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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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'What a one-horned ram can do, a one-legged chapandaz can do better!' 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)
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Corky Randall .... animal trainer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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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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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
'What a one-horned ram can do, a one-legged chapandaz can do better!', 23 April 2004

Set in Afghanistan, John Frankenheimer's 'The Horsemen' is the story of a tribesman determined to rival his father at horsemanship… Uraz is sent by his father Tursen to win the traditional Royal Buzkashi on the field of Bagrami in the capital city of Kabul…

Uraz on Jahil has to battle for control of a headless calf, carry it around a blue flag, and deposit it back in the 'Circle of Justice'… thus signifying that he wins the king's pennant… and remains as the master chapandaz of all Afghanistan… During the tournament, opposing horsemen use their whips to urge on their horses and to hit the rider for the chance to snatch the heavy carcass…

The motion picture turns around five well drawn characters: an angered son eaten up with vanity; a brave father who knew something worse than danger; a nomad woman whose touch defiles; a once loyal servant lusted for an 'unclean woman;' and a wager from the high passes of the East where 'men know how to forge fine weapons and use them well'…

Uraz (Omar Sharif) deliberately chose to bribe his devoted servant with the magnificent white stallion in order to increase the already terrible dangers which he hopes to conquer…

Zareh (Leigh-Taylor Young) urges her man to kill his high blood master to secure for herself his horse and his money…

Tursen (Jack Palance) know nothing but evil legends about an impossible road taken by his embittered son… His pain, remorse, and blood wept for a son lost through his fault…

Mukhi (David de Keyser) forgets his humble and faithful world in the arms of the 'untouchable' woman who pushes him to murder the great prince…

Hayatal (Peter Jeffrey) takes the challenge against 'the Prince Ram of the Valley' declaring openly to Uraz: 'What a one-horned ram can do, a one-legged chapandaz can do better!'

To understand 'The Horsemen' you must understand the rage, the beauty, and the tradition of a mountainous and landlocked country, isolated and left outside the mainstream of civilization…

Written by Academy Award winner Dalton Trumbo (The Brave One, Best Original Screenplay, 1956) 'The Horsemen' is a passionate film for men only… The film is a search that marks out the true concepts of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and trust…

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