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AJ Carothers (writer)
Alois Podhajsky (book)
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Release Date:
29 March 1963 (USA) See more »
The day a war stood still!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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7/10 ****/5 ~ Underrated, intelligent, mature Walt Disney adventure. See more (4 total) »


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Robert Taylor ... Col. Podhajsky

Lilli Palmer ... Vedena Podhajsky

Curd Jürgens ... Gen. Tellheim (as Curt Jurgens)

Eddie Albert ... Rider Otto

James Franciscus ... Maj. Hoffman

John Larch ... General George S. Patton, Jr.

Brigitte Horney ... Countess Arco-Valley

Philip Abbott ... Col. Reed
Charles Regnier ... Gen. Stryker
Erik Schumann ... Capt. Ranhoff

Douglas Fowley ... Lt. General Walton H. Walker
Philo Hauser ... Dispatcher
Max Haufler ... Engineer
Michael Janisch ... Refugee Leader
Fritz Wepper ... Rider Hans
Helmut Janatsch ... Intruder
Günther Haenel ... Groom Sascha
Hugo Lindinger
Larry Billman
Peter Jost ... Kreisleiter
Fritz Eckhardt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Dietl ... German MP Captain (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Southern GI (uncredited)
Margarethe Dux ... Woman Railroad Official (uncredited)
Hal Galili ... Brooklyn GI (uncredited)
Harry Hornisch ... First Rider (uncredited)
Kurt Jager ... Rider (uncredited)
Josef Krastel ... Att. Carl (uncredited)
Herbert Prikopa ... Orderly Tellheim (uncredited)
Michael Tellering ... Stryker's Adjutant (uncredited)
Olaf Tschierschke ... Rider (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
AJ Carothers  writer
Alois Podhajsky  book "The Dancing White Horses of Vienna"

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Peter V. Herald .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith 
Cinematography by
Günther Anders 
Film Editing by
Alfred Srp 
Cotton Warburton 
Production Design by
Isabella Schlichting 
Werner Schlichting 
Costume Design by
Leo Bei 
Makeup Department
Leopold Kuhnert .... makeup artist
Rudolf Ohlschmidt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Russ .... production manager
Walter Tjaden .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laci von Ronay .... assistant director (as Laci Ronay)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound
Kurt Schwarz .... sound (as Kurt Schwartz)
Special Effects by
Paul Waldherr .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Pochlatko .... photographer: second unit
Music Department
Franklyn Marks .... orchestrator
Other crew
Gusti Brunjes-Goldschwendt .... script supervisor
Kent McPherron .... dialogue coach

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93 min | 118 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

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The equestrian performances were choreographed by the real Col. Alois Podhajsky.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
7/10 ****/5 ~ Underrated, intelligent, mature Walt Disney adventure., 14 May 2004
Author: Doctor_Mabuse from United States

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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