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Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Gregory Peck , Anthony Quinn  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Raymond Pellegrin, Paolo Stoppa
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Korean, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00070HK2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Behold a Pale Horse" on IMDb

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Manuel has been on the run for 15 yearsand now it seems his time is up. Gregory Peck stars as Manuel, a guerilla leader who has been sought by a cruel police captain named Vinolas (Anthony Quinn) for fifteen years but has always managed to elude him. Upon learning that his mother is dying, Manuel is forced into the open, where Vinolas awaits. Manuel must reach the town of San Martin where he's plans. Reaching San Martin, Manuel has the opportunity to kill either the informer or Vinolas. Whom will he choose?

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEHOLD A PALE HORSE- GREGORY PECK , ANTHONY QUINN May 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A classic action film with a brilliant cast! Features Gregory Peck as "Manuel Artiguez" an aging spanish revolutionary exile living in the french town of "Po" near the spanish border and the Pirennes Mts. Artiguez is dreaded by the spanish authorities and specially by ruthless and somewhat corrupt commander of Franco's Guardia Civil, Captain Vin~olas, brilliantly portrayed by Anthony Quinn,due to Artiguez ability to cross the border, raise havoc in spanish territory and escape, unharmed back to his safe haven in France, in spite of Vin~olas best efforts to capture him. Equally brilliant supporting cast by Omar Sharif, Mildred Dunnock, Paolo Stoppa and Mario Angeletti. Probably based on a true story,which takes place around 1959 or 20 years after the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) this is an unforgettable action film, a must buy!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a subtle, excellent drama June 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I thought in memory of Anthony Quinn's passing, I'd view one of his lesser known performances, and do a review on it. One of my favorite actors, he was always fascinating and versatile, with a great screen presence. His filmography is remarkable, and spans 6 decades. I love "La Strada" ('54), "Lawrence of Arabia" ('62), and one of his last, the sweet and sentimental "A Walk in the Clouds" ('95).
This film starts with actual 1936-39 newsreel footage, and proceeds to tell the story of Manuel, a warrior-soul who won't give up, and the anguish and trials he goes through. The intrigue that surrounds him, in trying to capture him, makes for a subdued but suspenseful drama.
Gregory Peck is Manuel, and though not 100% convincing as a Spaniard, is nevertheless excellent. Quinn is fabulous as the police captain, rougueish and full of vitality, determined to get his man. My favorite character in this film is the priest, with Omar Sharif giving a performance of amazing and unforgettable depth.
Made in 1964, Fred Zinnemann directed this with a lot of sensitivity...it's in black and white, with a lovely score by Maurice Jarre. Though this film never received much critical acclaim, or public recognition, I've seen it several times, and appreciate it more with each viewing.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be better known October 24, 2005
By steve b
Format:DVD
It is a sign of Gregory Peck's talent as an actor that although used to playing American Heros in films like to Kill a Mockingbird, he is totally convincing as Artiguez, a Spanish Communist living in France during the time of the Franco regime.

Peck's performance is matched by that of Anthony Quinn as Captain Vinolas, the Spanish policeman who sets out to catch him.

Artiguez is a hero to the Spanish exiles in France, having spent the years since the Spanish Civil War crossing into Spain and robbing banks. Dispite this he lives in povety having given all the procedes from his robberies away.

Vinolas is determined to catch Artiquez who has made a fool of him over the years. When Artiquez's mother, who still lives in Spain, falls fataly ill, Vinolas gets the message to Artiguez knowing that he will have to try and see his mother before she dies.

Both Vinolas and Artiquez are shown as real people, Peck plays the Communist bandit as a man tied of the life he has led,

although he is still true to his cause. Vinolas is a corrupt Policeman with a crippled wife and a mistress. However in church he promises God that he will give up his mistress, return a horse which he was given as bribe and take his wife to Lourdes if he catches Artiquez.

Shot in black and white it is clear that neither Vinolas or Artiquez is a hero, neither are either of them a villan.

Omar Sharif, in an early role plays the priest who Artiquez's mother sends to him warning him not to try and see her as Vinolas will be waiting.

An film which should be much better known, not only for it's

unusal story but for the performances of it's leading actors.

Peck being to my mind one the most talented actors ever to grace the screen and anyone who does not love Anthony Quinn must have been born without a soul.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paved with good intentions... April 26, 2007
Format:DVD
One of the few films to deal with the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Behold a Pale Horse is a now completely forgotten but once high-profile well-intentioned failure where you can see the good intentions and valid reasoning behind every misstep. It certainly has pedigree to spare: Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn resuming on screen hostilities after their ruckus on Navarone, a supporting cast including Omar Sharif and Christian Marquand, a screenplay based on a novel by Emeric Pressburger (the wonderfully titled Killing a Mouse On Sunday) and direction by Fred Zinnemann. At its core is an effectively simple idea, with Anthony Quinn's failing local police chief trying to tempt Gregory Peck's legendary Republican bandit across the border into Franco's Spain and right into a trap, with the rebel's dying mother as the bait. But the film wants to be more than a thriller or a simple adventure story and in the process ends up considerably less. The biggest problem is a slow opening half, where Peck is kept deliberately at a distance, seen only through the eyes of a child and filtered through the hatred of Quinn as the film tries to build him into a mythic figure so that when we finally do meet the embittered, grumpy and overly cautious man the void between reputation and reality is that much greater. Unfortunately he's kept at far too much of a distance and the film is just far too low-key and drawn out to really draw us in. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War is an esoteric part of history here in the USA. This film portrays the characters who were on the cutting edge of the war. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic Masterpiece
Everything about this movie is well done: the script, the directing, the acting, and the music. It may be a bit much for those with lower mental capacity/short attention spans... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marvelous Mal
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
The video is in BW, which is OK. The narrative could be better, but it told the story without much tension. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Seek
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of his best movies
Gregory Peck had a way of touching your heart with his words and his acting. What a wonderful and kind man!
Published 16 months ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Action movie.
Gregory Peck's actions were very obvious. I had seen this movie before but seeing it again I picked up some things that I had missed the first time viewing.
Published 17 months ago by Jack M. Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars Much too dark and grainy
Cannot view film very well, very grainy and dark. I love Black and White but this is awful. Don't buy
Published 20 months ago by Eva Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Significant Films Ever Made--and Suppressed
This is one of one of my top ten films ever...I'm biased in favor of it because I have studied the Spanish Civil War and as it was one of the atrocities of the 20th Century that... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alan K. Sumrall
2.0 out of 5 stars FRED ZINNEMANN, OPUS 19
I've always been fond of unsuccessful movies, I dont' know why. Maybe because, unconsciously, I see the beauty of the film that could have been shot instead. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Daniel S.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever
Zinemann is at his best. The story of 3 different people, all faithful to their jobs. Against each other but appreciate the other one because of the honesty they see in them. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by F. B. Kasravi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great acting, great cast, great movie!
Haunting and powerful, BEHOLD A PALE HORSE is an underrated drama you won't soon forget. It's the story of an aging freedom fighter from the Spanish Civil War who returns home ten... Read more
Published on October 13, 2011 by Tom Fulery
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