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Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)

In 1945 the fate of Vienna's famous Lipizzaner stallions hangs into balance.American general Patton could save them but first he asks to see them perform.


Arthur Hiller


AJ Carothers, Alois Podhajsky (book)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Col. Podhajsky
Lilli Palmer ... Vedena Podhajsky
Curd Jürgens ... Gen. Tellheim (as Curt Jurgens)
Eddie Albert ... Rider Otto
James Franciscus ... Maj. Hoffman
John Larch ... General George S. Patton, Jr.
Brigitte Horney ... Countess Arco-Valley
Philip Abbott ... Col. Reed
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Gen. Stryker
Erik Schumann ... Capt. Ranhoff
Douglas Fowley ... Lt. General Walton H. Walker
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Dispatcher
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Engineer
Michael Janisch Michael Janisch ... Refugee Leader
Fritz Wepper ... Rider Hans


In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and make sure that they are surrendered into the right hands. But Patton's something of a horse fancier and can help...if he sees the stallions perform. Written by Kathy Li

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The day a war stood still!


Adventure | Drama | Family | War


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A well told, seldom heard, story of WWII
17 September 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Until I saw this film, I was unaware of the peril in which the famous Viennese "Spanish Riding School" had been in during the Nazi occupation of WWII. Robert Taylor (Col. Podhajsky) helped rectify that with quite a touching portrayal of the Director of that school who has to convince the authorities - both Nazi and American - of the merits of protecting the rare Lipizzaner horses from extinction. It's a Disney film, so we are spared any brutality or exposure to the unpleasantness of war, but it still manages to convey something of the real danger this internationally renowned institution faced. Taylor manages by feats of legerdemain and sheer effrontery - aided by his sidekick Eddie Albert, his sympathetic commanding officer Curt Jürgens and James Franciscus, an American officer who had seen the Colonel ride in the Olympics - to smuggle the stallions out of Vienna as the Allies approach, but how to reconcile them with their mares (stranded in soon-to-be Russian Czechoslovakia) left a problem that could only be sorted by equine lover Gen. George S. Patten (John Larch). There are good supporting efforts from Brigitte Horney as the Countess who offers them a refuge and from Lilli Palmer as his wife, and it is an enjoyable watch with something of the skill of these beautiful horses and their riders demonstrated at the end.

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29 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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