Wind and the Lion

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Released 1975

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Director:
John Milius
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG

The Wind and the Lion (1975) derives - loosely - from a true story which took place in Morocco in 1904. Morocco is a turbulent country where Berber revolutionaries fight to topple a corrupt government dominated by the weakling Sultan's chief minister, the Bashaw. The leader of the Berbers is the notorious Raisuli, the Bashaw's brother. He kidnaps an American widow, Eden Pedecaris, and her two young children, as a ploy to spark international action against Morocco. In the US, President Theodore Roosevelt, who is campaigning for re-election and hopes to score political points, dispatches a squadron to Tangier to retrieve the kidnapped family and display America's new military prowess. When a hostage exchange does not go as planned, the American troops face a battle with Moroccan, French, and German soldiers that will not only decide the fate of the Raisuli, but also America's role as a new world power.

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