The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  31 March 1923 (Portugal)
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pomeroy Cannon ...
Josef Swickard ...
Bridgetta Clark ...
Virginia Warwick ...
Mabel Van Buren ...
Stuart Holmes ...
John St. Polis ...
Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
Mark Fenton ...
Sen. Lacour
Derek Ghent ...
René Lacour
Nigel De Brulier ...
Tchernoff (as Nigel de Brulier)
Bowditch M. Turner ...
Argensola (as Brodwitch Turner)
Edward Connelly ...


Julio Madariaga is the Argentine patriarch of a wealthy family. He has two daughters, the elder wed to a Frenchman and the other to a German. He prefers the Frenchman and his family, especially his grandson Julio, causing jealousy from the German and his three sons. When Madariaga dies, the family splits up, each son-in-law returning to his own country. The Frenchman and his own move to Paris, where Julio becomes an artist and has an affair with an unhappily married woman, the lovely Marguerite Laurier. Her husband finds out, but before he can finalize a divorce, World War One rears its head and both sides of the family will endure great suffering in the conflict, especially since they must fight one another on the battlefield. Written by cupcakes

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Valentino's greatest romantic success. (Newspaper ad cut, 1926 reissue). See more »


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

31 March 1923 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Die vier Reiter der Apokalypse  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)


$9,200,000 (USA)

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(Turner library print) (1993 alternate)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early on one of the intertitles says, "Von Hartrott had reared his sons to respect the teachings of his Fatherland". The picture behind the text is of the statue of Kaiser Wilhelm II on the Deutshes Eck at Koblenz, the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The statue was destroyed by the Americans in 1945, but subsequently replaced in the nineties. See more »


[last lines]
Tchernoff: Peace has come - but the Four Horsemen will still ravage humanity - stirring unrest in the world - until all hatred is dead and only love reigns in the heart of mankind.
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Apocalypse Theme
Music by Carl Davis
Based on the Fantasia Sonata "Après une Lecture de Dante" by Franz Liszt (1849)
In the score of the 1993 alternate version
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Astonishing imagery
8 August 2002 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is an astonishing and spectacular film. I agree with most of the other comments, that this film is definitely a must-see, though I have reservations about some unevenness in the plotting. But the spectacle, the fire-and-brimstone imagery, and the excellent star-making performance by Valentino more than compensate. In many ways, it DOES tower above 99 percent of what Hollywood throws up today.

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