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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Series cast summary:
Tom Berenger ...  Theodore Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1997
Sam Elliott ...  Capt. Bucky O'Neil 2 episodes, 1997
Gary Busey ...  Gen. Joseph Wheeler 2 episodes, 1997
Brad Johnson ...  Henry Nash 2 episodes, 1997
Illeana Douglas ...  Edith Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1997
Dale Dye ...  Col. Leonard Wood 2 episodes, 1997
Brian Keith ...  President William McKinley 2 episodes, 1997
George Hamilton ...  William Randolph Hearst 2 episodes, 1997
R. Lee Ermey ...  Secretary of State John Hay 2 episodes, 1997
Nick Chinlund ...  Frederick Remington 2 episodes, 1997
Chris Noth ...  Craig Wadsworth 2 episodes, 1997
Holt McCallany ...  Sgt. Hamilton Fish 2 episodes, 1997
James Parks ...  William Tiffany 2 episodes, 1997
Dakin Matthews ...  Wadsworth, Sr. 2 episodes, 1997
Mark Moses ...  Lt. Woodbury Kane 2 episodes, 1997
William Katt ...  Edward Marshall 2 episodes, 1997
Francesco Quinn ...  Sgt. Rafael Castillo 2 episodes, 1997
Adam Storke ...  Stephen Crane, writer 2 episodes, 1997
Geoffrey Lewis ...  Eli 2 episodes, 1997
Titus Welliver ...  B.F. Goodrich 2 episodes, 1997
Diana Jorge Diana Jorge ...  Mademoiselle Adler 2 episodes, 1997
Eric Allan Kramer ...  Sgt. Henry Bardshar 2 episodes, 1997
Angee Hughes Angee Hughes ...  Sara Bardshar 2 episodes, 1997
Hunter Bentley Hunter Bentley ...  Boyo (GT station) 2 episodes, 1997
Peter Sherayko ...  Brodie 2 episodes, 1997
Troy Curvey Jr. Troy Curvey Jr. ...  Sgt. Buck 2 episodes, 1997
Randy Stripling Randy Stripling ...  Buffalo Soldier 2 episodes, 1997
Willie Dirden Willie Dirden ...  Butler 2 episodes, 1997
Jared Chandler Jared Chandler ...  Capt. Allyn Capron 2 episodes, 1997
Rusty Cox Rusty Cox ...  Captain (Shafter's staff) 2 episodes, 1997
Gary Ragland ...  Captain (trench) 2 episodes, 1997
Art Tamez Art Tamez ...  Castillo Sr. 2 episodes, 1997
Patrick Gorman ...  Colonel, 71st NY 2 episodes, 1997
Rick Dano ...  Colonel (Shafter's staff) 2 episodes, 1997
Carlos Compean ...  Cuban rebel 2 episodes, 1997
Michael Greyeyes ...  Delchaney (Apache) 2 episodes, 1997
Julie Wilson ...  Mrs. Fish 2 episodes, 1997
Pablo Espinosa ...  Frederick Funston 2 episodes, 1997
Greg Krutilek Greg Krutilek ...  Admiral (at the White House) 2 episodes, 1997
Brady Coleman ...  General (Shafter's staff) 2 episodes, 1997
Brian Schmeck Brian Schmeck ...  Capt. Grimes 2 episodes, 1997
Robert Strane Robert Strane ...  Sen. Hanna 2 episodes, 1997
Jack Watkins ...  Harry Hefues 2 episodes, 1997
Bob Primeaux ...  Indian Bob 2 episodes, 1997
David Midthunder ...  Indian Tom Isbell 2 episodes, 1997
Mark Dalton Mark Dalton ...  Kid at rail siding 2 episodes, 1997
Lonnie Rodriguez Lonnie Rodriguez ...  Capt. Max Luna 2 episodes, 1997
Paul Menzel Paul Menzel ...  Major 2 episodes, 1997
Will Wallace ...  Man #1 (delivers news to Hearst) 2 episodes, 1997
Rutherford Cravens ...  Man #2 2 episodes, 1997
Ted J. Crum Ted J. Crum ...  Old codger 2 episodes, 1997
Brian Brown ...  Man at San Antonio station 2 episodes, 1997
Todd Royal Todd Royal ...  Man 2 episodes, 1997
Buck Taylor ...  George Neville 2 episodes, 1997
Billy Driver Billy Driver ...  New Mexico man 2 episodes, 1997
Charles Sanders Charles Sanders ...  Newsman 2 episodes, 1997
Michael A. Stephens Michael A. Stephens ...  Opposing man 2 episodes, 1997
Adam Reid ...  Orderly 2 episodes, 1997
Wally Welch ...  Other New Mexico man 2 episodes, 1997
