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Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Approved | | Drama, War | 24 September 1964 (UK)
Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Emeric Pressburger (novel), J.P. Miller (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Manuel Artiguez
Anthony Quinn ... Viñolas
Omar Sharif ... Francisco
Raymond Pellegrin ... Carlos
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Pedro
Mildred Dunnock ... Pilar
Daniela Rocca ... Rosana, Mistress of Vinolas
Christian Marquand ... Zaganar
Marietto Marietto ... Paco Dages (as Marietto Angeletti)
Perrette Pradier ... Maria, Hussy (as Perette Pradier)
Zia Mohyeddin ... Luis, Guide of Paco
Rosalie Crutchley ... Teresa, Wife of Vinolas
Molly Urquhart Molly Urquhart ... Hospital Nurse
Jean-Paul Moulinot Jean-Paul Moulinot ... Father Esteban
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Celestina
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Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

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The Danger of His Mission! The Daring of His Adventure! See more »

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Trivia

This went through several title changes. It was also known as " The 25th Hour ", " To Spring a Trap" and " Killing a Mouse on Sunday ". See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, when Gregory Peck is digging up the guns, he unwraps a Sten gun. The Spanish Civil War took place from 1936 to 1939 and the sten gun wasn't in service until 1941. This means that it couldn't have been buried when they fled Spain. See more »

Quotes

Francisco: The Lord giveth and taketh.
Pilar: Mostly taketh.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits - the first card shown contains the passage from Revelations 6:8, which contains the phrase "Behold a Pale Horse", the title of the film. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood contra Franco (2008) See more »

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Gregory Peck Doesn't Believe In Surrendering
17 February 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In 1939 like John Wayne's Ethan Edwards in The Searchers, Gregory Peck does not believe in surrenders. When all the others give up their weapons and go home, Peck conspicuously keeps his and keeps up the good fight. Of course twenty years later, Peck's become nothing more than a common bandit with the barest trappings of the revolutionary ardor he once had for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War.

His rival, his Pat Garrett to Peck being Billy the Kid, is the local captain of the Guardia Civil in Anthony Quinn. Peck's constant raids into his border area from France are a source of embarrassment to him and block his chances for advancement. At one time Quinn was a hardened Falangist, but now he's just a policeman.

Twenty years as made a lot of changes in both men. Quinn a devote Catholic who probably joined the fascist forces because of the anti-clerical attitudes of the Republican government now observes the form of religion, but he's got a mistress on the side. When he goes to pray it's not for anything profound, just please let him get Peck so he can advance.

Peck is as anti-clerical as he was during the Spanish Civil War in the late Thirties, but now is really into it a lot for violence's sake. He also knows his cause is long lost, but needs the excuse for what he's now doing. He also gets quite a surprise in finding a priest like Omar Sharif going to warn him about an informer in his crew. Catholics do come in all shapes and sizes.

Although Peck is somewhat miscast as a Spaniard, still he does a good job as does Quinn and Sharif. The strength of Behold a Pale Horse is that it presents both Peck and Quinn as flesh and blood people, neither of them all good or all evil from your point of view.

Behold a Pale Horse was made in 1964 and eleven years later Francisco Franco in whose service Quinn was in died after being dictator of Spain for 36 years. When I visited Spain in 2001 the thing that struck me was how there was very little evidence of Franco's reign. Spain has now settled quite nicely into a constitutional monarchy with a functioning parliament. And the Catholic church which rode as high in Spain as it did during Philip II is rapidly losing influence.

Kind of makes you wonder just what Peck and Quinn were fighting about.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1964 (UK) See more »

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$3,900,000 (estimated)
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