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Rough Riders (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | History  -  20 July 1997 (USA)
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Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War.

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Edith Roosevelt
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In 1898 the US government decided to intervene on the side of the Cuban rebels in their struggle against Spanish rule. Assistant Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt decides to experience the war first hand by promoting and joining a volunteer cavalry regiment. The regiment, later known as the Rough Riders, brings together volunteers from all corners of the nation and all walks of life. When Roosevelt and his men finally land on Cuba, they face ambush, intense enemy fire, and a desperate, outnumbered charge up a defended hill. Written by Anonymous

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The battles scenes were written from diaries and military dispatches, TR really did fall down from tripping over his sword. See more »

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At several points in the film, General Wheeler refers to Nathan Bedford Forrest, another Confederate cavalry general, as his "old friend" and quotes him approvingly. However, Wheeler and Forrest had a notoriously rocky relationship, stemming from the Kentucky Campaign when General Braxton Bragg transfered most of Forrest's troops to Wheeler's command. After a failed attack on Dover, Tennessee in February 1863, an enraged Forrest told Wheeler that "I will be in my coffin before I fight again under your command," leading ultimately to Forrest's transfer elsewhere. Wheeler may have grudgingly respected Forrest, but it's unlikely that he would have upheld him as the ideal cavalry officer given their antagonistic wartime relationship. See more »

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Henry Nash: I miss you, boys. Been more that twenty years. My God, we were young. Well, it was a young country then, full of promise and hope. Anything was possible then if you were an American.
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Spectacular as a history film
26 January 2003 | by (Fresno, California) – See all my reviews

The depiction of America in 1898, the slowly healing wounds from the Civil War (in the South), the coming together of men of different backgrounds, as well as the apparently realistic battle scenes combine to make this one of the best Turner films in recent years. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Teddy Roosevelt or Bucky O'Neil or in the Spanish-American War and the economic (and idealistic) American view of Cuba at the time. The characters emerge as real people and the viewer forgets for a moment that it's a film.


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