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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.
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on June 20, 2014
"The Wind and The Lion" uniquely has one foot in old Hollywood and the other in the New Hollywood of the 1970s. It is a great and rousing action adventure with humor and history added to the mix. But most especially, it was an old fashion attempt to make the type of movie they weren't making, even back in 1975. Sean Connery, in between his stardom from James Bond and his later resurgence, positively drips charisma as an Arad chief. If you can take away some of the obvious odd elements - an Arab with a slight Scottish brogue, for instance - this is a totally enjoyable experience. Candice Bergman holds down her part as the slightly stuffy but resilient American matriarch and Brian Keith hits it out of the park as Teddy Roosevelt. High adventure (that word again, but the only real descriptive that applies) and well directed by a talented but spotty director, John Milius. In retrospect, this was perhaps his finest moment.
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on March 25, 2014
"The Wind and the Lion" is an old-school adventure movie that will appeal to many, with Sean Connery owning the screen as Raisuli, a Bedouin chieftain who longs for freedom of the open dessert and the nomadic existence he once led. In his waning years, he is The Wind of the title, feeling trapped by the politics and drying resources of the land around him. In an act that defies his nephew, Abdelaziz, he kidnaps Eden Perdicaris (Candice Bergen) and her two young children, William and Jennifer. He sends a ransom note to American President Teddy Roosevelt (Brian Keith), who uses the situation as an aid at re-election. Roosevelt is The Lion, standing fast against the winds of change that Raisuli fights against. Eden and Raisuli are thrown together, and the widow begins to have feelings for the older, wiser Raisuli. She tries to escape and is captured by another tribe, eager for the ransom money being offered for the family's safe return. She is rescued by Raisuli, who sweeps her onto the front of his horse in an old-world scene that charges the screen.
I would go on, but I don't want to give too much away. If you like adventure and G-rated romance, this is the movie for you.
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on October 22, 2012
Sean Connery as always, never acted in a poorly-produced movie yet. In this particular film, the clothing of the period (1904) is historically correct and very accurate for detail. Brian Keith is almost a clone of Teddy Roosevelt and the politics of the period are also historical facts. If you like historical drama and period pieces, this is a movie for you. It is action-packed and except for certain scenes where the Berbers' bad habit of beheading people is seen, it is an adventure overall. As movies go these days, those produced in the 1980s seemed mild where violence and blood are concerned. This is definitely a seven star film in a scale of 1 - 10.
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on June 3, 2015
Excellent movie; well done with many accurate historical representations. Would have given it 5 stars if the portrayal had been more historically accurate: the captured were two men rather than a woman with her two children.
The internecine struggles of the locals is contrasted with the political electioneering of Teddy Roosevelt and the internal machinations of the American government.
It was indeed a very different time in history, what with the European powers jostling for local power and position and competing with the Americans with their young and brash flexing of military strength in the afterglow of the Spanish-American War.
I did enjoy the movie.
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on May 16, 2014
Great cinematography is enhanced by the blu-ray transfer on this classic me the scenes between Connery and Bergen are not as interesting as the scenes in the US with Teddy and John Hay. What magnificent dialogue when Teddy explains to a reporter that Americans will never be liked but hopefully respected.

The capture of the Sultan's palace by a company of US Marines is one of my favorite scenes in any movie.Thank you Warner Archives for this great Blu Ray....we have been waiting for this.
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on January 21, 2002
The Wind and the Lion is a film that is greater than the sum of it's all star cast. Brian Keith, Sean Connery, John Huston and Candice Bergen are the principle figures in the film but they are supported by a very capable second team of character actors
that gives even more depth to the film. The actual events portrayed are only somewhat accurate. This might be viewed as a "what if" type of film.

