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Behold a Pale Horse -- Based on the real-life exploits of Francisco Sabater, this is the story of a Spanish guerrilla living in exile in France and still leading raids on Spain, long after the Spanish Civil War has ended. An elaborate trap is set for him by a vicious police chief, using his mother and a priest as bait.


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Emeric Pressburger (novel)
J.P. Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1964 (Austria) See more »
The Danger of His Mission! The Daring of His Adventure! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Manuel Artiguez

Anthony Quinn ... Viñolas

Omar Sharif ... Francisco
Raymond Pellegrin ... Carlos
Paolo Stoppa ... Pedro

Mildred Dunnock ... 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
Martin Benson ... Priest
Jean-Claude Bercq
Claude Berri
Claude Confortès (as Claude Confortes)

Michael Lonsdale ... Reporter
Alain Saury ... Lt. Sanchez
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Horse Dealer (as Jose-Luis Vilallonga)
Elisabeth Wiener ... Cafe Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annick Allières
Pierre Dux ... (uncredited)
Albert Michel ... (uncredited)
Albert Rémy ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Emeric Pressburger (novel)

J.P. Miller (screenplay)

Produced by
Alexandre Trauner .... associate producer (as Alexander Trauner)
Gregory Peck .... producer (uncredited)
Fred Zinnemann .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Jean Badal (photography)
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alexander Trauner)
Art Direction by
Auguste Capelier 
Set Decoration by
Maurice Barnathan 
Costume Design by
Joan Bridge 
Elizabeth Haffenden 
Makeup Department
Marc Blanchard .... hair stylist
Michel Deruelle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Louis Wipf .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Feyder .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean Monchablon .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
Casting Department
Margot Capelier .... casting
Editorial Department
Tom Rolf .... assistant editor
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Other crew
Walter Kelley .... dialogue coach
Ruth Roberts .... dialogue coach
Frédéric Rossif .... opening montage by courtesy of (as Frederic Rossif)
Nicole Stéphane .... opening montage by courtesy of (as Nicole Stephane)
Alice Ziller .... continuity

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118 min | France:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:X | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Portugal:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20642) | West Germany:12 (f)

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Features Mourir à Madrid (1963)See more »


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36 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Totally Forgotten...Reasons?, 11 April 2006
Author: ewarn-1 from United States

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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