The Bergen hostage character was actually an American businessman.
"...the real Raisuli was a Geronimo-like holdout who eventually was caught and executed by the Bashaw and Sultan. He also related a suspiciously exciting account of his capture. Accorting to [director John] Milius, when the Raisuli realized he was too old to fight any longer, he made peace and invited his enemies to a banquet, which he then dynamited! When he was rounded up not long thereafter, he had no property and hardly any followers to speak of."
The quoted excerpts are from imdb. The other is from my memory of what I'd read elsewhere, but cannot find the source for you.
I saw this movie when it came out in 1975 - at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. It was a great experience. Just got the DVD a few days ago. I plan to see it coming weekend -- I am really looking forward to it. I love historical movies, and this is one of the best ones.
"The up-and-down career of director John Milius had no finer moment than The Wind and the Lion, a dandy adventure tale. It's based on fact: An American (played by Candice Bergen) and her two children were kidnapped in 1904 Morocco by a Berber tribe, an international incident settled by President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" military muscle. The film's sweep and swagger are unabashedly old-fashioned, even as Milius occasionally pokes fun at the grand characters. Some of the peripheral material is sloppy, but as long as Milius keeps his sights locked on the two powerful protagonists, he's dead-on: Brian Keith makes a gutsy Roosevelt, and Sean Connery is in splendid form (with Scots accent in place--got a problem with that?) as the dashing Berber chieftain. Perhaps overshadowed by John Huston's The Man Who Would be King the same year (Huston plays advisor John Hay in this one), Wind makes a marvelous companion piece."
"Years later, the Perdicaris story would be rediscovered by Hollywood in a 1975 movie, "The Wind and the Lion." Sean Connery played Raisuli, but the scriptwriters apparently thought the balding, bearded Perdicaris wasn't a romantic enough character as a man.
So the screenwriters turned "Ion" Perdicaris into "Eden" Perdicaris and cast Candice Bergen in the part."
From - The Capital Century home page
1904: 'Perdicaris alive
or Raisuli dead!'
By JON BLACKWELL / The Trentonian
It's a very interesting story. Ion Perdicaris and his stepson were the actual hostages. Even more interesting is that Perdicaris, it was later found out after the battleships had been dispatched for their rescue, was not even an American citizen. This belatedly discovered fact was kept hidden from the public because it would have embarrassed Roosevelt during the re-election convention and was instead used as another example of his big-stick diplomatic prowess.
I have gotten waaay behind in my viewing. The good news for me is that the Samsung repairman just left after replacing a lamp set in my Sammy DLP. Now I can get back to viewing all of my dvds from the past few weeks stacking up. Trouble is do I start with TWATL, Open Range, OUATIM, Out Of Time, The Swimming Pool, He Walked By Night, The Oxbow Incident, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Firefly, Days Of Wine And Roses, Johnny English....???
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