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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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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)

Did You Know?

The red uniform that is used at the end of the movie is not original. The Spanish Riding school never used a red uniform. Disney found the original brown uniform too simple for a gala opening and introduced these uniforms.See more »
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Great Disney film about the White Stallion's of Vienna, 9 April 2001
Author: Marta from United States

Despite a rather slow start, this film is absolutely classic Disney and well worth the time spent. Everyone should know the story of the Lipizzaner stallions and Col. Podhajsky, the man who risked everything to save them. The stallion's flight from Vienna at the tail end of WWII, and the fact that General Patton and the 3rd Army were heavily involved in their rescue, is exciting stuff and has achieved almost legendary proportions. It's to the film's credit that the viewer eventually gets wrapped up in the Colonel's crusade, and begins to feel a sense of wonder as random chance and pure luck conspire to save the Lipizzaner breed.

I would not have put Robert Taylor in the lead role of Col. Podhajsky, though. As he grew older he got stone-like in his acting, and this is one of his more granite-faced performances. Luckily for us they also cast Curt Jurgens, who plays a good Nazi for once. He is the standout in this production (human standout, that is; the horses are the real stars). He gives a bravura performance as a German General caught up in the atrocities of war with no idea how he could have ever gone along with the Nazis as long as he has. His eyes seem to bleed pain, and he gives the film a welcome dose of humanity as well as the viewpoint of a person who normally follows orders but who has had enough of doing what he doesn't believe in. Lilli Palmer plays the Colonel's wife, and she is more than adequate to the role.

Eddie Albert is used mostly for comic relief as a horse trainer, even singing a Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman song for us; fortunately he's good no matter what he does. And, an extremely young James Franciscus is an Army Major who plays a big role in interesting Patton in the horses, and also in liberating the mares and foals from a Russian onslaught in Czechoslovakia (and also a huge lot of American GI's being held prisoner in the same place); his 1000-watt smile is a welcome addition.

Bottom line, this is a wonderful film for the entire family, if you can get the kids to sit still through the slow beginning; the older they are the easier it will be. It's a film about a little-publicized event in WWII, and shows how the two sides worked side-by-side to save a treasured piece of Viennese history. The horses are gorgeous, and we don't see near enough of them, which is the only real detriment to this fine film about the marvelous White Stallions of Vienna and the Spanish Riding School.

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