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who eventually saw good in Raisuli
on September 25, 2015
3 Stars. From famed writer/storyman [Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), Apocalypse Now (1979), 1941 (1979), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Red Dawn (1984), Clear and Present Danger (1994)] and sometimes director (Conan The Barbarian, Red Dawn) comes an adventure epic with historic facts blended in. Morocco in the early 1900s is the source of conflict between Germany, France, and Britain, who are all trying to establish power and influence in the region. Raisuli (Sean Connery) is the jovial leader of a band of Berbers, who are native to the area, and considers the Sultan corrupt and siding with the Europeans. He abducts Eden Perdicaris (Candice Bergen) and her two children and holds them for an outrageous ransom, attempting to start an international incident to embarrass the Sultan and start a civil war. Unable to negotiate a peaceful return, US President Theodore Roosevelt sends in the military, who take the seat of power from the Sultan. Raisuli, during the hostage exchange, is betrayed and captured by the Germans and Moroccans. Eden, who eventually saw good in Raisuli, convinces the US Marine Captain to team up with the Berbers and rescue Raisuli in and all out war. Milius once again delivers some great action and remarkable lines, especially with Roosevelt’s bear speech. It’s definitely a fun “all American” film that pits the US against the Germans in the end. Sean Connery, who didn’t look like he was a Berber, was fun to watch in a role that is much like his one in The Man Who Would Be King (1975). That movie was directed by John Huston, who also stars in this one. The deserts scenes were shot in the same location as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and some Italian Westerns. The movie was a success in the box office but was eventually outshined by Jaws (1975). This is definitely worth the watch for any Milius fan or someone looking for an adventure movie from that period.