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5.0 out of 5 stars Release This on DVD, Please, October 31, 2000
This review is from: The Wind and the Lion [VHS] (VHS Tape)
My all time favorite movie and the best movie you've never seen is "The Wind and the Lion" (1975). Written and directed by John Milus (who later wrote "Apocalypse Now" and directed "Conan The Barbarian"), it stars Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, and John Houston. Connery is a Berber chief, Risuli the Magnificent, who kidnaps American Candice Bergen in Morocco in 1906 (or so). Connery wants to force the European powers out of Morocco, which at that time is occupied by the British, French, and Germans, each with different interests. Brain Keith is President Teddy Roosevelt (and he really is) who sends the Marines to Morocco "to get respect." In the end, the Americans and Connery's Berbers make common cause against the Germans.
For me, Brian Keith as Teddy is worth the price of admission all by himself. This movie is well-written, funny, has great line after great line, super characters, and some rousing battle scenes. Plus, the kids can watch it. You really can't go wrong with "The Wind and the Lion." I only wish they'd release it on DVD...
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2008 4:53:24 PM PST
Minuette says:
Thank you Mr. Puttre - you "got it"! I have enjoyed this movie on our old VHS version many times and am now purchasing the DVD. You review is a great contrast to one that gave the movie a reluctant single star - that reviewer was framing her review in current time - the movie makes perfect sense when you remember it takes place in the early 1900's. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 2:55:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2013 3:00:41 PM PDT
The movie ends with the line,
"I (Raisuli), like the lion, must stay in my place,
while you, like the wind, will never know yours."
.. Apparently, that line is meant for Roosevelt,
but it sounds like words between a husband and
wife, in the aftermath of a divorce...
From a song, by Nellie Furtardo :
"I'm like a bird. I don't know where my home is.."
And so, she takes the kids, and leaves him...
Women and children, over here, and "the man" over
there... Some are "fair" while others are "ugly"...
Lions,... how like kings? Crowns made of gold,
perchance to compensate for a lack of blonde
highlights... Movies, make more sense when you
reverse the gender polarity. As in, he's playing
her, and she's playing him.

Posted on May 15, 2014 2:42:28 PM PDT
R. W. Kehr says:
And 14 years later nothing has changed my agreement with your review. I think by the time this was released, Brian Keith had done himself in rather than live his life in a diminished manner. I remember a dedication at the end and my first sighting of the word "raconteur" as a description. When Risuli first appears was one of those hold your breath moments that stays with you through your life.
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