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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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Better-- much better than average See more (13 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)
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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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Better-- much better than average, 30 April 2006
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

Omar Sharif and Jack Palance may be the only names in this cast that most will recognize but the story based on an Afghan tale, set in Afghanistan before the Russian invasion, is a classic tale which lays out a great deal of Afghan culture during the period before the great disruption by the West. Afghanistan returned to the public eye after the post-911 invasion to depose the Taliban but the state of knowledge about these marvelous independent people who fought the British Empire to a standstill, still remains obscure. The game of buzgashi, a kind of polo for Weidman, was the core for many of the tribesmen. Its importance as an institution marking the status of tribes and individuals has no real counterpart in Western culture, and this is a tale of intrigue and self-learning, framed in a cultural setting we still have yet to understand.

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