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Behold a Pale Horse
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Director:
Writers:
Emeric Pressburger (novel)
J.P. Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1964 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Danger of His Mission! The Daring of His Adventure! See more »
Plot:
Manuel Artiguez, a famous bandit during the Spanish civil war, has lived in French exile for 20 years... See more » | Full synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Good fellows: Martin Scorsese and Colonel Blimp
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 30 October 2012, 3:55 AM, PDT)

Fred Zinnemann: Oscar Actors Director
 (From Alt Film Guide. 26 February 2012, 1:06 AM, PST)

"Goldfinger" Actor Martin Benson Dead At Age 91
 (From CinemaRetro. 4 March 2010, 7:18 AM, PST)

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With This Assemblage of Talent, Why Wasn't It Better? See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (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:
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)
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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Runtime:
118 min | France:121 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:X | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20642) | West Germany:12 (f)

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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:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Francisco:The Lord giveth and taketh.
Pilar:Mostly taketh.
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Movie Connections:
Features Mourir à Madrid (1963)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
With This Assemblage of Talent, Why Wasn't It Better?, 11 August 2008
Author: kayaker36 from Queens, NY

It wasn't all hysteria. There were Communists and Communist sympathizers in the movie business. Several were involved one way and another in the making of this didactic film. This picture with its heavy political message about the backwardness and repression in Spain under Franco could never have been made in the United States although two American actors share top billing.

There is some fine acting here but not by Gregory Peck. He does not make a convincing European. Nor does the brutishness of his character fit the man of integrity audiences had come to expect this great star to portray.

On the other hand, the restrained performance by Anthony Quinn makes his **Guardia** captain the most complicated and interesting character in the movie. Unlike his adversary, this man has no illusions. He knows he serves a regime that rules by fear though he is outwardly courteous to everyone. A married man, the address and telephone number of his mistress are common knowledge at police headquarters. Yet he prays with apparent sincerity to the Virgin for success in the upcoming confrontation. You really wish there were more of him but he has little screen time--one of the movie's major faults.

Big, handsome Christian Marquand from Marseilles, France is outstanding as Quinn's able and tactful lieutenant, and as Pilar, mother to Peck's character and an unreconstructed, anticlerical leftist, American Mildred Dunnock is remarkably convincing in a small role. Having been brought **in extremis** to the local hospital, she sends a priest who has come to her bedside away with the suggestion he "go and bless the rifles in the firing squad".

The documentary footage of the pilgrimage site at Lourdes, France is a gratifying bonus, along with some impressive shots of the Pyrenees. In truth, the cinematography is first rate throughout, a Fred Zinneman trademark.

The shortcomings in the film center around the screenplay. There is too much talking as many others here have remarked, the movie is tedious in places and about fifteen minutes too long. The device of having much of the action viewed through the eyes of a child simply doesn't work.

Many have noted that Peck and Quinn had appeared together in the 1959 blockbuster "The Guns of Navarone". Along with composer Maurice Jarre, several actors from "Lawrence of Arabia" are reunited in this picture, also. There is Quinn, Omar Sharif as a priest facing a moral dilemma and in an odd bit of casting, Anglo-Pakistani Zia Mohyeddin. He plays a guide--the same role he had in "Lawrence" but this time he survives.

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