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
Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri is named for Col. Leonard Wood. The actor playing Wood is in fact a retired US Marine Captain. See more »
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 »
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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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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