Sean Connery as Rizuli, the "Lord of the Rif" is outstanding and quite different from his mostly James Bond casting up until that point. While classes as a bandit, he is also the uncle of the Sultan of Morocco - a quite immature young man as portrayed. in the film who has great memories of his times with his "uncle". It was an early, and possibly unintentional example, of the convoluted nature of Mid-East and African politics. Connery portrays a man of great dignity and personal honor who, in a way, although classified as a bandit, is likeable and charming. He grows on you - from the first scene all the way until the voice over narration at the end. He exhibits and exudes majesty.

John Huston as John Hay is another exceptional portrayal. He is shown doing his best to prevent an all out war but I think one can see the grandstanding going on for the sake of the diplomatic corps then in Washington. He makes the typical "Ugly American" mistake of assuming that the Japanese Military Attache' does not speak English and is put in his place quite nicely by the attace' at a luncheon.

Brian Keith is terrific as Theodore Roosevelt and gives not only a fine perfromance of the man, but captures the spirit of America then and now. The analagy to the grizzly bear is quite effective and moving. His problems with the fitting of his rifle are quite amusing as well as his difficulty in getting them resolved. One would think that even in the 1900s the President could get better customer service than was portrayed. His problem with his vision is portrayed in a very interesting way and depends on the young girl playing Alice Roosevelt to make it work. Roosevelt and the family at the rifle range is well done - musical selections played by the Marine band to the accompaniement of rifle fire makes a nice contrast and could be seen as pointing out the contradictions in Roosevelt as a person.

Candice Bergen is fine as Eden Pedicaris, even though historically 100% wrong. The person she portrayed was actually a man who was a naturalized American citizen who was Greek originally. She is a bit of a Murphy Brown charecter even in 1975, but does it well. Yet what makes her role work is the fine performances by the young boy and girl who represent her children. The children give Bergen greater scope to show her charecter. The children even start to undergo something of a "Stockholm Syndrome" as they start to become comfortable with their captors - the boy is given a dagger by one of the guards and looks at Connery as something of a father figure.

The hurly-burly of Moroccan politics is protrayed quite well. The German cavalry and French infantry are shown in great force. The US intervention is one of those moments that makes you want to sit and cheer as the Marines take on first, the Moroccan Army and then later the German cavalry. The meeting between the US diplomats in Morocco and the Navy and Marine representatives is an excellent portrayal of diplomats wanting a military sloution without getting into any fighting.

This is a movie that has just about something for everyone, even for those who viewed or view the United States as less than benevolent power, but, for the vast majority of us, it was an entertaining film that portrays versatility of Connery, Bergen, Houston and Keith in a way not usually seen. I recommend it for everyone but bearing in mind that its actual relation to history is tenuous at best - Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay and Rizuli existed but this portrayal is totally fictional. But still it is worth several viewings.

Five years after writing this review, I think of some of the things that the character of Theodore Roosvelt is saying and wondering if someone had a crystal ball and was looking 30 years into the future. Listen to the words about America and it's audacity and then think of Iraq. American certainly charged into that country with audacity and made a lot of enemies in the process.
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on April 28, 2017
Favorite movie. The Marine's march through the town is used by the Officer Candidate School. The way America handled things before Political Correctness.
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on October 6, 2016
Such a classic! Sean Connery and Candace Bergen in a kinda Western feeling movie. Takes place in Africa during the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt, and deals with the nomad tribes and the white settlers. Great feel, slightly melodramatic. Yes it's an older movie, but it's a phenomenal movie, just know you're not getting bombs and CGI. Which if you're looking at this you probably don't need to know, but hey, you never know :) Great movie, and the music is amazing
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on December 9, 2013
There is nothing not to love about this film. Sean Connery is fantastic and the supporting cast (even Candice Bergen) is great. Heck, even the children are good. It's got action and repressed passion and honor and beautiful camera work. A true work of art. "If there is to be treachery Allah will not leave my side, buy you must. Bring the Mahallah. Let there be Jihad. Let the swords run with the blood of the infidels. We will all eat lamb in paradise." Or some such. Who gets to say stuff like that anymore?! Gorgeous, from the opening scene to very end.
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