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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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Adventures , thrills , horse-ridding and wonderful outdoors from Afghanistan and Spain 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
 
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Wladimir Ivanov .... assistant camera
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer
 
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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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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 »
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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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Adventures , thrills , horse-ridding and wonderful outdoors from Afghanistan and Spain, 19 March 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Spectacular movie with exciting adventures , horse-ridding and marvelous Oriental landscapes in the desolate , poor northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan . The story is suitably emblematic and talks upon a champion Afghan horseman named Uraz (Omar Sharif) who participates with his horse in an extraordinary national game of "buzkashi" dating back to the time of Genghis Khan . It is a fierce competition, played on the steppes of the northern Afghanistan , before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions . His father named Tursen (Jack Palance) is too old and has got a crooked leg , while Uraz is even prouder and with a morbidly self-destructive , he needs to prove himself against deadly dangers . Later on , he undertakes a risked journey to regain the honor he has lost after his defeat in the ceremonial game . On the journeys he loses a leg , is confronted by his servant (David Keyser) and an untouchable girl (Leigh Taylor Young) who want murder him , besides a nomad ( Peter Jeffrey) who struggles his scraggy one-horned sheep . Each meeting has within the seeds of his own meaning and predicament . The final spectacle , including Omar Sharif's double , of the horseman along with his stallion is breathtaking and overwhelming.

This stirring motion picture blends adventures , thrills , spectacular horse-game , emotions and is pretty entertaining . From the beginning to the end , the adventure and drama is continuous ; for that reason packs a lot of entertainment , though in ups and downs . With a cast of thousands and genuine Afghan extras , being shot on actual locations . Sets and production design are spellbound and the Oriental landscapes are mesmerizing . It is based on Joseph Kessel's 1967 novel, "Les Cavaliers" ("The Horsemen"), Kessel spent almost fifty years of his life roaming the world and being adapted by the black-listed Dalton Trumbo . Colorful cinematography by Claude Renoir filmed on location in Afghanistan and Almeria , Spain , where in the 60s and early 70s were filmed a lot of Westerns . Sensitive and fascinating musical score by George Delerue .

The motion picture is compellingly directed by John Frankenheimer . At the beginning he worked for TV and turned to the cinema industry with The Young Stranger (1957) . Disappointed his with first feature film experience he came back to his successful television career directing a total of 152 live television shows in the 50s. He took another opportunity to change to the big screen , collaborating with Burt Lancaster in The Young Savages (1961) and Birdman of Alcatraz(62) ending up becoming a successful director well-known by his skills with actors and expressing on movies his views on important social deeds and philosophical events and film-making some classics as ¨The Manchurian candidate, Seven days of May and The Train¨ . The flick will appeal to Oriental adventure enthusiasts and Omar Sharif fans. Rating: Good, well worth watching

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