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Rousing Adventure with a Touch of Romance,
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Well, I wait patiently for this movie to be released on DVD. In the meantime, I keep the VCR so I can watch this movie for the umpteenth time. In many ways, this screen adaption of actual events seems more appropriate to be viewed in these times. The movie is a VERY loose depiction of actual events: the kidnapping of an American businessman in Morocco. Look beyond that and you will find a story that reflects admirably on the antagonists. Candice Bergen plays the (subtle) potential love interest of the Raizuli, and well, Sean Connery, is Sean Connery, in the best tradition of a Scostman playing an Arab. Anyway, Brian Keith's portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt makes you wish he were still alive so you could vote for him in the next election. This is one of my all time favorites and it makes you feel good to be an American (not wanting to be jingoistic or anything). The movie does depict an era when international politics was not so seemingly complicated as they are now. The portayal of Arab Muslims is fair: good and bad traits, as in all people on this planet. The depiction of the Marines coming ashore, is well, one of the best (unintentional) recruiting tools for the USMC. I understand these scenes use (still?) to be shown at USMC Officer Candidate School. This is a truly enjoyable film.
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2009 3:32:30 PM PDT
Johnny D says:
I graduated from the Marine Corps OCS in Quantico, VA. No, the Corps does not show any of these scenes, nor have I heard of it being used as a recruiting tool. Nonetheless it is a good movie.
Posted on Jan 10, 2012 5:37:45 PM PST
I graduated OCS in '91, and remember distinctly being shown the Marines coming ashore scene as an attention getter in Amphibious Tactics class at The Basic School. I am nearing 20 years in the USMC, am now a LtCol, and continue to enjoy this movie. I have witnessed it's use by Marines in a number of different venues, even at a Tailhook once to get a rise out of the our Navy bretheren (they get to follow in trail while the Marines do all the hand to hand fighting!). The other film I remember seeing at both OCS and TBS was the scene from The Great Santini (Robert Duvall) where he spills the Cream of Mushroom soup on the band leader's shoes and orders his squadron-mates to dig in ("Chow's on me, hogs!") That was Customs & Courtesies Class, by the way.
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