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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. See more »
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 (14 total) »


  (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)
Editorial Department
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Corky Randall .... animal trainer (uncredited)

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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?

The film began shooting using 65mm negative (Super Panavision), but during production, Columbia went through a change in management. The budgets for this and another 65mm production, "MacKenna's Gold," were cut, and both films were forced to switch over to 35mm anamorphic Panavision. However, both were released in 70mm, with the later-shot sections blown up. In later years, the mix-and-match formats made restoration of the films more time-consuming and expensive than if they'd been shot entirely in 65mm, and they were preserved in 35mm only.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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12 out of 14 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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