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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) Poster

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The film grossed only $1,913,399 and lost the studio $3,662,892.
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According to Martin Gottfried in his biography of Angela Lansbury, "Balancing Act", she dubbed Ingrid Thulin's voice as a favor to her husband Peter Shaw, then an executive at MGM. Both Lansbury's and Thulin's voices are heard on the soundtrack.
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Dirk Bogarde turned down the lead role. Besides Alain Delon, Montgomery Clift and George Hamilton were also briefly considered.
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The film's artistic design and colour is claimed by New Wave critics to have influenced Alain Resnais, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Vittorio De Sica.
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Lee J. Cobb played Glenn Ford's grandfather, despite only being five years older than him.
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Vincente Minnelli did all he could to sign Alain Delon for the role of Julio, but the producers were set on having an American star in the lead. Glenn Ford was a proven box office star with a working agreement with MGM, so he was hired for $150,000.
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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.
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Despite heavy promotion by MGM, this film was a critical and financial failure, most critics comparing it unfairly with the silent classic, and Glenn Ford's Julio with that of Rudolph Valentino. Re-appraisals over the years have been rather more kind, and the film is now seen in a better light.
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Marlon Brando turned down the role of Julio, saying "Didn't Valentino do that? I don't dance the tango."
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Parts of André Previn's score were used on the original trailers for Doctor Zhivago (1965) the film itself being scored by Maurice Jarre.
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