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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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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
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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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David De Keyser dubbed the actors playing Zaganor and Pedro.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:[regarding which faction killed his father] What difference does it make? Did either side have a right to take his life?See more »
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Features Mourir à Madrid (1963)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sensational film that was banned in Spain dealing with a Republican war veteran who returns Spain, 1 August 2010
Author: ma-cortes

Intelligent and magnificent film by the great director Fred Zinnemann . It deals with "Manuel Artíguez" (Gregory Peck), he is a popular "maqui" or partisan who after the Spanish Civil War, left the country such as hundreds of comrades to take refuge in France. Twenty years later, "Paco" , a 11 years kid , and son of his best friend passes the Spanish border to ask him for return to Spain and murder the Captain of the Civil Guard, "Viñolas" (Anthony Quinn), in revenge for the death of his father. Artíguez, a resident in the city of Pau is nowadays retired and ignores the request of the boy . But, "Pilar" (Mildred Dunnock) mother of "Artíguez" falls seriously ill, and "Viñolas" decides to prepare a trap that allows capture "Artíguez" . Although a good priest (Omar Sharif) advises Manuel that he's being double-crossed by Carlos (Raymond Pellegrin), Manuel determines to return at whatever cost.

Picture inspired by the novel "Killing a mouse on Sunday" by Emeric Pressbuguer in which the personages undergo a physical wage war and ideological battle in post-Spanish Civil War . At the beginning displays frames of the documentary "Morir en Madrid," with opening montage by courtesy by Frederic Rossif. The film was shot in Franstudio, Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne, France and Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France . There was built a Spanish street that followed once time was terminated the shooting . Pressburger's novel was loosely based on the last raid of real-life anarchist guerrilla Antonio Sabate who was murdered in an ambush in 1959.

This film is almost unknown since it was banned in Spain for its politics issues until subsequent exhibition in 1979. The movie was prohibited in Spain, which was still commanded by Generalissimo Francisco Franco (deceased in 1975), the victorious General of the Spanish Civil War . And it was scheduled to be telecast on a major American network, but was canceled at the last minute, allegedly at the behest of the Spanish government. Fortunately today we can enjoy this splendid masterpiece , a motion picture masterfully realized and played with a top-notch list of first players . The performers hand perfectly their respective characters . The "Manuel" role in his bitterness and deception is awesome , as well as the "Viñolas" in his toughness and rudeness . Furthermore , a large secondary cast formed by veterans as Mildred Dunnock and Paolo Stoppa ; and brief roles by Daniela Rocca ,Jose Luis Villalonga, Claude Berri , Michael Lonsdale, Christian Marquand and Rosalie Crutchley as the ill wife.

This is an interesting and thought-provoking thriller well produced by Alexander Trauner ( also production designer) and Zinnemann . It packs tension , high intrigue , political events and is slow-moving ; however is pretty entertaining . In spite of the fact that the runtime is overlong, is neither tiring , nor dull , but thrilling . The motion picture is stunningly directed by Fred Zinnemann who had a lot of experience from his former classic films as ¨High Noon, From here to eternity, Man for all seasons ¨, among them. Rating : Very Good , better than average. In spite of being such fine movie the picture had a minor success at the box office . Rating : Above average . Essential and indispensable watching , valiant try by all.

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