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Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)

 -  Family | Drama | War  -  29 March 1963 (USA)
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In 1945 the fate of Vienna's famous Lipizzaner stallions hangs into balance.American general Patton could save them but first he asks to see them perform.

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Col. Podhajsky
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Vedena Podhajsky
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Gen. Tellheim (as Curt Jurgens)
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Rider Otto
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Capt. Ranhoff
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Lt. General Walton H. Walker
Philo Hauser ...
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Refugee Leader
Fritz Wepper ...
Rider Hans
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In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and make sure that they are surrendered into the right hands. But Patton's something of a horse fancier and can help...if he sees the stallions perform. Written by Kathy Li

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The day a war stood still!

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Family | Drama | War | Adventure

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29 March 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Flucht der weißen Hengste  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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In 1945 after the 328th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division captured the renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Patton, an expert horseman himself, requested a performance of its white Lipizzaner stallions. So on August 21, 1945 a show was put on for General Patton, a host of American officers and troops. He described the in his diary that day, calling it "extremely interesting and magnificently performed." See more »


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7/10 ****/5 ~ Underrated, intelligent, mature Walt Disney adventure.
14 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This exceptional live-action Walt Disney adventure-drama might have benefited from a warmer actor in the lead role, but Robot Taylor (pun intended) nevertheless brings strength and conviction to the part of an angry but caring man. The supporting cast is uniformly excellent, especially Lilli Palmer and Curt Jurgens who supply a depth of emotion to a dry and unsentimental story.

The film works the family-oriented animal interest of the Lippizan horses into the framework of a dramatic and often suspenseful wartime adventure. One needn't be a horse-lover to be caught up in the story and end up caring about the animals which in this film are symbols of art, grace and beauty surviving a war-torn world. The audience is teased with glimpses of the stallions at play and in training and learns to appreciate their value so that the full-blown horse-show finale comes as a welcome joy.

The well-produced movie was filmed on location in Austria and is handsomely photographed. There is a gripping battle scene and adults will be impressed with the maturity of the entire project.


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