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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 »
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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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(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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Paved with good intentions 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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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:
The movie was banned in Spain, which was still ruled by Generalisimo Francisco Franco, the fascist victor of the Spanish Civil War.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:
Manuel Artiguez:The only one who's going to suffer is the priest.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Mourir à Madrid (1963)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Paved with good intentions, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

One of the few films to deal with the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Behold a Pale Horse is a now completely forgotten but once high-profile well-intentioned failure where you can see the good intentions and valid reasoning behind every misstep. It certainly has pedigree to spare: Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn resuming on screen hostilities after their ruckus on Navarone, a supporting cast including Omar Sharif and Christian Marquand, a screenplay based on a novel by Emeric Pressburger (the wonderfully titled Killing a Mouse On Sunday) and direction by Fred Zinnemann. At its core is an effectively simple idea, with Anthony Quinn's failing local police chief trying to tempt Gregory Peck's legendary Republican bandit across the border into Franco's Spain and right into a trap, with the rebel's dying mother as the bait. But the film wants to be more than a thriller or a simple adventure story and in the process ends up considerably less. The biggest problem is a slow opening half, where Peck is kept deliberately at a distance, seen only through the eyes of a child and filtered through the hatred of Quinn as the film tries to build him into a mythic figure so that when we finally do meet the embittered, grumpy and overly cautious man the void between reputation and reality is that much greater. Unfortunately he's kept at far too much of a distance and the film is just far too low-key and drawn out to really draw us in.

Thankfully the second half is considerably more successful as the moral dilemmas multiply and the story enters Graham Greeneland as the tired, violently atheist hero has to face the betrayal of friends and the help of a priest, although it's not without its absurdities (most notably in a scene in Lourdes where they look for, and find with comical ease, one specific group of priests among thousands). This desperately wants to be a great film, but sadly it rarely manages to be a good one, much as you may appreciate the effort. Those with an eye for trivia might want to note early bit parts from Michel Lonsdale at a reporter in the final scene and an uncredited future producer Claude Berri as well as the involvement of actress Nicole Stephane and writer-director Frederic Rossif in putting together the extremely effective opening montage sequence.

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