The Wind and the Lion
Directed by John Milius. US. 1975. PG. 119 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Sun., January 31, 2016
Sean Connery stars as a very un-Bond-like Moroccan sheik who kidnaps an American woman (Candice Bergen) and her children, setting off an international incident in the early years of the twentieth century. With Brian Keith playing a very gung-ho President Theodore Roosevelt, this action-packed adventure tale can also be seen as a satirical comment on America’s role as the world’s policeman, way back more than a hundred years ago. Based (very loosely) on an actual incident, “The Wind and The Lion” is filled with action sequences that have been justifiably compared to those in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Wild Bunch.” Both Connery and Keith are in top form, and the stirring musical score (by veteran Jerry Goldsmith) was rightfully nominated for an Academy Award. This is the kind of action-adventure film that demands to be seen and enjoyed on the Colonial’s really big screen. (Bill Roth)