Wind and the Lion

Wind and the Lion

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Director: John Milius

Cast: John Milius, Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith

     
 

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John Milius directs the 1975 costume adventure The Wind and the Lion, released on DVD for the first time on Warner Home Video. Presented with a widescreen color transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English. Subtitles available in English, French, and Spanish. There are no special features, but this is a welcome DVD for an Academy Award-winning film.See more details below

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Overview

John Milius directs the 1975 costume adventure The Wind and the Lion, released on DVD for the first time on Warner Home Video. Presented with a widescreen color transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English. Subtitles available in English, French, and Spanish. There are no special features, but this is a welcome DVD for an Academy Award-winning film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Once a while, a film resurfaces or is come upon that proves to be incredibly effective and powerful not because of any specific aspect of its plot or characters, but because during the passage of time, history has proven the film to be either prescient or an eerie parallel to current events. Produced in the mid-'70s, The Wind and the Lion, when viewed through the prism of today, is practically a mirror image of goings-on in the Middle East. The film, written and directed by John Milius, tells the true story (with some adjustments) of an American woman (Candice Bergen) and her children, who are abducted in Morocco by a Berber chieftain played by Sean Connery. This act leads to an overblown military response by the Americans, led by President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of State John Hay played incredibly effectively by Brian Keith and John Huston, respectively. Keith in particular captures the spirit of Roosevelt to a tee. In their desire to assert the power of America across the globe in a re-election year for Roosevelt, the Marines invade Morocco and take over. Insert Bush for Roosevelt and Osama bin Laden for the Connery character, and it's downright creepy. It's to the film's benefit that modern viewers can draw these parallels, because there are a lot of holes that are covered over by them. Bergen's character goes through a change that isn't really very believable, and Connery as the chieftain loses some authenticity every time he speaks with his usual Scottish accent. It gives off the aura of a sort of low-budget epic. The sets and costumes are all impressive, but the overall look of the film seems muted. The ending in particular is rather powerful, and Milius puts dialogue in the mouths of his actors that sends chills down the spine when one is reminded that history is more or less repeating itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/2004
UPC:
0012569562226
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
13,018

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Commentary by writer/director John Milius; Vintage making-of featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Raisuli the Magnificent
Candice Bergen Eden Pedecaris
Brian Keith Theodore Roosevelt
John Huston John Hay
Geoffrey Lewis Gummere
Steve Kanaly Capt. Jerome
Vladek Sheybal The Bashaw of Tangier
Nadim Sawalha Sherif
Roy Jenson Admiral Chadwick
Polly Gottesman Jennifer Pedecaris
Jack Cooley Roosevelt Child
Charlie Bravo Decapitated Arab
Anita Colby Station Woman
James Mitchell Gummere's Aide
Ricardo Palacios Torres
Charles Stalnaker Actor
Alex C. Weldon Elihu Root
Bill Williams Sir Joseph
Antoine St. John Von Roerkel
Allen Russell Aides
Howard Hagan Diplomat
Carl Rapp Station Man
Felipe Solano Pock-faced Arab
Juan Cazalilla Chef
Deborah Baxter Alice Roosevelt
Chris Aller Kermit Roosevelt
Simon Harrison William Pedecaris
Aldo Sambrell Ugly Arab
Luis Barboo Gayaan the Terrible
Darrell Fetty Dreighton
Marc Zuber The Sultan
Shirley Rothman Edith Roosevelt
Larry Cross Henry Cabot Lodge
Akio Mitamura Japanese General
Ben Tatar Sketch Artist

Technical Credits
John Milius Director,Screenwriter
Roy Charman Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Herb Jaffe Producer
Richard La Motte Costumes/Costume Designer
Gil Parrondo Production Designer
Phil Rawlins Producer
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Robert Wolfe Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:00]
2. Raid on Tangier [2:55]
3. Hostages [3:13]
4. Do Not Laugh [2:31]
5. What America Wants [3:08]
6. Great Deal of Trouble [5:16]
7. Diplomatic Lions [2:30]
8. Not a Barbarous Man [5:40]
9. American Interests [2:24]
10. Sleeping Arrangements [2:58]
11. Raisuli's Plan [:02]
12. Bears and Americans [5:26]
13. Audience With the Sultan [3:01]
14. American Wind [5:41]
15. American Grizzly [4:06]
16. Military Intervention [3:39]
17. Night Escape [4:34]
18. Prisoners Again [3:08]
19. One-Man Attack [3:19]
20. Both Bluffers [3:44]
21. Invasion Force [2:15]
22. Dangerous Occupiers [4:51]
23. Admirable Enemies [3:55]
24. Campfire Tales [3:55]
25. Respect in Decline [3:02]
26. Exchanging Names [4:23]
27. Quite Outnumbered [3:58]
28. Her Intention [6:09]
29. Battling the Germans [3:38]
30. I'll See You Again [4:36]
31. The Wind and the Lion [4:05]
32. End Credits [3:26]

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