Wind and the Lion, The

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The Wind and the Lion
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Cinema poster
Country USA.jpg United States
Directed by John Milius
Release Date 1975
Language English
Studio Herb Jaffe
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli Sean Connery
Eden Pedecaris Candice Bergen
William Pedecaris Simon Harrison
Theodore Roosevelt Brian Keith
John Hay John Huston
Samuel Gummere Geoffrey Lewis
Capt. Jerome Steve Kanaly
Von Roerkel Antoine Saint-John
Sir Joseph Billy Williams


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The following weapons were used in the film The Wind and the Lion:

Handguns

C96 Mauser Broomhandle

Used in a memorable scene by German Army Colonel Von Roerkel (Antoine Saint-John). The Colonel is on horseback with a sabre in one hand and the Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" in the other. All the while battling Sheik Raisuli (Sean Connery). Great fun.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Colonel Von Roerkel (Antoine Saint-John) with Mauser C96 "Broomhandle
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Smith & Wesson M&P

Used by United States Ambassador to Morocco Gummere (Geoffrey Lewis). While watching the U.S. Marines marching towards the palace in Tangiers, to seize control of the Moroccan government, he is holding an Smith & Wesson M&P behind his back. Evidently he doesn't have full confidence in peaceful diplomacy or diplomatic immunity.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
U.S. Ambassador Gummere (Geoffrey Lewis) ready for action with Smith & Wesson M&P revolver

Smith & Wesson Model 10

U.S.M.C. Capt. Jerome (Steve Kanaly) appears to be carrying a Smith & Wesson Model 10 during the assault on the palace in Tangiers and during the battle in the village at the end of the movie.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with long barrel and Gold Medallion grips - .38 Special
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Webley Bulldog revolver

A popular style of revolver in the late 19th century with gentlemen. The ancestor of the modern day "snubbie". This style of revolver was made by different companies in Europe and the United States. Used by Sir Joseph, Eden Pedicaris's British luncheon guest at the beginning of the movie when Raisuli's men attack. Sir Joseph (Billy Williams) pulls out a Webley Bulldog and uses it very effectively - until it runs out of ammo.

Bulldog revolver. 19th Century ancestor to the "snubbie"
Sir Joseph (Billy Williams) with Bulldog revolver‎
Sir Joseph fires his Bulldog revolver‎

Colt New Navy & Army revolver

The Colt New Army & Navy 38 caliber revolver is seen in hand William Pedecaris (Simon Harrison), when pulled it out of the holster Capt. Jerome (Steve Kanaly), which has paradoxically later different weapon in his hand.

Colt New Army in 38 Colt. Mfd 1889-1905
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Rifles

Winchester 1895 rifle

President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (Brian Keith) is shown firing the sporting version of the Winchester Model 1895 and also admiring a highly engraved Winchester 1895. Roosevelt was a fan of Winchester rifles and the Winchester Model 1895 is reported to have been his favorite model. Director John Milius is also a fan of the Winchester 1895 and would again have Roosevelt, as played by Tom Berenger, carry the sport version of the 1895 in the miniseries Rough Riders twenty-two years later. In the commentary on the DVD, John Milius states that the engraved Winchester seen in the movie was actually a plain Jane field model that was painted by a elderly craftsman in Spain - where the movie was filmed.

Sporting version of the 1895. Similar to the model carried by Brian Keith as President Roosevelt.
President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (Brian Keith) checks the action of the sporting version of the Winchester Model 1895.
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U.S. Model 1896 Krag Jorgensen rifle

The U.S. Model 1896 Krag-Jorgensen is used by U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines throughout the movie. Historically inaccurate. In 1904 the Marines and Navy would have been carrying the Winchester-Lee Rifle in 6mm Lee. But the director of the movie, John Milius, has acknowledged this and stated that the production simply couldn't find enough operating Winchester-Lees to use. So the production had to compromise. It's not entirely historically inaccurate for US Marines to have Krag rifles in the film. The Navy bought their first Krags in 1900 and they were phasing out the Lee-Navy rifle at that time, but still the majority of Marines would have still be armed with Lee-Navy rifles in 1904 and would be until around 1910 when the Lees and Krags would start to be supplanted by M1903 rifles.

