relevant photograph or two and basic sensitization to ship identification issues reveals that the ship pictured isn't the OLYMPIA. There are not many books easy to find these days that would help you identify the ship (I know of only two), but if you were to make the effort you would be rewarded with an unmistakable solution. The raised fo'c's'l', three very tall stacks, turret locations, and sweep of the stern unambiguously identify this vessel as just one ship and one ship only, and by now I shouldn't have to tell you its name, but of course it is the BROOKLYN. My hat's still off to the Art Department for taking that much trouble to get something so easy to disregard so right.

Anyway, this film which has just about everything this writer could want in an adventure movie: not only Theodore Roosevelt and a lot of Marines at their most virile kick-butt best, but expansive Americanism at its optimistic best ("we have men who can do anything - we have men who can FLY"), Sean Connery as a highly appealing charismatic leader (who at one point very plausibly takes out about ten scum-bucket thug types with aplomb John Wayne could envy), a long cavalry sequence with seemingly hundreds of riders culminating in a good old-fashioned saber charge, a "kid" angle (which reminds you how to look at this thing, if you ask me), a certain amount of witty repartee, healthy doses of chivalry throughout, a romantic aspect that is not wholly gratuitous, and not the least, a very feminine and attractive heroine with enough Yankee grit and determination to satisfy Katharine Hepburn. Rent it, buy it, watch it!

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