An oldie but a goodie. I popped my video tape into my yard sale VCR and played it last night. It's still a good flick. Sean Connery is The Rasuli, "last of the Barbary pirates". Candice Bergen is Eden Pedicaris, American widow with two young children living in Morocco in 1904. The movie opens with The Rasuli's horseman galloping along a North Africa beach, gorgeous color, very scenic shots. He is out to create an international incident to support his cause by kidnapping Candice Bergen and her children. She is having afternoon tea, in a the formal garden of a plush house in Morocco with a very proper English gentleman. Very civilized scene. He is wearing a white suit with tie. Suit matches his white hair. They are discussing the proper wine to drink at this time of day. Quick change of pace, The Rasuli, followed by a dozen horsemen come crashing thru the garden hedge and start laying about with swords. Our proper English gentleman turns out to be practical as well as proper. He produces a large revolver from his shoulder holster and starts blowing Arabs off their horses. He does pretty well until he runs out of ammunition and is slain.
There is a lot of riding and fighting and scenery for the rest of the movie. Lot's of priceless dialog between Sean Connery and Candice Bergen. Candice gives as good as she gets. Where Sean Connery is waxing poetic with quotations from the Koran, Candice Bergen tops each one with a Yankee saying such as "A stitch in time saves nine".
We get to see the Theodore Roosevelt administration reacting to this outrage. You get the impression that Teddy has as much pirate blood in his veins as The Rasuli. Plenty of people have criticized this movie for modifying actual history, but heh, it's movie, not a history lesson. Shakespeare did the same thing with English history and we like it. The plot sticks together and makes sense. The portrait of Teddy Roosevelt is vivid and in accordance with what I know of the period.
A fun watch. If you haven't seen it, try it, you'll like it.