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The Horsemen (1971)

In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Joseph Kessel (based upon the novel 'The Horsemen' by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Omar Sharif ... Uraz
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Zareh
Jack Palance ... Tursen
Peter Jeffrey ... Hayatal
Srinanda De Srinanda De ... Mukhi
George Murcell ... Mizrar
Eric Pohlmann ... Merchant in Kandahar
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Zam Hajji
Saeed Jaffrey ... District Chief
John Ruddock John Ruddock ... Scribe
Mark Colleano Mark Colleano ... Rahim
Salmaan Peerzada ... Salih (as Salmaan Peer)
Aziz Resham Aziz Resham ... Bacha to Ghulam (as Aziz Resh)
Leon Lissek ... Chikana Proprietor
Vida St. Romaine Vida St. Romaine ... Gypsy Woman (as Vida St Romaine)
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In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their clans is determined less by wealth or even military power (both rare) then by victories in the ancient, though game of buskashi, a vicious form of polo dating back to Genghis Khan, in which the chapendaz (participating horsemen) use their horse-whips on both mounts and rivals in a ruthless fight for a heavy 'ball', a dead calf, which must be carried a long way, almost impossible with all the others mercilessly assailing. Tursen, a former champion, now holds the status of village notable thanks to his position as stable-keeper of the regional lord Osman Bey, and has finally bred a horse without equal, the white stallion Jahil, in time for the royal tournament on the plain of Bagrami, just outside the capital Kabul. As Tursen is too old and has a crooked leg, his son Uraz, even prouder and with a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Father and son battle for glory. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Orgullo de estirpe See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Langella was offered a part by John Frankenheimer, but Columbia insisted on a screen test before signing any contract. The screen test was a success, but in the meantime Mel Brooks had offered Langella the second lead in The Twelve Chairs (1970) and he chose that instead. A furious Frankenheimer told him he would never work in this town again. See more »

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When Tursen (Jack Palance) has a flashback to one of his past victories, one can tell that he is swinging a phony, lightweight, stuffed goat carcass around when his horse jumps up on the mud hut. See more »

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District Chief: What demon has possessed you to mock these good people with that piece of dog-bait?
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A Frankenheimer Classic!
3 December 2002 | by Zulu_KingSee all my reviews

Not having seen this film since its initial release, I have vague moments of recollection (I was eleven at the time) but, after all these years, I still remember this film, a few scenes-even the theater where I saw it-so that has to count for something. We, my parents, and myself went to many, many movies so it was not unusual for me to come along, even at decidedly adult fair such as this. My mother had a crush on Omar-notwithstanding that they share the same passion for bridge. Frankenheimer had a good reputation for producing and directing interesting, offbeat films that hit as often as they miss-The Manchurian Candidate, Grand Prix, and Black Sunday come to mind. So, we gave this film a shot.

While I do not remember the plotline to any great extent, what I do remember quite vividly was that this film took place in Afghanistan, and features quite prominently the national sport of Buzkashi-a sport whereby riders on horses attempt to deposit the carcass of a lamb in a circle. Also, this has what is quite honestly the best performance in a film by Omar Sharif you will ever find. He plays a great rider who is injured early in the film. He broads about a lot but finally finds redemption by returning to the sport that nearly killed him for that one last ride. I do not remember if he makes it through alive.

Buzkashi is an old, old brutal sport/ritual full of tradition and ceremony. The film took great pains to present this dying spectacle as realistically as possible and is the great set piece to the film. A true Man's man sport, it is not for the fainthearted. For me, at eleven, I was not used to cinematic `realism' even though by then I had seen hundreds of films. Perhaps it is why I remember it so for it made quite an impression.

The film was transferred to video but is long out of print and only available through collectors. It has not made it to DVD, unfortunately. I have not seen it since it initial release.

Still, in a long career for Frankenheimer, this is a film that should not be forgotten and is probably one of his best.


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