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The Wind and the Lion

  • Drama
  • 1975
  • John Milius
  • 113 mins
  • PG

Summary

Period adventure starring Sean Connery and Candice Bergen. Tangier 1904: an American widow and her two children are kidnapped in a daring raid and held for ransom by Mulay El Raisuli, an outlawed Berber chieftain. As international tension rises, President Theodore Roosevelt decides to intervene with swift military action.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In this stunning desert adventure, Sean Connery stars as the Berber chieftain who kidnaps an American woman (Candice Bergen in a role intended for Katharine Hepburn) and incurs the wrath of US President Teddy Roosevelt, who sends the"big stick" into Morocco. Written and directed by John Milius, this brilliant satire on colonialism pays due tribute to such diverse movies as Lawrence of Arabia and the samurai epics of Akira Kurosawa, and manages to be both funny and thrilling; it's also an insightful look at America's role as world policeman. Connery gives what may be his most charismatic performance ever, and Brian Keith is deeply in period as the one-eyed, bear-hunting, gung-ho president. Add to this a soaring Jerry Goldsmith score and some marvellous locations and you have one of the most enjoyable movies of the 1970s.

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Credits

Cast

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Mulay El RaisuliSean Connery
Eden PedecarisCandice Bergen
Theodore RooseveltBrian Keith
John HayJohn Huston
GummereGeoffrey Lewis
Captain JeromeSteve Kanaly
Admiral ChadwickRoy Jenson
BashawVladek Sheybal
DreightonDarrell Fetty
Sherif of WazanNadim Sawalha
Von RoerkelAntoine St John
WilliamSimon Harrison
JenniferPolly Gottesman
Ugly arabAldo Sambrell

Crew

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DirectorJohn Milius

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Warner Dists
Guidance
Edited for violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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