The Wind and the Lion
The Wind and the Lion (1975)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

Milius's incredible balancing act might have turned very rancid, yet miraculously his mixture of full-blown romanticism and a genial sense of its absurdity produces a deeply satisfying picture.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bogus history lesson that's a mixture of fact and fiction.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

An 'incoherent text' headier than any screen Kipling adaptation

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The marriage of epic romance and the epic romanticization of brutality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Movie making in the old style, with broad brush strokes substituting for detail (and Sean Connery as an Arab chieftain), here is the tale wherein hostages grow… More
Ken Stachnik
The action is great, the dialog crackles, and how can you not live a young Candice Bergen. Also watching Sean Connery playing Mulay Achmed Mohammed el-Raisuli… More
xGary Xx
Based on actual events, The Wind And The Lion is the story of a banished Moroccan chieftan who kidnaps an American woman and her two children in an attempt to… More