Jim Morse Jim Morse ...  Lt. James Parker 2 episodes, 1997
Marshall R. Teague ...  Black Jack Pershing 2 episodes, 1997
Stephen Bridgewater ...  Sgt. Polk 2 episodes, 1997
Curtis Akin ...  Quartermaster 2 episodes, 1997
John Barnett John Barnett ...  Rough Rider (in jungle) 2 episodes, 1997
Tom Williams Tom Williams ...  Sergeant (Exhibition Hall) 2 episodes, 1997
Patrick Falci Patrick Falci ...  Rough Rider (at campfire) 2 episodes, 1997
Rodger Boyce ...  Gen. Shafter 2 episodes, 1997
Louis Gusemano Louis Gusemano ...  Spaniard 2 episodes, 1997
Damon Collazo Damon Collazo ...  Steward 2 episodes, 1997
Larry Randolph Larry Randolph ...  Col. Swayles 2 episodes, 1997
Darin Heames ...  Lt. William Wheeler 2 episodes, 1997
Tiani Warden Tiani Warden ...  Woman in stagecoach 2 episodes, 1997
Danny Kamin ...  Gen. Young 2 episodes, 1997
Timberlake Lewis Timberlake Lewis ...  British observer 2 episodes, 1997
Bob Hess ...  French observer 2 episodes, 1997
Julio Cesar Cedillo ...  Gen. Toral 2 episodes, 1997
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Jake Cavelle Jake Cavelle ...  Other insurgent 2 episodes, 1997
Whit Edwards Whit Edwards ...  Sergeant, 71st NY 2 episodes, 1997
Jamy Myatt Jamy Myatt ...  Fish's girl 2 episodes, 1997
Kristi Fleming Kristi Fleming ...  Wadsworth's girl 2 episodes, 1997
Ellen Locy ...  Kane's girl 2 episodes, 1997
Richard Nance Richard Nance ...  Cowhand 2 episodes, 1997
Peter Harrell Jr. Peter Harrell Jr. ...  Buffalo sergeant 2 episodes, 1997
Raliegh Wilson ...  Saddlery sergeant 2 episodes, 1997
Oriana Huron Oriana Huron ...  Castillo's girl 2 episodes, 1997
Deborah Nunez Deborah Nunez ...  Bordello lady 2 episodes, 1997
Lincoln Lageson Lincoln Lageson ...  Hearst lackey 2 episodes, 1997
Chase Casson Chase Casson ...  Stagecoach passenger 2 episodes, 1997
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Christopher Watson Christopher Watson ...  Flag Carrier / ... 2 episodes, 1997
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Storyline

In 1898, the U.S. 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.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teddy Roosevelt & the Rough Riders See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) (2 parts) | (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Besides being a feared and well-respected lawman, Bucky O'Neill had also been an Indian scout and the Mayor of Prescott, Arizona, as well as a self-educated, very well-read and multi-lingual man (speaking French, Spanish, and several Indian languages). He and Roosevelt became fast friends and spent much of their time in the campaign discussing military history, Indian customs, and classic European literature. See more »

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Theodore Roosevelt had been an infantry company commander in the New York National Guard in the early 1880s; although he may have been out of practice in giving commands, he was no neophyte to the Army. 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

Version of The Rough Riders (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz (as Theodore August Metz)
Lyrics by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Joe Hayden)
Parody "A Hot Time in Old Santiago Tonight" sung by Rough Riders in Cuba.
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Spectacular as a history film
26 January 2003 | by rgeniniSee 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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