The Wind and the Lion

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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.
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 1/6/2004
  • UPC: 012569562226
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,212

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
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Writer/Director John Milius
      Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian Keith is the Definitive Teddy Roosevelt

    Great plot, great characters, wonderful soundtrack and sweeping settings make this one move that will appeal to just about every audience. Brian Keith is a thoroughly believable President Theodore Roosevelt, Candice Bergen is perfect as a strong-willed American expatriate taken hostage with her children by a Berber rebel chieftain, and Sean Connery is more convincing than you might expect as the Berber. Not especially accurate history, but that hardly matters. I have no idea if the overall depiction of Islam is accurate, but the presentation on the whole is definitely thought-provoking and timely even so many years later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Most Highly Under-rated Movies of All Time

    This is an EXCELLENT movie! It has it all...great action, great story line, great actors (Sean Connery and Candice Bergen), breath-taking cinematography, beautiful musical score, a wonderful romantic tale- the chemistry between Connery's and Bergen's characters is great...and a plot that applies as aptly today as it did when it was made nearly thirty years ago, (although it was set during the turn of the twentieth century, during Teddy Roosevelt's era). GREAT FILM! I can't recommend it enough!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent DVD of fine film

    An outstanding film gets a terrific treatment on DVD. My only complaint is I wish there was more of a documentary regarding the making of the film instead of the short film that was made during the making of it. Still, we finally get to see one of the finest adventure films ever in widescreen, along with one of Connery's greatest performances. Bergen's a bit stiff, but she hadn't developed as an actress by 1975. Then again, it could have been her part. However, kudos go to Brian Keith, who steals the show, which wasn't the easiest thing to do, when you consider his scenes were all played with John Huston. All in all, an outstanding adventure film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Alost serves as a "training film" for the US Military.

    Alost serves as a "training film" for the US Military... Bush/Bin Laden? C'mon. Not even close. Connery does a great job, but to be sure (having been "over there," moslem men in the out back anyway, do not treat women at all well. Certainly not as the movie portrays... Tougher than nails Marines with bayonets, and without reporters? That's the way "diplomacy" used to be done though.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a story richly told

    This is fine story well told. And it's a lot of fun.

    I saw it when it first came out, and I liked it. Now, after a second viewing, and the director's cut, I respect and treasure it.

    I think it matters that Director Milius wrote it. I like very much how as the plot unfolds, the time and place are continually enriched by the dialog and characterizations surrounding the three main characters - Connery, Keith, and Bergen, as they walk through the plot.

    One thing of particular interest, which I did not remember when I first saw the movie well over 20 years ago, was the ransom.

    At the very least, the movie is an enjoyable way to see two cultures and people doing their thing.

    BTW, I originally watched it again only for the photography. Alongside Lawrence of Arabia. Both were worth revisiting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my all time favorite

    This film is fantastic, the veiws and vistas are stunning! thanks mil

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Need DVD version of this fine film

    This is an excellent adventure movie, with an underlying love story. Outstanding acting and great quality production. What it needs is a DVD version.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2003

    Waiting for the Widescreen DVD to make it 5 stars

    Excellent adventure with rousing romantic score. Character play and stars will have women watching it too (so says my wife). Well worth the money, but it's formatted for TV screen and loses its cinematic impact. Put it on DVD in Widescreen format and I'll buy that too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    A Sweeping Desert Adventure

    Milius is well-known for the macho, jingoistic slant to his films (Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn). The era of Gunboat Diplomacy is exceptionally well suited to this approach. Candice Bergen and Sean Connery are commendable for delivering memorable performances, but it is Brian Keith who steals the show. He will remain forever in my mind as Teddy Roosevelt. The film made me curious to research the era -- the highest compliment! The musical score itself is a character -- easily better than my recent favorite, Howard Shore's exemplary work for The Two Towers . The musical themes are equally as grand as the classic Lawrence of Arabia, from which I don't doubt the composer found inspiration. This film was shown on TNT in widescreen/letterbox format -- where is the VHS widescreen, if the DVD is still unavailable?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    waiting for DVD !

    One of my top 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    A ''Must have movie'' for your collection

    I saw this movie not long after it came out. It was one of the first I bought in VHS format when they came out. The story line is great, acting is great. Candice is great (and beautiful as ever in this movie) and Sean is at his best. Get it, you won't regret it. I can't imagine why its taking so long to come out in DVD, I'm waiting to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    DVD Please ?!

    I can't believe that such an excellent film is not in DVD format!!! Make it happen and watch sales increase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Needs to be released in DVD!

    Tremendous film. It's probably the best Sean Connery film nobody ever saw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Action plus love story

    Loved it and so did my wife. Great action. Romance. Humor. Memorable quotes. Very anxious for the DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Stunning

    This is an awesome film in terms of cinematography and soundtrack, and has memorable performances by Bergen, Connery, Huston, and Keith. It covers (with an expected amount of creative license)events in Morocco at the turn of the century. Included in the story are sultans, palaces, battleships, United States Marines, European troops, Islamic tribesmen, lions...you name it! This movie is a must...and WHEN will it be availabe on DVD? Does anyone know?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Great Movie, Needs to be on DVD

    I love this move and watch it over and over. I hope it comes out on DVD real soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    Would be great in DVD

    I would like to see this in DVD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Lets See It In DVD!

    This movie is one on Connery's best! Not to mention the rest of the upstanding cast. The movie brings to light an era in history with great adventure, intensity and artistic interpretation. It needs to be brought out on DVD though. I look forward to owning the DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    Excellent 1900 period piece with superb acting.

    This excellent film centers around the early 1900's and the United States. Theodore Roosevelt is president of an emerging new world power. The story relates to a moslem rogue (old world) with different ideals. A delightful relationship develops between the two when the moslem rogue kidnaps an american woman and her children. They both learn some rules of life from each other including honor (different views), respect and ways of life. All aspects of the film are true to the period which makes it very enjoyable besides the excellent acting by Sean Connery and Candice Bergan.

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    Posted January 9, 2010

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