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The Wind And The Lion [1975] [Dutch Import]


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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, John Huston, Brian Keith, Geoffrey Lewis
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, Import, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WFQU7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,632 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
For me, The Wind and the Lion is one of the great adventure films of all time (rather than an action movie per se) and certainly has the best script of the 70s, managing to combine adventure, myth, romance, wit and political cynicism while creating memorable characters and driving the story forward. Its influences are clearly noticeable, and all acknowledged by writer-director John Milius: the children's behavior is straight out of A High Wind in Jamaica, the superb beach sequence inspired by another horseback swordfight in The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa is a big Milius influence elsewhere in the film as well) while the finale throws in a tip of the hat, both musically and visually, to The Wild Bunch. But unlike a Tarantino grab-bag of favorite movie moments, Milius manages to make something unique of his own out of them all in this highly romanticised tale of an American woman (Candice Bergen) and her children kidnapped by an Arab leader (Sean Connery) in Morocco in 1904 that became an international incident that briefly threatened to turn into a war as Teddy Roosevelt (Brian Keith) used it as a rallying cry during his election campaign. But as the Americans and European powers that control the region rattle sabres, hostage and captive form a real friendship they'll risk anything for.

As for Connery's casting... Well, it makes a change to cast a Scot as a north of the border Berber - up until then Hollywood usually cast Welsh actors like Hugh Griffiths as Arabs. Yes, you do laugh when you first hear him speak, but after his line "I am the Raisuli - you will not laugh at me again!", you won't. Accent or not, this is one of his most likeable and charismatic performances, proving himself one of the few actors with enough presence for the epic genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It really beggars belief that one of the great adventure movies is only available on region 2 in foreign imported DVDs. Mine is a Dutch version which has excellent picture quality and no problem with subtitles. This is a very old fashioned adventure that has more in common with some of those dashing films from the thirties, even including a very Light Brigade like charge. There is an awful lot of dash, that is carried out with great savoire-faire! A few years back in Marrakech, being your typical tourist bore, I visited a museum where I saw much of the regalia that adorned the Moroccan hill tribesmen's horses. There were some very ornate items, that I thought must have looked simply splendid in action. That schoolboy hope was realised when I watched John Milius's rattling good yarn "The Wind and the Lion".

Very loosely based on a real incident at the turn of the Century, the story involves an American woman and her two children who are kidnapped by a dashing Berber lord, who wants to provoke an international incident in the hope of bringing down the coorrupt ruling government. This he manages to achieve, upsetting no less a person than the then president of the United States Teddy Roosevelt. Things are complicated further when those dastardly Germans get involved as well. It doesn't involve penalties thank goodness! At first she is unsurprisingly hostile toward her kidnapper, but then gradually warms to him, finding him to be a man of honour and not the brigand that some would make him out to be. He is also a man willing to fight his own battles, and there are plenty of opportunities for him to do this.

Milius admitted that he was influenced by the stories of Rudyard Kipling, which the film bears out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Fuller on 20 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a (brief) review for the Warner Archive bluray, since all these reviews get lumped in together.

This film is a marvel, really. Don't listen to the sticklers who moan about a Berber with a Scottish accent, Connery is magnificent in this, at the height of his rough physicality and powers of charisma. The sequence at the end of the film, where he swoops on horseback to grab the shotgun from young William's reverent hands, is one of pure rousing joy. This film harks back to glorious, halcyon days of adventure, to Gunga Din and They Died With Their Boots On. It's a sweeping, widescreen love affair with manly men doing manly things, hardy men who live their lives moment to moment with death coming at but a moment's notice. This is probably John Milius' finest film, outside of Big Wednesday. His love of Teddy Roosevelt shines through (a love he was able to better articulate in his TV miniseries Rough Riders, which is also thoroughly recommended) but he obviously also admires the Berbers' peripatetic, brutal and yet poetically brutal culture. Jerry Goldsmith's score is lush and epic and one of his best.

The WB Archive Collection bluray is region-free, if you're buying from the UK, and couldn't be more highly recommended. The Archive Collection staff continue to shame their counterparts at WB proper and provide us with a wonderful transfer at a maxxed-out bitrate with no digital tomfoolery. To wax predictable, they really don't make 'em like this anymore - they didn't even really make 'em like this anymore in the 70s!
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