Mike D'Angelo
December 05, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Rough Riders

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Tom Berenger, Gary Busey, Sam Elliott
genre
War

We gave it a C-

”I could see the flags!” bellows Stephen Crane near the end of Rough Riders, a three-hour TNT miniseries about the Spanish-American War’s most illustrious fighters. ”Waving like freedom!” As opposed to waving like servitude? ”Poetry” like this alternates with interminable battle sequences in Red Dawn director John Milius’ paean to courage and honor. As Col. Teddy Roosevelt, Tom Berenger doesn’t so much give a performance as do an impression, all clipped, staccato sentences and ecstatic cries of ”Bully!” ”Bull” is more like it. C-

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