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Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
Joseph Kessel (based upon the novel 'The Horsemen' by)
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Release Date:
11 August 1971 (France) See more »
A Horse Worth Killing For. A Dream Worth Dying For.
In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions)... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Omar Sharif ... Uraz

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Zareh

Jack Palance ... Tursen
Peter Jeffrey ... Hayatal
Srinanda De
George Murcell ... Mizrar

Eric Pohlmann ... Merchant in Kandahar

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Zam Hajji

Saeed Jaffrey ... District Chief
John Ruddock ... Scribe
Mark Colleano
Salmaan Peerzada ... Salih (as Salmaan Peer)
Aziz Resham ... Bacha to Ghulam (as Aziz Resh)
Leon Lissek ... Chikana Proprietor
Vida St. Romaine ... Gypsy Woman (as Vida St Romaine)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florencio Amarilla ... Arabian Man (uncredited)
Ishaq Bux ... Amjad Kahn (uncredited)
Carlos Casaravilla ... Messenger (uncredited)
José Luis Chinchilla ... Head Syce (uncredited)
David de Keyser ... Mukhi (uncredited)
P. De Quevedo ... King (uncredited)
Despo Diamantidou ... Uljan (uncredited)
Ricardo Palacios ... Ghulam (uncredited)

Milton Reid ... Aqqul (uncredited)
Mohammad Shamsi ... Osman Bey (uncredited)
Sy Temple ... Quadir (uncredited)
Jesús Tordesillas ... Little Governor (uncredited)

Tom Tryon ... (uncredited)
Barbara Wain ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alan Webb ... Gardi Gay (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)

Joseph Kessel (based upon the novel 'The Horsemen' by)

Produced by
Enrico Isacco .... associate producer
Edward Lewis .... producer
John Frankenheimer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Claude Renoir 
James Wong Howe (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Production Design by
Pierre-Louis Thévenet  (as Pierre Louis Thevenet)
Art Direction by
Gil Parrondo (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Moreau 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Giuliano Laurenti .... makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Bonniwell .... unit production manager
Eugène Nase .... production manager (as Eugene Naas)
Kurt Neumann .... production manager
Agustín Pastor .... production manager (as Agustín Pastor Gonzáles)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José López Rodero .... assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Braunschweig .... property master
Sound Department
Paul Boistelle .... sound
Jacques Carrère .... sound
Tom Overton .... sound
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects
Chuck Hayward .... stunt coordinator
Pierre Pakamoff .... stunt coordinator
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
André Domage .... second unit cameraman
Wladimir Ivanov .... second unit cameraman
Wladimir Ivanov .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Corky Randall .... animal trainer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
109 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2013) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)

Did You Know?

Two/three weeks into shooting, cinematographer James Wong Howe left the project. Due to disagreement with director John Frankenheimer over use of lens.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Tursen (Jack Palance) has a flashback to one of his past victories, one can tell that he is swinging a phony, lightweight, stuffed goat carcass around when his horse jumps up on the mud hut.See more »
District Chief:What demon has possessed you to mock these good people with that piece of dog-bait?See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bite the bullet!, 23 May 2010
Author: dbdumonteil

With a writer like Trumbo (who also did one of the best anti war movies of all time :"Johnny got his gun" )and a director like Frankenheimer ("the Manchurian candidate " "seconds" "birdman from Alcatraz" ,how could you be wrong?Add Omar Shariff and Jack Palance.Plus the marvelous wild landscapes .And the magic of these Asian nights.And however it does not quite make it.The slow-moving story is sometimes boring ,in spite of the talent of the actors (and the horses who play a prominent part ,check the title).The magnificence of the settings makes up for it but make sure you see it on a wide screen in a movie theater.Much of its appeal is inevitably lost on a tiny TV screen.

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