The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)





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This beautifully filmed silent classic stars Valentino. It is an anti-war story that follows a young man from Argentina to France, where he enlists to fight in WWI. He distinguishes himself, but dies tragically. It is an adaptation of Vicente Blasco Ibanez's novel. It contains the star's legendary tango scene. The story was put on film again in 1962.
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Alice Terry
as Marguerite
Pomeroy Cannon
as Madariaga
Josef Swickard
as Marcelo
Brinsley Shaw
as Celendonio
Alan Hale
as Karl
Jean Hersholt
as Prof. von Hartrott
Wallace Beery
as Lt. Col. von Richthoffen
Bridgetta Clark
as Dona Luisa
John St. Polis
as Etienne
Nigel De Brulier
as Tchernoff
Bowditch Turner
as Argensola
John Sainpolis
as Laurier
Mark Fenton
as Sen. Lacour
Derek Ghent
as Rene Lacour
Stuart Holmes
as Capt. von Hartrott
Henry Klaus
as Heinrich von Hartrott
Edward Connelly
as Lodgekeeper
Georgia Woodthorpe
as Lodgekeeper's Wife
Kathleen Key
as Georgette
Jacques D'Auray
as Capt. d'Aubrey
Curt Rehfeld
as Maj. Blumhordt
Bull Montana
as The French Butler
Isabelle Keith
as The German Woman
Noble Johnson
as Con quest
Arthur Hoyt
as Lieutenant
Claire de Lorez
as Mile. Lucette. the Model
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Critic Reviews for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

All Critics (2)

Rousing, heartbreaking, beautiful, ugly, and full of human activity, some of which sings with insight and emotion, some of which plods.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Has not worn well with age.

Full Review… | June 8, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

It's incredible emotional strengths and easily understood yet perfectly poetic metaphors make up for a few glaring flaws.

Bheema Da Cashman
Bheema Da Cashman

A hot hurricane of death swept across the valley! A rich Argentinean family recently band together. Part of the family is from France and part of the family is from Germany. Shortly after banding World War I breaks out and they find themselves on opposite sides of the battle. How can a family band together when they are shooting at each other on the battlefield? "Women are the plague of existence." Rex Ingram, director of Love in Morocco, The Arab, Ben-Hur, Triffling Women, The Prisoner of Zenda, Under Crimson Skies, and The Flower of Doom, delivers The Four Horsemen of the Apocalyse. The storyline for this picture was so methodical. The plot was vast but the story unfolds slowly and was a bit boring. The acting was okay and the cast includes Alan Hale, Rudolph Valentino, Pomeroy Cannon, Virginia Warwick, and Bridgetta Clark. "He holds the key to every language, living or dead." I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) hoping for an exciting old school western; unfortunately, this was a fairly boring World War 1 picture. The plots and subplots had potential, but I found myself bored to tears hoping this film would just end. I recommend skipping this picture. "He has no use for his three German grandsons." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Strange film, tries to be anti-militarist but ends up being pro-French and pro-US and anti-German. It is way way too long. Only for Valentino's true fans.

Ben Gui
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