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Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)

In 1945 the fate of Vienna's famous Lipizzaner stallions hangs into balance.American general Patton could save them but first he asks to see them perform.

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Arthur Hiller

Writers:

AJ Carothers, Alois Podhajsky (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Col. Podhajsky
Lilli Palmer ... Vedena Podhajsky
Curd Jürgens ... Gen. Tellheim (as Curt Jurgens)
Eddie Albert ... Rider Otto
James Franciscus ... Maj. Hoffman
John Larch ... General George S. Patton, Jr.
Brigitte Horney ... Countess Arco-Valley
Philip Abbott ... Col. Reed
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Gen. Stryker
Erik Schumann ... Capt. Ranhoff
Douglas Fowley ... Lt. General Walton H. Walker
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Dispatcher
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Engineer
Michael Janisch Michael Janisch ... Refugee Leader
Fritz Wepper ... Rider Hans
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Storyline

In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and make sure that they are surrendered into the right hands. But Patton's something of a horse fancier and can help...if he sees the stallions perform. Written by Kathy Li

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The day a war stood still!

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Adventure | Drama | Family | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Flucht der weißen Hengste See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The equestrian performances were choreographed by the real Col. Alois Podhajsky. See more »

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Soundtracks

Minuet
(uncredited)
Written by Luigi Boccherini
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7/10 ****/5 ~ Underrated, intelligent, mature Walt Disney adventure.
14 May 2004 | by Doctor_MabuseSee all my reviews

This exceptional live-action Walt Disney adventure-drama might have benefited from a warmer actor in the lead role, but Robot Taylor (pun intended) nevertheless brings strength and conviction to the part of an angry but caring man. The supporting cast is uniformly excellent, especially Lilli Palmer and Curt Jurgens who supply a depth of emotion to a dry and unsentimental story.

The film works the family-oriented animal interest of the Lippizan horses into the framework of a dramatic and often suspenseful wartime adventure. One needn't be a horse-lover to be caught up in the story and end up caring about the animals which in this film are symbols of art, grace and beauty surviving a war-torn world. The audience is teased with glimpses of the stallions at play and in training and learns to appreciate their value so that the full-blown horse-show finale comes as a welcome joy.

The well-produced movie was filmed on location in Austria and is handsomely photographed. There is a gripping battle scene and adults will be impressed with the maturity of the entire project.


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