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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)

Approved | | Drama, War | 12 July 1962 (Mexico)
In Argentina, one daughter of patriarch Madariaga is married to a Frenchman while the other is married to a German thus leading to a crisis when Nazi Germany occupies France and some Madariaga family members fight on opposite sides.


Vincente Minnelli


Robert Ardrey (screenplay), John Gay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Julio Desnoyers
Ingrid Thulin ... Marguerite Laurier
Charles Boyer ... Marcelo Desnoyers
Lee J. Cobb ... Julio Madariaga
Paul Lukas ... Karl von Hartrott
Yvette Mimieux ... Chi Chi Desnoyers
Karlheinz Böhm ... Heinrich von Hartrott (as Karl Boehm)
Paul Henreid ... Etienne Laurier
Harriet E. MacGibbon ... Dona Luisa Desnoyers (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Kathryn Givney ... Elena von Hartrott
Marcel Hillaire ... Armand Dibier
George Dolenz ... General von Kleig
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Colonel Kleinsdorf
Nestor Paiva ... Miguel
Albert Rémy ... François (as Albert Remy)


In Argentina, family man Julio Madariaga (Lee J. Cobb) is the patriarch of his family and considers his farm paradise on Earth. One of his daughters, Dona Luisa Desnoyers (Harriet E. MacGibbon), has married French immigrant Marcelo Desnoyers (Charles Boyer) and they have one son, the playboy Julio (Glenn Ford), and one daughter, the gorgeous student of Sorbonne Chi Chi (Yvette Mimieux). His other daughter, Elena von Hartrott (Kathryn Givney), has married German Karl von Hartrott (Paul Lukas), and they have three sons: Heinrich (Karlheinz Böhm), Gustav (Brian Avery), and Franz (Richard Franchot). In 1938, Heinrich returns from Germany for a family reunion and when he tells that he has joined the S.S., the displeased Julio Madariaga has a heart attack and dies. When France is occupied by the Germans, the family reunites in Paris, and Franz is the Nazi administrator in France. The alienated Julio has a studio where he paints, and has a love affair with Marguerite Laurier (Ingrid Thulin),... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Paris, city of lovers...the day the clocks stopped turning and the world stood still... See more »


Drama | War


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Minnelli's version tries to be 'more' than a war or anti-war film...
12 December 1999 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Vincente Minnelli brought his aspiring "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" to the events of World War II... The new version tries to be 'more' than a war or anti-war film...

The quality of the Argentinean family with its members fighting on both sides (French and German), revealed great nationalism in their habits of thought and expression... They arouse love and ideal even in their attitudes, interests and actions to each others... They put everything at the stake, specifically two important talents, Julio (Glenn Ford) and Heinrich (Karl Boehm), trapped in this entertaining remake of "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."

Karl Boehm, the ambitious Colonel Heinrich, member of the S.S. envies his cousin's independence... The dinner sequence makes it evident: When Heinrich sees his charming cousin, spending pleasant time with a beautiful woman, he warns General Von Kleig (George Dolenz), not to abuse excessively his rank as Commander of Paris in his own private interest...

The film describes the awakening of a wealthy high-living Franco-Argentinean to his duty to France after his sister is killed by the Gestapo and his father implored him to act and do what he never did... Julio finds his manhood as a member of the French resistance during War World II.

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Release Date:

12 July 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$7,174,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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