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Rough Riders 

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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1997  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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. ...  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
Robert 'Bob' Primeaux ...  Indian Bob 2 episodes, 1997
David Midthunder ...  Indian Tom Isbell 2 episodes, 1997
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 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 Bob Hess ...  French Observer / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Julio Cesar Cedillo ...  Gen. Toral 2 episodes, 1997
Rupert Reyes ...  Gen. Toral's Interpreter / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Richard Reyes Richard Reyes ...  Insurrectionist Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1997
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 Soldier 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
Brian Brooks Brian Brooks ...  Civil Band Member / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Javier Medellin ...  Rough Rider 2 episodes, 1997
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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Trivia

The true story of Lieutenant Pershing, was that he was in charge of the Buffalo Soldiers with Roosevelt. He would became General of the Army in World War I. See more »

Goofs

When training in San Antonio, Texas, the Rough Riders are shown drawing their equipment from the back of horse drawn wagons. In reality, their equipment was issued at The Quadrangle, a limestone structure that was the original army quartermaster depot in that city. The Quadrangle still stands on the post at Fort Sam Houston and serves as headquarters for the US Army North. Peacocks, rabbits and deer freely roam the grounds as they did in the 1800s. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Shafter: Our transport ships haven't even got here yet! And now I hear supplies are still aboard trains? And our quartermaster tells me he has no idea WHICH trains! I've never seen anything like it. My God, I've never seen anything like it in my lifetime!
Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler: That's because nothing like this has ever happened in your lifetime.
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Connections

Version of Teddy the Rough Rider (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Boots and Saddles
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Traditional calvary bugle call
Played several times throughout the film
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Bully!
24 February 2003 | by artzauSee all my reviews

Damn fine film. Some historical points have been stretched a bit, here and there...Bucky O'Neil was a madman who refused to keep his head down and got shot right through his cigarette ... Fighting Joe Wheeler was a bantam rooster of a man (5'3") but with the heart of a lion who did indeed keep referring to the enemy as "the Yankees"...TR's Rough Rider's attack was up the nearby Kettle Hill (Cero de Olla) where they racked the Spanish position across the narrow gully with deadly fire; when the Spanish [and there were about 1,500 men-- not 500, as some reviewer suggested] broke to fall back to Santiago, TR boldly took off alone toward the San Juan Heights (Los Altos de San Juan)having forgotten to give the order to charge...

OK. Enough of History. Yes, Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, was a "looper," as one reviewer puts it, and yes, WR Hearst was a war-baiter-- anything to sell papers and fan the fires of xenophobia... But, hey! This is a damn fine film that captures much of the spirit of that "Bully little war," that launched TR's career into the White House. Tom Berenger is wonderful as the one and only TR who adored by his men (reportedly, on the march into the interior from the coast, TR walked with his men, refusing to ride, through the humid, hot forest and always saw to it that "his boys" were taken care of first. I too noted sadly, the weariness of Brian Keith prior to his suicide, as President McKinley. This film is definitely worth watching again ... and again.


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Country:

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Language:

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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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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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(DVD) (2 parts) | (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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