An Arab chief triggers an international incident when he kidnaps an American widow and her children.

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John Milius

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John Milius
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Raisuli
Candice Bergen ... Eden Pedecaris
Brian Keith ... Theodore Roosevelt
John Huston ... John Hay
Geoffrey Lewis ... Gummere
Steve Kanaly ... Capt. Jerome
Vladek Sheybal ... The Bashaw
Nadim Sawalha ... Sherif of Wazan
Roy Jenson ... Admiral Chadwick
Deborah Baxter ... Alice Roosevelt
Jack Cooley Jack Cooley ... Quentin Roosevelt
Chris Aller Chris Aller ... Kermit Roosevelt
Simon Harrison Simon Harrison ... William Pedecaris
Polly Gottesman Polly Gottesman ... Jennifer Pedecaris
Antoine Saint-John ... Von Roerkel (as Antoine St. John)
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At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention. Written by Anonymous

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Captain Jerome (Steve Kanaly) was based on the real-life Marine Major John Twiggs Myers, who commanded the Marines in Tangier during the Pedicaris incident. Myers' exploits in China were also portrayed on film, in 55 Days at Peking (1963), where the character played by Charlton Heston was also based on Myers. Myers retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant General. See more »

Goofs

When Raisuli tells his story one of his men refers to him as "Siyyid," which means he is a descendant of 'Alí. Yet Raisuli does not wear Siyyidi green, until he is in his own house. See more »

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[first lines]
Eden: Don't you agree that the most important part of the meal is the wine? Everything must follow the wine. And in this case, I should favor a Red Bordeaux.
Sir Joseph: A Red Bordeaux at lunch? Your late husband would never have approved.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Tangier October 15, 1904 1:00 pm See more »

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Love's Old Sweet Song
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Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
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For the Whole Family - A Wonderful "American" Adventure Yarn
24 June 2003 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

We usually think of the British as the experts at rendering great adventure from the Imperial age, with the likes of The Four Feathers (1939) and Zulu, simply because the Imperial age was, for the most part, British. Here, in The Wind and the Lion, we see a wonderful rendering of America's own Imperial age.

America's projection of power under Teddy Roosevelt is the backdrop for this conventional tale of the kidnapped damsel who, despite her gentility, is smitten by the rough, manly nobility of her captor, who in turn is disarmed by her beauty and scorn. (Politically correct prigs eager to see some slight of "native" peoples or cultures can rest assured, that the way Arabs and Muslims are depicted here is far more flattering than the way their modern counterparts depict themselves on the current world stage.) What makes this story different are the terrific production values - faultless photography, composition and editing - the terrific casting - the underappreciated Brian Keith playing a bully Teddy - and vivid history.

Though The Wind and the Lion is told largely through the eyes of the son, every member of the family can identify with one of the characters, whether it be Sean Connery's noble brigand, Candace Bergen's feisty heroine, John Huston's wily John Hay or Steve Kanaly's spiffy, radiant, ruthless can-do lieutenant, Roosevelt's "Big Stick". There is a transcendent scene at the end, when the little boy is symbolically swept away by the dashing Moor on his white steed. This is high adventure at its best.


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Release Date:

26 June 1975 (UK) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

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2.39 : 1
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