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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 Theodore Roosevelt (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Capt. Bucky O'Neil (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Joseph Wheeler (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Henry Nash (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Edith Roosevelt (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Col. Leonard Wood (2 episodes, 1997)
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 President William McKinley (2 episodes, 1997)
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 William Randolph Hearst (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Secretary of State John Hay (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Frederick Remington (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Craig Wadsworth (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Sgt. Hamilton Fish (2 episodes, 1997)
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 William Tiffany (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Wadsworth, Sr. (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Lt. Woodbury Kane (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Edward Marshall (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Sgt. Rafael Castillo (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Stephen Crane, writer (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Eli (2 episodes, 1997)
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 B.F. Goodrich (2 episodes, 1997)
Diana Jorge ...
 Mademoiselle Adler (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Sgt. Henry Bardshar (2 episodes, 1997)
Angee Hughes ...
 Sara Bardshar (2 episodes, 1997)
Hunter Bentley ...
 Boyo (GT station) (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Brodie (2 episodes, 1997)
Troy Curvey Jr. ...
 Sgt. Buck (2 episodes, 1997)
Randy Stripling ...
 Buffalo Soldier (2 episodes, 1997)
Willie Dirden ...
 Butler (2 episodes, 1997)
Jared Chandler ...
 Capt. Allyn Capron (2 episodes, 1997)
Rusty Cox ...
 Captain (Shafter's staff) (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Captain (trench) (2 episodes, 1997)
Art Tamez ...
 Castillo Sr. (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Colonel, 71st NY (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Colonel (Shafter's staff) (2 episodes, 1997)
Carlos Compean ...
 Cuban rebel (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Delchaney (Apache) (2 episodes, 1997)
Julie Wilson ...
 Mrs. Fish (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Frederick Funston (2 episodes, 1997)
Greg Krutilek ...
 Admiral (at the White House) (2 episodes, 1997)
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 General (Shafter's staff) (2 episodes, 1997)
Brian Schmeck ...
 Capt. Grimes (2 episodes, 1997)
Robert Strane ...
 Sen. Hanna (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Harry Hefues (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Indian Bob (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Indian Tom Isbell (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Kid at rail siding (2 episodes, 1997)
Lonnie Rodriguez ...
 Capt. Max Luna (2 episodes, 1997)
Paul Menzel ...
 Major (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Man #1 (delivers news to Hearst) (2 episodes, 1997)
Rutherford Cravens ...
 Man #2 (2 episodes, 1997)
Ted J. Crum ...
 Old codger (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Man at San Antonio station (2 episodes, 1997)
Todd Royal ...
 Man (2 episodes, 1997)
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 George Neville (2 episodes, 1997)
Billy Driver ...
 New Mexico man (2 episodes, 1997)
Charles Sanders ...
 Newsman (2 episodes, 1997)
Michael A. Stephens ...
 Opposing man (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Orderly (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Other New Mexico man (2 episodes, 1997)
Jim Morse ...
 Lt. James Parker (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Black Jack Pershing (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Sgt. Polk (2 episodes, 1997)
Curtis Akin ...
 Quartermaster (2 episodes, 1997)
John Barnett ...
 Rough Rider (in jungle) (2 episodes, 1997)
Tom Williams ...
 Sergeant (Exhibition Hall) (2 episodes, 1997)
Patrick Falci ...
 Rough Rider (at campfire) (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Shafter (2 episodes, 1997)
Louis Gusemano ...
 Spaniard (2 episodes, 1997)
Damon Collazo ...
 Steward (2 episodes, 1997)
Larry Randolph ...
 Col. Swayles (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Lt. William Wheeler (2 episodes, 1997)
Tiani Warden ...
 Woman in stagecoach (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Young (2 episodes, 1997)
Timberlake Lewis ...
 British observer (2 episodes, 1997)
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 French observer (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Toral (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Toral's interpreter (2 episodes, 1997)
Richard Reyes ...
 Insurrectionist officer (2 episodes, 1997)
Jake Cavelle ...
 Other insurgent (2 episodes, 1997)
Whit Edwards ...
 Sergeant, 71st NY (2 episodes, 1997)
Jamy Myatt ...
 Fish's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Kristi Fleming ...
 Wadsworth's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Kane's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Richard Nance ...
 Cowhand (2 episodes, 1997)
Peter Harrell Jr. ...
 Buffalo sergeant (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Saddlery sergeant (2 episodes, 1997)
Oriana Huron ...
 Castillo's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
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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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Trivia

Stephan Crane the real author of the Civil War's Red badge of Courge, died two years after these events, however Edward Marshall who was wounded lived for 12 more years. See more »

Goofs

Henry Nash is portrayed as a poorly educated stage robber. Although some sources indicate he may have once been a train robber named William Sterin, he was actually a school teacher before joining the Rough Riders and a graduate of DePauw University. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Connections

Version of Rough Riders (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

The Minstrel Boy
(uncredited)
Irish patriotic song from a traditional Irsh air
Lyrics by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Adopted and sung by the Rough Riders
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intense, realistic, accurate, and thoroughly enjoyable
17 October 1998 | by (Laurel MD) – See all my reviews

This film chronicles the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry ("Rough Riders") from their inception in the mind of Teddy Roosevelt through the capture of the San Juan Heights, the moment at which Roosevelt said "We will always live in its shadow." Although it takes some liberties with the facts, they're simply to strengthen the story as constrained by the medium: better than two months and a thousand men are pushed into three+ hours and some fifteen characters, enough to catch the flavor of the time. And what a time: when rich young men from Park Avenue sincerely believed it was their duty to take part in their country's wars, and a politician who started one went to fight in it, when artists calmly painted oils of battle, and correspondents walked toward the sound of the guns... Fiercely accurate in the feel of the battle, especially the waiting under fire, and in the making of men into killers, "Rough Riders" is beautifully filmed and scored. But mostly, it's well acted. Berengar *is* Theodore Roosevelt, and Sam Elliott gives another good performance, as does William Katt as Edward Marshall (with a lot of Richard Harding Davis's actions). Gary Busey's Fighting Joe Wheeler is a scene-stealer, much like "the old gamecock" undoubtedly was, and the little roles are well handled as well, especially Nick Chinlund's Frederic Remington. But the real focus of the movie is on Brad Johnson's Henry Nash, the Arizona outlaw, and Chris Noth's Craig Wadsworth, the Park Avenue polo player... Noth in particular gives a understatedly lovely, nuanced performance as the rich young man coming face to face with Life -- the very thing his family had tried so hard to keep him from ever having to experience. His transformation mirrors the transformation this particular war created in our country; as Roosevelt says in the film, "It will never be the same again." I heartily recommend this movie.


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