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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
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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
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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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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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Trivia

As they were not allowed by Spanish Gobernment to film in Spain, Fred Zinnemann and Alexandre Trauner stayed for two days at Frontón Hotel of Vitoria (Now Vitoria-Gasteiz) and went around the city to get pictures and information about buildings and people trying to reach the "intimate heartbeat of the city" in order to later recreate them properly. No local newspaper took the news maybe due censorship. 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

Francisco: Only two years ago one of our priests was in the bank in San Marco when you robbed it. It knocked him loose from his senses and he has never recovered.
Manuel Artiguez: Priests should stay out of banks.
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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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Featured in Hollywood contra Franco (2008) See more »

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BEHOLD A PALE HORSE (Fred Zinnemann, 1964) ***
15 July 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to this one for some time, due to its rather imposing credentials; it's certainly well-made and acted but also heavy-going, slow and excessively talky.

Gregory Peck is even stiffer and glummer than usual as a washed-out guerrilla fighter; Anthony Quinn is generally more subdued than is customary for him, being effectively cast against type as Peck's nemesis (though his character is completely absent from the film's mid-section); after a belated entrance, Omar Sharif manages to steal the acting honors from under the nose of his more experienced companions by giving a moving portrayal of a conflicted priest. The excellent cast is rounded out by Paolo Stoppa, Christian Marquand, Daniela Rocca, Mildred Dunnock, Rosalie Crutchley and Michel Lonsdale.

Ultimately, the film lacks the touch of greatness – but the unusual subject matter (adapted from an Emeric Pressburger novel) and the surprising but affecting child's eye view it takes of events keep one watching. Furthermore, the climactic assault on the hospital is both suspenseful and exciting and the ever-reliable Maurice Jarre contributes a subtly effective score.


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