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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)

Approved | | Drama, War | 12 July 1962 (Mexico)
In Argentina, one daughter of patriarch Madariaga is married to a Frenchman while the other is married to a German thus leading to a crisis when Nazi Germany occupies France and some Madariaga family members fight on opposite sides.



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Complete credited cast:
Marcelo Desnoyers
Julio Madariaga
Karl von Hartrott
Heinrich von Hartrott (as Karl Boehm)
Harriet E. MacGibbon ...
Dona Luisa Desnoyers (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Elena von Hartrott
Marcel Hillaire ...
Armand Dibier
General von Kleig
Stephen Bekassy ...
Colonel Kleinsdorf
François (as Albert Remy)


In Argentina, the family man Julio Madariaga is the patriarch of his family and considers his farm the paradise on Earth. One of his daughters, Luisa Desnoyers, has married the Frenchman immigrant Marcelo Desnoyers and they have one son, the playboy Julio, and one daughter, the gorgeous student of Sorbonne Chi Chi. His other daughter, Elena von Hartrott, has married the German Karl von Hartrott, and they have three sons: Heinrich, Gustav and Franz. In 1938, Heinrich returns from Germany for a family reunion and when he tells that he has joined the SS, the displeased Julio Madariaga has a heart attack and dies. When France is occupied by the Germans, the family reunites in Paris and Franz is the Nazi administrator in France. The alienated Julio has a studio where he paints, and has a love affair with Marguerite Laurier, the wife of the owner of a newspaper Etienne Laurier that is fighting in Belgium. Meanwhile Chi Chi joins the French resistance and is arrested. Julio uses the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Paris, city of lovers...the day the clocks stopped turning and the world stood still... See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

12 July 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse  »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,100,000, 31 December 1962
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an effort to rescue what was viewed as a certain box office failure, the studio scrapped Alex North's film score and hired André Previn to write a new one. See more »


When Karl is proposing a toast in honor of the family reunited at last (1h 01'), we can see Julio successively in the mirror and in close-up. In the mirror he has a glass in his left hand, but in close-ups the glass is in his right hand. The left-right hand images alternates three times. See more »


Referenced in Wag the Dog (1997) See more »


Mine For the Moment
Written by André Previn and Dory Previn
Performed by Eileen Wilson
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This film is underrated
4 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I cannot understand the low rating of this film. I'll rather think most of the viewers haven't had the opportunity to watch this movie and the few who had, have not been able to appreciate the admirable qualities of this film. If you have not seen Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, don't wait any longer. I have it in my video library and have watched it several times.

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