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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

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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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Deine Zeit ist um See more »

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Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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The six priests returning by train from Lourdes assemble behind an exit on the right side of the train as it pulls into the San Martin station, but when the scene switches to an exterior shot of the train platform, the priests descend to the platform through a door on the left side of the train. See more »

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Francisco: [regarding which faction killed his father] What difference does it make? Did either side have a right to take his life?
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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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Delayed Gratification and Worth the Wait
8 July 2013 | by jstock426See all my reviews

Criticisms of the slow-pace of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE fall in line with complaints of the lack of twist-off caps on fine bottles of wine. If patience has no virtue, you won't enjoy this film. Zinnemann's nuanced layering of mood, theme, and character requires appreciation of things developed over time.

A vintage rarely tasted these days (to further exploit the wine motif), Zinnemann shot this film in black-and-white, and it only enhances the shading of elements. The effect gives it a look concomitant with its complex characters who go through the angst of spiritual and emotional transformation. And the cast had to delight in Zinnermann's decision to let them exercise their art: Acting. Imagine Atticus Finch telling Jem to shut up and then slapping the lad "upside the head." Yet here's good-guy Peck abandoning type and stepping into the character of Artiguez, an angry man who delivers such a blow to a boy (about Jem's age), knocking him down onto the street.

BEHOLD A PALE HORSE delivers so much more than most films in that it compliments the entire palate of the viewer's intellect. That makes for a very good film. That takes time.


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