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11 August 1971 (France) See more »
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A Horse Worth Killing For. A Dream Worth Dying For.
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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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Action adventure in Afghanastan: needs to become a DVD! See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Omar Sharif ... Uraz

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Zareh

Jack Palance ... Tursen
David de Keyser ... Mukhi
Peter Jeffrey ... Hayatal
Mohammad Shamsi ... Osman Bey
George Murcell ... Mizrar

Eric Pohlmann ... Merchant in Kandahar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ishaq Bux ... Amjad Kahn
Carlos Casaravilla ... Messenger
José Luis Chinchilla ... Head Syce
Mark Colleano
P. De Quevedo ... King
Srinanda De
Despo Diamantidou ... Uljan (as Despo)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Zam Hajji

Saeed Jaffrey ... District Chief
Leon Lissek ... Chikana Proprietor
Ricardo Palacios ... Ghulam
Salmaan Peerzada ... Salih (as Salmaan Peer)

Milton Reid ... Aqqul
Aziz Resham ... Bacha to Ghulam
John Ruddock ... Scribe
Vida St. Romaine ... Gypsy Woman
Sy Temple ... Quadir
Jesús Tordesillas ... Little Governor

Tom Tryon
Barbara Wain ... Nurse
Alan Webb ... Gardi Gay
Florencio Amarilla ... Arabian Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Kessel  novel
Dalton Trumbo 

Produced by
John Frankenheimer .... producer
Edward Lewis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
André Domage 
James Wong Howe 
Claude Renoir 
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Production Design by
Pierre-Louis Thévenet  (as Pierre Thévenet)
 
Art Direction by
Gil Parrondo 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Moreau 
 
Makeup Department
Giuliano Laurenti .... makeup artist
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects
 
Stunts
Chuck Hayward .... stunt coordinator
Pierre Pakamoff .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wladimir Ivanov .... assistant camera
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer
 
Casting Department
Selway Baker .... casting assistant
 
Other crew
Corky Randall .... animal trainer
 

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109 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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 »
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District Chief:What demon has possessed you to mock these good people with that piece of dog-bait?See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Action adventure in Afghanastan: needs to become a DVD!, 15 December 2001
Author: KumariDevi from Directly over the center of the Earth.

An excellent adaptation of the Book by Joseph Kessel; centered on the running of the first Buskashi in Kabul by the King of Afghanistan circa the 1950s. I have read the book in its English translation(1968) and seen the Movie on VHS.(1671) The movie is very fresh and not dated; and all the more compelling due to recent liberation from Arab control of that country. Footage of the Buskashi just has to be from a real game. The games were played at Bagram (Bagrimi) the plain above Kabul which was made an airport in recent years.

The author, Kessel can be compared to Joseph Conrad and Hemmingway as he apparently lived what he wrote. The book has themes just as penetrating as "Heart of Darkness" or "the Old man and the Sea" and much has translated well to this Movie. The acting is well done and convincingly. Local color shots were done in the late sixties giving this film a truly timeless feeling with little motor traffic evident.

One inspired scene has Jack Palance as Chief breeder and legendary Horseman, interrupted in his instructions to his team by the noise of a Jet; and looking up to see contrails above.

This is a real treasure just begging to be on DVD.

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