Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Manuel Artiguez
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Paolo Stoppa ...
Daniela Rocca ...
Rosana, Mistress of Vinolas
Christian Marquand ...
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 ...


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 <>

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


Drama | War


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Release Date:

October 1964 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Deine Zeit ist um  »

Box Office


$3,900,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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David De Keyser dubbed the actors playing Zaganor and Pedro. See more »


In the first 5 minutes of the movie it is supposed to be 1939 and the Loyalist (Republican) soldiers are crossing into exile on the French border. As they cross over they are turning in their guns and the first one to turn in his gun turns in a Russian PPSh-41 submachine gun. The PPSh-41 was not developed until 1941. See more »


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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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 might alienate half the audience.

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