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The Horsemen

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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.

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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

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  • Actors: Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Producers: Edward Lewis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767856449
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Horsemen" on IMDb

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This movie, which I saw for the first time in 1971, changed my life forever. From the first moment of the film, I was struck by the stunning Afghan scenery. Over the next three years, I visited Afghanistan three times. It was a fantastic adventure, like a voyage in another time, on another planet. Since then, I have not stopped travelling in this part of the World.

The film is based on Joseph Kessel's (1898 - 1979) novel, "Les Cavaliers," written following his travel throughout Afghanistan in the early 60's. Kessel is, in the tradition of Saint-Exupery, Malraux, Pierre Mac Orlan, and Hemingway, an adventurer, journalist, globetrotter, and great writer, a man who tried to make the novel "the privileged expression" of the "lived" adventure.

The movie, filmed for six months in Afghanistan, and then in Spain, in 1969-1970, was directed by John Frankenheimer. The picture cost $4.5 millions. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo recognized there was no need to embellish Kessel's fantastic adventure, and faithfully followed the book's story line.

The action takes place on the vast plains around Maimana in the northwest of the country, across the forbidding Hindu Kush, and in Kabul. Although the scenery and characters are timeless, the sight of a high-flying jet during a scene subtly establishes the movie's time period. The drama revolves around the "mad horse," Jahil, with its almost human presence. Uraz (Omar Sharif), son of the great "chapendaz" Tursen (Jack Palance) is to ride Jahil, Tursen's latest prized white stallion, in the great "buzkashi" of the King, in Kabul.

The Afghan national game of "buzkashi" dates back to the time of Ghengis Khan. In this fierce competition, played on the northern steppes by expert horsemen, everything goes.
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Saw this movie just once when first released and have been searching for it ever since. I believe it is Omar Shariff's best role. More on a par with Lawrence of Arabia than the fluff he did in Funny Girl or Dr. Zhivago. This movie contains the best scenary of afganistan you will ever see. And the footage of the Bushkazi match is unforgettable
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I have been to Afghanistan three times (before the Russians invaded) and watched a number of games of buzkashi. The scenes depicted were very accurate. Also, the movie stays true to Joseph Kessel's book. This is one of only three movies I know of that are set in Afghanistan - the others being 'Caravans' (from James Michener's novel) and 'The Beast' (or "The Beast of War') about a Russian tank crew during their occupation.
'The Horsemen' is by far the best movie.
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I saw this movie in VHS form while living in Singapore. It is truly an amazing and unique story regarding the strong character and will of a father (Jack Palance) and son (Omar Shariff). It is a must for those who study the character and nearly limitless possibilities of man. I put this item on my DVD wish list earlier this year. Finally it is available. I look forward to adding this DVD to my library and being able to enjoy it with friends and family.
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Director John Frankenheimer's THE HORSEMEN (1971) was adapted to the screen by Dalton Trumbo. The original novel is by Joseph Kessel, a gadabout who wandered the world for 50 years. Stars are Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young and Jack Palance.

It's a story of pre-Soviet invasion Afghanistan, where buzkashi ("goat bashing"), a brutal game of polo that originated in the time of Genghis Khan, is played. Participants beat with whips the other horses and riders as they try to drag for a great distance a goat carcass.

Jack Palance, a former player who's now an old man, has finally bred the perfect white horse that he wants his son, Omar Sharif to ride in the tournament.

There's much action in this picture that includes camel and ram fights, also a love affair that's complicated because the girl (Taylor-Young) is an "untouchable."
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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. Several decades later, I saw it again on TV. It lost none of its impact. In fact, I appreciate it even more now that I am older and wiser. Few movies can stand up to the test of times like this one because it is a timeless tale masterfully told and beautifully photographed. Bravo!!!
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A rare treat for fans of Omar Sharif (dies at 83, Requiescat in pace), fans of Afghanistan, and fans of equines. There's a hilarious scene with a thin sheep at a sheep fighting contest (one of many "sports" Afghans like to watch and bet on). A nomad (David Porath from The Odessa File (1974)) brings along a thin, deformed sheep to fight a big ram.

Great acting as always from Omar Sharif. Leigh Taylor-Young is hot as a gypsy witch. Jack Palance adds a fatherly touch as well.

Also recommended:

Bite the Bullet (1975)

The Man From Snowy River (1982)

Eagle's Wing (1979)

The Black Stallion (1979)
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A slice of life in the society of the horse oriented tribes of Afghanastan. The horses are all typical of the area. The underlying story between father ( Jack Palance) and son ( Omar Shariff ) is dynamic and old as history. Very realistic and real. The panoramic views are Frankenhiemer masterpieces.
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