The Horsemen (1971)

The Horsemen (1971)




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Director John Frankenheimer, extrapolating from his earlier films The Gypsy Moths and Grand Prix, examines machismo and how men test themselves to the limits of endurance in The Horsemen. The film takes place in modern day Afghanistan. Uraz (Omar Sharif), the son of Tursen (Jack Palance), the stable master for a feudal lord, is a master horseman who lives by a primitive code of honor. Uruz's family honor is damaged when he breaks his leg playing the game which is the Afghani equivalent of polo. His father, who lost a lot of money betting on his son, will barely speak to him. To regain the family honor (and wealth) he must somehow re-learn how to ride -- after his injuries cost him his leg below the knee. In the face of great obstacles, and despite the derision and treachery of others, he gains the chance to play in the games given by the king of Afghanistan. The footage of the horsemanship in these dangerous and anarchic games is one of the real highlights of this film.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Jack Palance
as Tursen
Peter Jeffrey
as Hayatal
Mohammed Shamsi
as Osman Bey
Eric Pohlmann
as Merchant Of Kandahar
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Zam Hajji
Ishaq Bux
as Amjad Kahn
Saeed Jaffrey
as District Chief
John Ruddock
as Scribe
Alan Webb
as Gardi Gay
Sy Temple
as Quadir
Aziz Resh
as Bacha to Ghulam
Vida St. Romaine
as Gypsy Woman
Leon Lissek
as Chikana Proprietor
Milton Reid
as Aqqul
Jesus Tordesillas
as Little Governor
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Critic Reviews for The Horsemen

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The location shots in Afghanistan (and some in Spain) are off-beat and stunning, and are the best reason to see this film.

Full Review… | December 28, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There is little balance given to the Afghan people shown here.

July 7, 2004
Apollo Guide

The Horsemen takes its rightful place, if gawkily so, among Frankenheimer's best films

Full Review… | April 5, 2004
Film Freak Central

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July 22, 2005

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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