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Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Behold a Pale Horse




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By 1964, it was possible for a major studio to make a film touching upon the Spanish Civil War without having to answer to some senate investigating committee or other. Based on Emeric Pressburger's novel A Mouse on Sunday, Behold a Pale Horse stars Gregory Peck as a war veteran who continues waging a one-man offensive years after hostilities have officially ceased. Exiled to France, Peck is lured back to Spain by vengeful police captain Anthony Quinn. Priest Omar Sharif advises Peck that he's being tricked, but Peck is determined to return to Spain to bid farewell to his dying mother Mildred Dunnock. Halfway through, the film bogs down into ponderous preachifying and moralizing, but overall the film is worth a glance. In 1966, Behold a Pale Horse was scheduled to be telecast on a major American network, but was cancelled at the last minute, reportedly at the behest of the Spanish government.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: J.P. Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Gregory Peck
as Manuel Artiguez
Anthony Quinn
as Viñolas
Omar Sharif
as Francisco
Christian Marquand
as Lt. Zaganar
Molly Urquhart
as Hospital Nurse
Jean-Paul Moulinot
as Father Esteban
Laurence Badie
as Celestina
Alain Saury
as Lt. Sanchez
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Critic Reviews for Behold a Pale Horse

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Omar Sharif shows a warm, sensitive side in this film, playing the role of a young priest torn between obligations of personal morality and the official laws of government.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

The drama is too diffuse for excitement.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's best asset is the stirring performance by Gregory Peck as an aging revolutionary.

Full Review… | April 29, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Peck is very good, Quinn is superb, and everyone involved with this powerful movie should take a bow.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...elevated by some expectedly great acting.

Full Review… | February 26, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

Behold a Pale Horse may be flawed, but is well worth taking a look at.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Behold a Pale Horse


Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


All fine actors, all excellent performences. a story that endures and digs at the heart. A rebel with a grand cause. This is a really good movie to see esp. because the balck & white give so much of the dicotomy of good vs bad: law supported vs rebel. Which is really right? The role of the priest [Sharif} assists in undertanding that quandry. What is his choice? moving movie...A+

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