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The Wind and the Lion

Directed by John Milius. US. 1975. PG. 119 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Sun., January 31, 2016
Sunday
January 31, 2016
2:00 pm

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 Americas role as the worlds 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 Colonials really big screen. (Bill Roth)