The Wind and the Lion (1975)




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In the early 1900s, an American businessman was kidnapped by a rebellious Arab chieftain, principally as a means to embarrass the Sultan of Morocco. This abduction sparked the threat of armed intervention by President Theodore Roosevelt, which was never carried out. This film re-creates these events.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Milius
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


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as Eden Pedecaris

as Theodore Roosevelt

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as Admiral Chadwick

as Alice Roosevelt

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as William Pedecaris

as Von Roerkel

as Ugly Arab

as Gayaan the Terrible

as Dreighton

as The Sultan

as Sir Joseph

as Edith Roosevelt

as Marine Sergeant

as Henry Cabot Lodge

as Elihu Root

as Japanese General

as President's Aide

as Miss Hitchcock

as Sketch Artist

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as Diplomat

as Mountain Man

as Station Man

as Gummere's Aide

as Station Woman

as UK Military Adviser

as Pockmarked Arab

as Decapitated Arab

as Philippe

as Jennifer Pedecaris

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Critic Reviews for The Wind and the Lion

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Milius's incredible balancing act might have turned very rancid, yet miraculously his mixture of full-blown romanticism and a genial sense of its absurdity produces a deeply satisfying picture.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Parallax View

The Wind And The Lion is a neat mixture of romanticization and realpolitik [...] The film is memorable for its action scenes [...] but also for the reflective moments from which those action scenes are born.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
The Dissolve

An 'incoherent text' headier than any screen Kipling adaptation

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

A bogus history lesson that's a mixture of fact and fiction.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Wind and the Lion


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. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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