The Wind and the Lion
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"The Wind And The Lion is a neat mixture of romanticization and realpolitik [...] The film is memorable for its action scenes [...] but also for the reflective moments from which those action scenes are born."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"A kind of big-budget, all-star extravaganza the equivalent of which we really don't have today -- and for which mainstream movies are a little worse off."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An 'incoherent text' headier than any screen Kipling adaptation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The marriage of epic romance and the epic romanticization of brutality."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A bogus history lesson that's a mixture of fact and fiction."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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