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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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 »
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 »
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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A great surprise!, 29 August 2003
Author: Ethan Delaram (luckyethan18) from tehran, Iran

I get surprise when see that only a few people see this film because I think that it is one of the best zinnemann film.The story which is about alone man that is far from of best years of his life and right now is desolate and subsist in very hard condition(spiritual)is so nice.Peck,Quinn and Sharif all are in their best. Scene that vinolas(Quinn)pray in church is unforgettable.

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