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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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

Real casualties of the Rough Riders was forty percent, and many died from malaria, after the battle, because the U.S. would not let them back into the country, finally Theodore Roosevelt was able to get them back to Montauk, New York in a quarantine camp. On the Library of Congress American Memory website, there are early Edison movies of them at the Montauk quarantine camp. 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 »

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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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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Garryowen
(uncredited)
18th Century British drinking and marching song
Performed at the train departure of the Rough Riders
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Milius is back...
20 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Love him or hate him, you have to admit that John Milius has returned in force to make this wonderfully epic movie. He only made two other films (barely) worthy of note: the underrated Flight Of The Intruder and the equally under-rated Farewell To The King. Though directed for television, Rough Riders has all the qualities of a great war epic from the sixties.

What helps Milius is his love of the subject matter. With The Wind And The Lion, Rough Riders feels as though Milius has a deep and abiding love for Theodore Roosevelt. Every frame of this movie gives you the feeling that Milius is working from the heart. His passion and respect for his subject matter illicited the greatest performance of Tom Berenger's career.

If you liked this, do see The Wind And The Lion.


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