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 ...
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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)
Wally Welch ...
 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)
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 Quartermaster (2 episodes, 1997)
John Barnett ...
 Rough Rider (in jungle) (2 episodes, 1997)
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 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 ...
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Jamy Myatt ...
 Fish's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Kristi Fleming ...
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 Kane's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Richard Nance ...
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Peter Harrell Jr. ...
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 Saddlery sergeant (2 episodes, 1997)
Oriana Huron ...
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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

Theodore Roosevelt had been an infantry company commander in the New York National Guard in the early 1880s; although he may have been out of practice in giving commands, he was no neophyte to the Army. See more »

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[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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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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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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Rousing Milius Adventure!
14 October 2003 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

ROUGH RIDERS, John Milius' tribute to the legendary Spanish-American War volunteer unit headed by future President Theodore Roosevelt, can be nearly considered a 'prequel' to his classic, THE WIND AND THE LION. Certainly no director has ever presented a richer portrait of one of the most complex, fascinating men of the twentieth century than Milius has, in these two films.

When 'War Fever' against the Spanish grips the nation, fueled by the inflammatory headlines of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (flamboyantly played by George Hamilton), young Teddy Roosevelt (Tom Berrenger, who is superb), exhibiting the headstrong energy he was famous for, decides he has to be a part of it. Getting veteran Apache fighter Col. Leonard Wood (real-life film military adviser Dale Dye) to command his unit, Roosevelt puts out a call for volunteers, and his name, already famous nation-wide, draws an extraordinary mix of personalities, from bank robbers (Brad Johnson, in one of his best performances), to a frontier marshal (Sam Elliott, who would play a similar character in WE WERE SOLDIERS), to Indians (Bob Primeaux and David Midthunder, both excellent), to a group of Ivy Leaguers (led by LAW AND ORDER star Chris Noth).

At a White House meeting, President William McKinley (a frail-looking Brian Keith, who had portrayed 'T.R.' in THE WIND AND THE LION) and his Secretary of State, John Hay (R. Lee Ermey), appoint southern Congressman 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler to lead the American forces, with the rank of General (primarily to appease a South still bitter over the Civil War). An ex-Confederate officer (portrayed by Gary Busey, who nearly steals the film), Wheeler takes a liking to Wood and Roosevelt, and to 'Black Jack' Pershing's 'Buffalo Soldiers' (the famous Black regiment), over the 'regular Yankees', and does his best to give them preference, while offering his 'unreconstructed' advice.

With the eyes of the world on them, the 'Rough Riders' train (Elliott says, bluntly, "I'll teach them to become killers"), bond (the cowboys are stunned when Ivy Leaguer Noth easily breaks a stallion, then are told that he is a champion polo player), and show complete devotion to the eccentric but beloved Roosevelt ("He's one of us," one cowboy says, proudly). Despite a series of snafus (the horses get left behind, turning the unit into a 'dismounted cavalry'), the 'Rough Riders' make it to Cuba, and the thick of battle.

With legendary personalities Hearst, Fredric Remington (Nick Chinlund), Stephen Crane (Adam Storke), and Edward Marshall (William Katt) chronicling their actions, Roosevelt and his unit would be bloodied but unbowed, achieving immortality, with the 'Buffalo Soldiers' beside them, at the Battle of San Juan Hill...

Told as a flashback narrated by Brad Johnson, ROUGH RIDERS emerges as a remarkable history of a group of remarkable men. At the film's center is, of course, Berrenger's remarkable portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt, who, experiencing war first-hand, matures dramatically, developing the courage and strength of character that would soon make him a truly great President.

John Milius proves, again, that he is one of America's most underrated directors. ROUGH RIDERS is superb!


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