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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
Roosevelt's encounter with Senator Mark Hanna and the French woman Mademoiselle Adler (who loses her flower to Roosevelt's gesticulations) at the dinner party is inspired by a real-life incident, although Roosevelt's wife and Colonel Wood were not present. Much of Hanna's dialogue in the scene - "We'd be at war with half the world if you were President!" - was not actually said to Roosevelt, but to Adler after they left the party (as recorded in her diary). See more »
There are several mirror shots as the Spanish are preparing to defend against the American attack on San Juan and Kettle Hills. In particular, several Spanish soldiers are shown shooting Mausers that are suddenly left-handed, and two other Spaniards feed a Maxim machine gun from the left when the German later tells Roosevelt that the Maxim feeds from the right. 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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Love him or hate him, you have to admit that John Milius has returned in force to make this wonderfully epic movie. He only made two other films (barely) worthy of note: the underrated Flight Of The Intruder and the equally under-rated Farewell To The King. Though directed for television, Rough Riders has all the qualities of a great war epic from the sixties.
What helps Milius is his love of the subject matter. With The Wind And The Lion, Rough Riders feels as though Milius has a deep and abiding love for Theodore Roosevelt. Every frame of this movie gives you the feeling that Milius is working from the heart. His passion and respect for his subject matter illicited the greatest performance of Tom Berenger's career.
If you liked this, do see The Wind And The Lion.
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