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The Wind and the Lion (1975)

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In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Raisuli
... Eden Pedecaris
... Theodore Roosevelt
... John Hay
... Gummere
... Capt. Jerome
... The Bashaw
... Sherif of Wazan
... Admiral Chadwick
Deborah Baxter ... Alice Roosevelt
Jack Cooley ... Quentin Roosevelt
Chris Aller ... Kermit Roosevelt
Simon Harrison ... William Pedecaris
Polly Gottesman ... Jennifer Pedecaris
... 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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Between the wind and the lion is the woman. For her, half the world may go to war. See more »


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12 September 1975 (Ireland)  »

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John Milius' The Wind and the Lion  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Roosevelt's quote, "Why spoil the beauty of the thing with legality", is paraphrased from a statement made by Philander Knox, Roosevelt's Attorney General from 1901-1904, made in reference to Roosevelt's involvement in the Panamian Revolution and the construction of the Panama Canal. Knox's actual quote went: "Mister President, do not let so great an achievement suffer from any taint of legality." See more »

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When Roosevelt has his hand on a globe, Turkey and Libya are visible, but neither name would appear on a globe in 1904. Also, Greece is spelled "Grece". 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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Opening credits prologue: Tangier October 15, 1904 1:00 pm See more »

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Featured in Behind the Action: Stuntmen in the Movies (2002) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at Roosevelt's birthday party
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Waving the Big Stick
30 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lovely Candace Bergen as the widow Perdicaris are kidnapped and held for ransom by the Sheik Raisuli played by one dashing Sean Connery. The incident comes during 1904 as Theodore Roosevelt runs for election to the presidency in his own right. Needing a good example to show off the muscular foreign policy of the United States, Brian Keith as Roosevelt issues a stunning declaration to the Sultan of Morocco, "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead."

But in this adaptation of that incident the famous declaration is the only true thing about this story. The Perdicaris in question was in reality one Ion Perdicaris who was a Greek immigrant and dilettante playboy. In fact Perdicaris gave up his American citizenship years ago and was back as a Greek national. Never mind that though, his predicament was serviceable enough at the time.

The damsel in distress makes better screen material though so it's a widow woman and her two kids that are in harm's way here. Of course as presented here the incident is also used by some of our European powers to get their foothold into Morocco. The intrigues get far beyond one brigand's demand for ransom.

The Wind and the Lion is hardly history. But it is an enjoyable film and Sean Connery is always fun to watch. Brian Keith also fits my conception of Theodore Roosevelt and the scenes in the Roosevelt White House do ring true to all the stories told. John Huston plays the ever patient Secretary of State John Hay who Roosevelt had inherited from his predecessor William McKinley.

But kids don't use this film to skip reading a history assignment on the Theodore Roosevelt era.


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