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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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Director:
Writers:
Emeric Pressburger (novel)
J.P. Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1964 (Austria) See more »
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Tagline:
The Danger of His Mission! The Daring of His Adventure! See more »
Plot:
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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BEHOLD A PALE HORSE (Fred Zinnemann, 1964) *** 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:
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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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 | 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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Francisco:[regarding which faction killed his father] What difference does it make? Did either side have a right to take his life?See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Mourir à Madrid (1963)See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
BEHOLD A PALE HORSE (Fred Zinnemann, 1964) ***, 15 July 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

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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