The Wind and the Lion 1975

The Wind and the Lion

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John Milius fictionalizes the historical story of President Roosevelt's attempts to deal with the kidnapping of an American citizen by a Moroccan Sheikh. Leaving cynicism way behind, Milius veers away from conspiracy theories and turns instead to adventure with plenty of action.

Cast & Crew

Sean Connery
Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli
Candice Bergen
Eden Pedecaris
Brian Keith
Theodore Roosevelt
Geoffrey Lewis
Samuel Gummere
Steve Kanaly
Capt. Jerome
Nadim Sawalha
Sherif of Wazan
Roy Jenson
Admr. French Ensor Chadwick
Deborah Baxter
Alice Roosevelt
John Milius
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Billy Williams
Cinematographer
Robert L. Wolfe
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Jerry Goldsmith
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  • Jul 15, 2015
    Movie making in the old style, with broad brush strokes substituting for detail (and Sean Connery as an Arab chieftain), here is the tale wherein hostages grow to care for their kidnappers. Connery is dashing as the bandit and Candice Bergen is sufficiently outraged at first, until she begins to admire the head chopping sheik who burbles those classic words of love, "You're a great deal of trouble, Mrs. Pedecaris," in a Scottish brogue. Okay, so there's some points of quibbling here, yet and still the overall effort is an winning one, successfully engaging the viewers into something akin to majesty. I like this politically incorrect bit of dash.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2007
    Based on actual events, The Wind And The Lion is the story of a banished Moroccan chieftan who kidnaps an American woman and her two children in an attempt to rid his country of its occupying European forces resulting in a stand off between he and president Roosevelt. Written and directed by John Milius who was responsible for scripts as diverse as Apocalypse Now and Conan The Barbarian, this film contains his typically clever dialogue and political subtext as well as a healthy dose of rousing action. There is a satirical commentary on colonialism in general as well as America's role as self-appointed world policeman; Roosevelt is shown as a man more interested in self-aggrandisement and bluster than justice, all too ready to send in the troops to stamp his will on the rest of the world (the American's glorious "victory" is against a hugely inferior and unprepared force. Plus ca change...) His opponent is played by Sean Connery at his most charismatic, and Candice Bergen ably fills a role originally intended for Katherine Hepburn as the kidnapped woman who grows to understand the man and realises he is no savage, but an honourable and educated leader of men. Add a great supporting cast and a rousing score, it's in turns funny, clever and exciting making this adventure from the old school at it's most stirring.
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  • May 16, 2007
    The action is great, the dialog crackles, and how can you not live a young Candice Bergen. Also watching Sean Connery playing Mulay Achmed Mohammed el-Raisuli the Magnificent with a Scottish accent is hilarious. But, I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about all the characters. I mean this is a movie where we almost start WW1 over a girl and her two kids. It's a movie where I'm supposed to sympathize with a guy who beheads two guys almost directly after we meet him. Still great fun. And I believe this is the first instance of blood splattering on the camera lens, to the best of my knowledge.
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