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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
Christian Marquand ...
Zaganar
Marietto ...
Paco Dages (as Marietto Angeletti)
Perrette Pradier ...
Maria, Hussy (as Perette Pradier)
Zia Mohyeddin ...
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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The Danger of His Mission! The Daring of His Adventure! See more »

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Drama | War

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October 1964 (Austria)  »

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Deine Zeit ist um  »

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

This went through several title changes. It was also known as " The 25th Hour ", " To Spring a Trap" and " Killing a Mouse on Sunday ". 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 »

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Francisco: [regarding which faction killed his father] What difference does it make? Did either side have a right to take his life?
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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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Totally Forgotten...Reasons?
11 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film which has almost faded into total obscurity, and that's tragic, because it's well worth seeing. It's sort of a thinking person's suspense movie, better appreciated if you know some details about the intricate historical background in which it is set. Even so, it can be appreciated for its dramatic settings and characterizations. It has a complicated plot, to be sure, but the story rolls right along...not a lot of action until the end, but the tension builds steadily. I'm no fan of Peck, but his role here really drew me in. He looks beaten down by a hard life and way too much unhealthy passion. Quinn doesn't have much screen time, but I liked some of the minor characters best...their faces were great. The credit sequence, meshed together perfectly with newsreels, shows a long line of defeated soldiers, their faces reflecting defeat and confusion... a great tracking scene.

Here are some reasons I think the film is unknown: 1. The main character is an atheist communist anti-catholic guerilla bandit. Not a popular icon in American movies. 2. Complex historical background. 3. Knowledge of political situation in Spain a minimum requirement. Not a priority on many American's lists. 4. Black and white photography in 1964. (Hey, I liked the scenery...but you always wonder how it would look in color...and this was a late date for a black and white feature film.) 5. Civil War movies (even Spain's) always run a risk...you might alienate half the audience.


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