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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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Not A Book That Lends Itself To Cinema 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)

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
 
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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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Not A Book That Lends Itself To Cinema, 30 August 2013
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

This is an example of taking a book and adapting it to the large screen and realising with hindsight that it works better as a book . I'm not familiar with Joseph Kessel's original novel but the comments on this page state that the film is very faithful to the book and that might be the problem . It's a story that concentrates on obsession at winning at all costs and Uraz the protagonist is a universal metaphor for all mankind that when you want to win something it can cost you very dearly

You can perhaps see why the producers thought this would make a great film with its exotic locations and the fact it was st in Afghanistan before the land reforms the mid 1970s that led to civil war and the subsequent Soviet intervention is what made me seek out the film if only to understand Afghan culture better and the film does contain an intelligent opening when the audience are led to believe they're watching a scene from the 17th Century only to the Afghan rug pulled from under their feet as a jet plane screams over head . Likewise there's some spectacular scenes involving the sport of buzkashi where horsemen literally fight over the carcass of a dead goat and there's some impressive cinematography featuring the Afghan landscape but the inherent problem with the film is the character driven narrative which doesn't kindly lend itself to the medium of cinema

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