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Rough Riders (Dbl DVD)

Special Features

  • Commentary by director/co-writer John Milius and executive producer William J. MacDonald

Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rough Riders" on IMDb

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on September 4, 2002
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As he did in 1975 with "The Wind and the Lion," director and writer John Milius mixes history and adventure in his 1997 production of "Rough Riders," and in both cases the results are enjoyable although over the top at times. Curiously, he focuses on Theodore Roosevelt in both films and creates two of the more interesting interpretations of this famed American. In "Rough Riders," a young and very energetic Roosevelt is played by Tom Berenger (also co-producer) with both distinction and humor. It is perhaps the definitive TR to date. Note, especially TR's opening speech at the Naval War College and his retropsective at the end of the fight for "San Juan Hill." The action scenes are typical Milius, great fun and again at times a bit over the top. The film shifts from overly patriotic to momentary scenes that are clearly critical of American expansionism and jingoism. Milius does make one thing clear, after these events nothing was to be the same. This was a defining moment in American history. Well produced, written and acted, this film could have made it on the big screen rather than television and it should be on DVD! Certainly one of Milius' best efforts, "Rough Riders" is an enjoyable romp.
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150 of 160 people found the following review helpful By TFR VINE VOICE on May 30, 2004
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John Milius did an absolutely amazing job of putting together a film that depicts the establishment and deployment of the 1st U.S. Vounteer Cavalry. Milius has done wonderful justice to his longtime hero, Theodore Roosevelt, who he once said was the embodiment of everything great about America.
As Americans, we take so much of our heritage for granted. In this day and age of our all-volunteer armed forces, high technology and limited warfare, any discussion of our heritage and sacrifice in the blood our ancestors made is neatly compartmentalized for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. This is a shame.
Sometimes, the people who are supposed to be leading us aren't much help, either. Our elected and appointed officials often flounder in the face of bad press without explanation. The end result is that no one can understand how our government can ask people to fight and die in places far away, for causes that sometimes seem to have more to do with whether or not we can maintain our standard of living than anything else. The wars we fight now seem to be fleeting events that come and go. Tragically, the dead are gone, and life goes on without them.

In his various career incarnations as Governor of New York, the Secretary of the Navy, and as President, Roosevelt was always one to inspire controversy. As a Lieutenant Colonel assigned to the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, he was no different. To Roosevelt, war was not the drudgery of hell on earth, but an enobling excercise, one which all Americans should aspire to. Amusingly, after one visit with Roosevelt, author Mark Twain remarked that it was easy to see the Roosevelt was "cleary insane."
Whether you agree or disagree, Tom Berringer is the perfect Roosevelt.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. D Lawson on October 3, 2004
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I thought that this film was just glorious! While it starts out very slow and tedious it more than makes up for it by the last 2/3.

The casting was very good as Busey played a very good Gen. Wheeler (although "Fighting Joe" was a much smaller man in size)

Sam Elliot was a perfect match for Bucky O'Neil. That and Tom Beringer made a very fitting performance of Theodore Roosevelt.

(Who has been called a steamroller in trousers, what a stud of a President was he! We sure could use him today!!)By the by TR was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service at San Juan Hill. It was just 82 years late, but thats the Army for you.

The uniforms and weapons were very accurate to my eye as was the use of terrain.All in all I just hope that this film comes out in DVD soon! Well done to all hands involved!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on April 3, 2000
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"Rough Riders" as you might guess describes the exploits of Teddy Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry unit in the Spanish American War. Berenger, Busey, and Brian Keith all turn in excellent performances as Roosevelt, Joe Wheeler, and the President. However, the movie also shows some excellent research-given that John Milius was a writer as well as director this isn't too surprising. Mr Milius is a weapons collector, and historian as well as a director. The weapons, accoutrements, and uniforms are all authentic for the 1890's. But what I found even more accurate were the Victorian sentiments echoed by the characters: at the beginning of the movie Roosevelt makes a speech about the need for America to assert herself on the world stage as she comes from "warrior races"; later there is a discussion about "the patrician class" needing to be "ennobled" by war. These were commonly held views at the time. The writers wisely refrained from imposing 20th century speech and beliefs on their characters. Certainly the feelings that Americans had at the time about the war would be difficult to understand if they did. The battle sequences are superbly done, while the movie IS about the Rough Riders, the crucial contribution of the all-black 10th Cavalry to the Rough Rider's success both in their early engagements and later at San Juan Hill is well illustrated. However, some scenes were taken right out of every war movie ever made. The first act is basically look-how-this-renegade-band-of-misfits-disdains-army-discipline-to-become-an-outstanding-fighting-organization. I doubt the army of 1898 would have tolerated this anymore than the army of 1998.Read more ›
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German advisors at San Juan Hill?
Of course it's not 100% accurate- the last German killed was the film's historical consultant! I guarantee he was not happy about the inaccuracies, either. I missed out on working on "The Patriot" because of his endless list of inaccuracies that discouraged me.
May 22, 2006 by RWS |  See all 2 posts
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