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 ...
 Man #2 (2 episodes, 1997)
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 ...
 Sergeant, 71st NY (2 episodes, 1997)
Jamy Myatt ...
 Fish's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Kristi Fleming ...
 Wadsworth's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Kane's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Richard Nance ...
 Cowhand (2 episodes, 1997)
Peter Harrell Jr. ...
 Buffalo sergeant (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Saddlery sergeant (2 episodes, 1997)
Oriana Huron ...
 Castillo's girl (2 episodes, 1997)
Deborah Nunez ...
 Bordello lady (2 episodes, 1997)
Lincoln Lageson ...
 Hearst lackey (2 episodes, 1997)
Chase Casson ...
 Stagecoach passenger (2 episodes, 1997)
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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

Brian Keith's last movie. He did his part a few weeks before his death. In an earlier John Milius movie, "The Wind and the Lion" Keith had played Teddy Roosevelt. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Connections

Version of The Rough Riders (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz (as Theodore August Metz)
Lyrics by Joseph Haydn (as Joe Hayden)
Parody "A Hot Time in Old Santiago Tonight" sung by Rough Riders in Cuba.
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A rousing, splendid account!
19 August 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I cannot overly praise this great motion picture. When I saw it on television, I was amazed at its quality and verve, and eagerly awaited it on video. I was not disappointed.

This is a fantastic motion picture on many levels. The scoring was perfect, and the painstaking, accurate attention to detail in period weapons, uniforms, and accoutrement was obvious.

Though the actual facts of the engagements depicted were a bit different than is portrayed in the film (due to time constraints and for the sake of lucidity), the movie has a genuine 'feel' for Teddy Roosevelt, his famous outfit, and the times they lived in.

Sam Elliott, as Captain Bucky O'Neil, was a standout and should have won an award for his performance. He's always a pleasure to watch on screen, but he infuses his part here with genuine toughness, a wonderful dry humour, and great humanity.

Then again, the entire cast was wonderful, particularly Chris Noth, Brad Johnson, Tom Berenger, Dale Dye, and especially scene-stealer Gary Busey. Watch for the actor who played "Indian Bob"; he has one of the funniest (and most human) lines in the film.

This is the only movie I've ever seen that I wanted to be in, in some capacity. It's that good.


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