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 ...
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Robert Strane ...
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Jack Watkins ...
 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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Lonnie Rodriguez ...
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Paul Menzel ...
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Rutherford Cravens ...
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Ted J. Crum ...
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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)
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 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 ...
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 Lt. William Wheeler (2 episodes, 1997)
Tiani Warden ...
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 Gen. Young (2 episodes, 1997)
Timberlake Lewis ...
 British observer (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Toral (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Gen. Toral's interpreter (2 episodes, 1997)
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Richard Nance ...
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Peter Harrell Jr. ...
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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

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 »

Goofs

Roosevelt is shown in Cuba using a custom nickel-plated and engraved 1873 Peacemaker .44/40 revolver with ivory grips. In fact, Roosevelt carried a much smaller blued-steel .38 caliber Colt revolver, presented to him before departing the united states, by his brother-in-law, a navy officer. The revolver was salvaged from the sunken wreckage of the U.S.S.Maine, the battleship that blew up in Havana harbor under mysterious circumstances and propelled the Untied Staes into the war with Spain. This revolver was on display in Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt's estate in Long Island, until being stolen in the late 1980s. 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

References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Boots and Saddles
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Traditional calvary bugle call
Played several times throughout the film
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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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