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
The Sioux nation was so pleased with the depiction of Native Americans in the movie that they made John Milius an honorary tribe member. See more »
John Hay, McKinley's aide in the movie, was the Ambassador to London at the start of the Spanish-American War, and could not be in Washington advising the President. See more »
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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A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
Music by Theo. A. Metz (as Theodore August Metz)
Lyrics by Joseph Haydn (as Joe Hayden)
Parody "A Hot Time in Old Santiago Tonight" sung by Rough Riders in Cuba. See more »
I enjoyed this movie tremendously, but then again I'm a big Theodore Roosevelt fan. The movie does nothing to damage his reputation and is minimal in its application of modern sensibilities. There's lots of action, which closely mimics the historical accounts I've read. Believe it or not, by all reports TR was much as he is portrayed. Good performances abound with Tom Berringer topping the list.
I'll skip trying to tell you what was on these peoples mind when they went to war, however, TR had been de facto Secretary of the Navy and a politician for quite a while so I vote for less naivete than hinted at by another commentator. That said, true believers are reported to have been a far more common breed at the time.
A good rent, but I wish it were available on DVD. Talk to Ted Turner about that.
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