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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 »
Genre:
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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A psychological confrontation in an historic background. 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)
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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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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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:
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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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A psychological confrontation in an historic background., 7 April 2003
Author: Gregori from Barcelona, Catalonia

When the Spanish War was finished, winners devoted to go after anybody who reflected the red light of the communism or any other color they dislike. On the other hand, few guerilla fighter continued his actions against the winners. But their strength was lower every time. One of this guerrilla was Valentin González "el campesino", which figure is portrayed in this film in a free form (not in an historical form).

Twenty years after the Civil war conclusion, the Spanish police has a good option to capture one of these ex-combatants, who was in exile in France. The description of the methods and day-to-day life of the Spanish police could be the reason which explains that the Spanish Government forbade any more Columbia's film in Spain.

You need no knowledge about the twenty Century Spain's history to understand the film, although you can enjoy more it if you know something. In fact, the film put in a specific political situation the psychological confrontation between two men. It could be a good exercise to understand the motives which impulse his actions.

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