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Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Approved | | Drama, War | October 1964 (Austria)
Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Manuel Artiguez
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Viñolas
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Francisco
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Carlos
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Pedro
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Pilar
Daniela Rocca ...
Rosana, Mistress of Vinolas
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Zaganar
Marietto ...
Paco Dages (as Marietto Angeletti)
Perrette Pradier ...
Maria, Hussy (as Perette Pradier)
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Luis, Guide of Paco
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Teresa, Wife of Vinolas
Molly Urquhart ...
Hospital Nurse
Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
Father Esteban
Laurence Badie ...
Celestina
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Storyline

Manuel Artiguez, a famous bandit during the Spanish civil war, has lived in French exile for 20 years. When his mother is dying he considers visiting her secretly in his Spanish home town. But his biggest enemy, the Spanish police officer Vinolas, prepared a trap at the hospital as a chance to finally catch Artiguez. Written by Olaf Mertens <olafbahg@w210zrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>

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Of suspense, pursuit and courage... See more »

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Drama | War

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October 1964 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Deine Zeit ist um  »

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Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck was felt to be badly miscast as a Spanish loyalist. See more »

Goofs

The six priests returning by train from Lourdes assemble behind an exit on the right side of the train as it pulls into the San Martin station, but when the scene switches to an exterior shot of the train platform, the priests descend to the platform through a door on the left side of the train. See more »

Quotes

Manuel Artiguez: The only one who's going to suffer is the priest.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits - the first card shown contains the passage from Revelations 6:8, which contains the phrase "Behold a Pale Horse", the title of the film. See more »

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Features Mourir à Madrid (1963) See more »

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A psychological confrontation in an historic background.
7 April 2003 | by (Barcelona, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

When the Spanish War was finished, winners devoted to go after anybody who reflected the red light of the communism or any other color they dislike. On the other hand, few guerilla fighter continued his actions against the winners. But their strength was lower every time. One of this guerrilla was Valentin González "el campesino", which figure is portrayed in this film in a free form (not in an historical form).

Twenty years after the Civil war conclusion, the Spanish police has a good option to capture one of these ex-combatants, who was in exile in France. The description of the methods and day-to-day life of the Spanish police could be the reason which explains that the Spanish Government forbade any more Columbia's film in Spain.

You need no knowledge about the twenty Century Spain's history to understand the film, although you can enjoy more it if you know something. In fact, the film put in a specific political situation the psychological confrontation between two men. It could be a good exercise to understand the motives which impulse his actions.


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