- SKU: 6120743
- Release Date: 01/06/2004
Ratings & Reviews
- Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
- Commentary by writer/director John Milius
- Vintage making-of featurette
- Theatrical trailer
In the early 1900s, an American businessman was kidnapped by a rebellious Arab chieftain, principally as a means to embarrass the sultan of Morocco. This abduction sparked the threat of armed intervention by President Theodore Roosevelt, which was never carried out. In The Wind and the Lion, the unattractive male captive is replaced by the gorgeous female Mrs. Pedecaris, an American widow played by Candice Bergen. The ruthless but essentially decent Arab chief Raisuli is portrayed by Sean Connery, while Teddy Roosevelt is depicted as a jingoistic blowhard by Brian Keith. The film's main theme -- that of America's emergence as a world power -- is largely secondary to the growing mutual-respect relationship between Mrs. Pedecaris and Raisuli. After releasing his hostage, Raisuli is himself captured by German forces, who at the behest of the Kaiser are seeking out methods of laying the groundwork for what would evolve into World War I. Mrs. Pedecaris must then help Raisuli escape. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Sean Connery - Raisuli the Magnificent
- Candice Bergen - Eden Pedecaris
- Brian Keith - Theodore Roosevelt
- John Huston - John Hay
- Geoffrey Lewis - Gummere
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