US Property Marked Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 Rifle - .30-40 Krag
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U.S. Model 1896 Krag Jorgensen Sporter Rifle

President "Teddy" Roosevelt (Brian Keith) is shown holding a Krag Sporter muzzle down with the safety up locking the striker to the full rear position.

Sporterized Krag-Jørgensen Rifle - .30-40 Krag
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M24 Serbian Mauser

President "Teddy" Roosevelt (Brian Keith) is shown firing a M24 Serbian Mauser on his private firing range. It is also used by some of the Sheik Raisuli's men. William Pedecaris (Simon Harrison) disarms guards when escape from captivity.

M24 Serbian Mauser Rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
William Pedecaris (Simon Harrison)‎ (left) holds a captured rifle.

Mauser 1895 Rifle

Sheikh Rausili (Sean Connery) and several of his men carry Mauser Model 1895 rifles, often decorated Arab-style with brass banded stocks and ornate slings. This weapon used some German soldiers.

Mauser 1895 Rifle - 7x57mm Mauser
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Mauser Gewehr 98

Several Berber warriors carry also Mauser Gewehr 98 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 98 - 7.92 x 57mm Mauser
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Martini Henry rifle

President "Teddy" Roosevelt (Brian Keith) is shown firing what appears to be a "sporterized" Martini-Henry Mk. III on his private firing range. Possibly it's one of the Martini-Henry rifles that were modified by the British gunsmiths Greener or Rigby.

Martini-Henry modified by the famous London gunsmith J. Rigby
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Swedish Mauser 1894

Many of the German troops in the climactic battle scene are shown wielding historically inaccurate Swedish Model 1894 Mauser Carbines.

Mauser M94/14 Cavalry Carbine (dated 1916) (Carl Gustaf) - 6.5x55mm

Lebel 1886 Rifle

French colonial troops in Marocco are armed with Lebel 1886 rifles.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
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Jezail musket

Many Berber fighters are seen with Jezail and Ottoman muskets.

Jezail musket
Ottoman musket
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Shotgun

Winchester 1897 Shotgun

The Winchester Model 1897 is used by U.S. Marines in the movie. Also used (effectively) by Mrs. Pedicaris (Candice Bergen). Carried, but never fired, by Sheik Raisuli (Sean Connery) and young William Pedecaris (Simon Harrison).

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 Gauge. This is an original mint condition 1935 Manufacture commercial trench gun by Winchester.
One of the actual Hero Winchester 97 "trench brooms" used in The Wind and the Lion. Courtesy of the NRA National Firearms Museum.
Mrs. Pedicaris (Candice Bergen) aims a shotgun at Capt. Jerome.
It should be noted that this a trench broom model, note the heat shield.
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Capt. Jerome (Steve Kanaly) with a Winchester Model 1897 in firefight.
Sheik Raisuli (Sean Connery) carries a shotgun in his hand.

Machine guns

Colt 1895 Automatic Machine Gun

The U.S. Navy sailors in the landing party in Tangiers bring an Colt 1895 Automatic Machine Gun (historically correct) with them, but never fire it. The director, John Milius, has stated that it was a non-firing mock-up. The production was unable to locate a Model 1895 that was functioning. Twenty-two years later Milius would have two functioning Colt 1914 Machine Guns in Rough Riders. The actual weapon seen in the movie is a Colt 1914 Automatic Machine Gun which is similar to the 1895 except the 1914 has a finned barrel and the 1895 does not.

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Maxim Machine Gun

Sultan of Morocco (Marc Zuber) fired German Maxim MG08 machine gun. The story takes place in 1904 so the use of this Model is anachronistic.

German Model 1908 Maxim machine gun
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Other

Unknown howitzer

The palace in Tangier guards several Moroccan soldiers equipped with an unknown type of howitzers.

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Krupp 7.5 cm Model 1903

The German Imperial army deploys Krupp 7.5 cm Model 1903 cannon against the Berbers. One guns adversary seized.

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