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In Afghanistan, the ruthless sport of buzkashi (similar to polo) is a game of great pride. When Uraz (Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia) breaks his leg and loses a spirited match, he brings shame to his village, especially his father, Tursen (Jack Palance, City Slickers), a former champion. After losing his leg below the knee, Uraz, in order to regain his honor, must learn to ride again and win with a special, one-of-a-kind horse. Directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962), THE HORSEMEN is an epic, gripping tale.
The Horsemen is a startling and robust adventure story--almost a fable, actually--that opens a window onto a brutal but exotic part of the world. Set in mountainous Afghanistan, the film (written for the screen by Dalton Trumbo of Spartacus fame) concerns the devastating and near-impossible efforts of a great horseman, Uraz (Omar Sharif), to establish a reputation equal to that of his famous father, the chieftain Tursen (Jack Palance). Parts of The Horsemen have a semi-documentary feel, and those sections can be astonishing to watch, particularly footage of a shockingly brutal sport called Bozkeshi, in which men and horses die by the score. Director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) literally whips up a sprawling and highly physical movie here, embroidered with a fascinating subplot about the treachery of a beautiful slave (Leigh Taylor-Young). Released in 1971, The Horsemen provides a startling glimpse of a pre-war, pre-Taliban Afghanistan. --Tom Keogh
Omar Sharif before "Orrence". Dialogue and acting a bit stiff.Published 1 month ago by wanderingwordeye
A rare treat for fans of Omar Sharif (dies at 83, Requiescat in pace), fans of Afghanistan, and fans of equines. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bartok Kinski
It made a great impression on me when I first saw it many years ago. I remembered it well and thought about it frequently when I read about or see something from that region. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Vimala Nowlis
I have sent this DVD back to the source. It was in Spanish and could not be converted to English without a new special player. Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. R. McDaniel, M.D.
This is a film I have sought for a long time. My husband and I saw it late one night on cable and loved it.Published 20 months ago by Cynthia Christiansen
When this film began I was struck by the fantastic cinematography and the stunning beauty of Afghanistan. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Trancelucence
A classic movie and one of the only ones with site filming in Afghanistan before the Russians, Taliban, etc. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Enhursag
Want to find out about the Afgan culture and gain insight into current events, get a bowl of popcorn and spend a quiet Friday night.Published on April 26, 2013 by bdmillerlaw
I wanted "The Horseman" starring Omar Sharif, but another "the Horseman", a more recent re-make starring someone else, was sent.Published on November 4, 2012 by Dal Trader