The Wind and the Lion

The Wind and the Lion

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In 1904 Morocco, a desert chieftain kidnaps an American widow in an attempt to deter the European powers that want a foothold in the Arab world, but ignites a chain of events that includes the United States intervening. Based on a true event.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video,
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780790765297
Branch Call Number: FIC Wind
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG
CHV rating: PG


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Oct 23, 2017

Some movies made more than 40 years ago stand the test of time. This one does not. It cannot decide whether the Muslim kidnapper is a hero, a brutal murderer, or a fool. There are some telling comments made about the invasion of the European powers into Muslim lands. There is also Teddy Roosevelt's quote in action: "Vice President Theodore Roosevelt delivered his “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” speech at the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 2, 1901. He was 42 years old; in less than two weeks he would become the youngest U.S. president in history in the wake of President William McKinley’s assassination." There is also talk among the military about how wonderful it would be to have a war. They would get their wish in about 10 years - World War I. The French, British, Germans and Americans are already facing off for power in Morocco in this film. "In 1905, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany arrived in Tangiers to declare his support for the sultan of Morocco, provoking the anger of France and Britain in what will become known as the First Moroccan Crisis, a foreshadowing of the greater conflict between Europe's great nations still to come, the First World War." Certainly not a "politically correct" film, but it has a few interesting moments. Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 08, 2012

I don't know what to make of this film. Were they trying to be funny, serious or irritating? I concur with Alice Johnson's review before me in regards to Sean Connery being miscast. Furthermore, I did not feel anything for any of the characters. In fact, what really stood out to me was the overall corniness of it all, and like I said in the beginning.

Mar 20, 2012

This is exactly how autocraties and despotic nations are created, with comments and minds behind them just like this one... Ignorance and prejudice can go a long (nefast) way! That said, I am confident I will enjoy the movie.

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