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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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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Real casualties of the Rough Riders was 40% and many died from malaria, after the battle because the US would not let them back into the country, finally TR was able to get them back to Montauk New York in a quarantine camp. On the Library of Congress American Memory website, there are early Edison movies of them at the Montauk quarantine camp. See more »

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The Film ends with Henry Nash, now a millionaire, visiting the graves of his comrades circa 1920. In fact, the real Henry Nash died in the Philippines in 1902 as a teacher. 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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An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
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Music by Johann Strauss (1866)
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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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