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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | March 1921 (USA)
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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Pomeroy Cannon ...
Marcelo Desnoyers
Bridgetta Clark ...
Virginia Warwick ...
Karl von Hartrott
Otto von Hartrott
Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
Mark Fenton ...
Derek Ghent ...
René Lacour (as Derrick Ghent)
Tchernoff (as Nigel de Brulier)
Bowditch M. Turner ...
Argensola (as Brodwitch Turner)


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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Release Date:

March 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die vier Reiter der Apokalypse  »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print) (1993 restored)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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President Warren G. Harding and Vice-President Calvin Coolidge, with their respective spouses, attended private screenings of the film. See more »


The same shot of a cat clawing at a small poodle while sitting on top of a piano is used two different times. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: In a world old in hatred and bloodshed, where nation is crowded against nation and creed against creed, centuries of wars have sown their bitter seed, and the fires of resentment smouldering beneath the crust of civilization but await the breaking of the Seven Seals of Prophecy to start a mighty conflagration.
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Apocalypse Theme
Music by Carl Davis
Based on the Fantasia Sonata "Après une lecture du Dante" by Franz Liszt (1849)
Performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé Luxembourg (as Symphony Orchestra of Radio-Télé Luxembourg) lead by Philippe Koch
In the score of the 1993 restored version
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Astonishing imagery
8 August 2002 | by 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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