Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

112 mins | Drama | 1964

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writer:

J. P. Miller

Producer:

Fred Zinnemann

Cinematographer:

Jean Badal

Editor:

Walter Thompson

Production Designer:

Alexandre Trauner

Production Company:

Highland--Brentwood Productions
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in southwest France in Bayonne, Lourdes, and the Pyrénées. Opening montage borrowed from To Die in Madrid , q. ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in southwest France in Bayonne, Lourdes, and the Pyrénées. Opening montage borrowed from To Die in Madrid , q. v. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Fred Zinnemann Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Casting
Dial coach
Dial coach
Opening montage courtesy of
Opening montage courtesy of
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Killing a Mouse on Sunday by Emeric Pressburger (London, 1961).
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 13 August 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Highland--Brentwood Productions
Copyright Date:
1 August 1964
Copyright Number:
LP29281
Duration(in mins):
112
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Twenty years after the Spanish Civil War, Manuel Artiguez, a guerrilla fighter who has found sanctuary in the French town of Pau, receives word from Carlos, a smuggler, that his mother, Pilar, is dying in a San Martín hospital. Pilar learns that her son's bitter enemy, San Martín police chief Vinolas, with the aid of Carlos, has set a trap for Artiguez, and she persuades a local priest, Father Francisco, to carry a letter of warning to her son begging him not to come. Paco, an 11-year-old whose father was killed by Vinolas, destroys the letter, hoping that Artiguez will meet and kill Vinolas. When Paco sees Artiguez with the traitor Carlos, however, he tells Artiguez of his mother's death and the letter that he destroyed. Artiguez travels to Lourdes where Father Francisco confirms Paco's story, but he decides to follow Carlos to Spain anyway. Aided by Paco, Artiguez enters the San Martín hospital and manages to reach the roof, where he overpowers one of Vinolas' snipers and then kills Carlos. Artiguez is also killed in the gunfire, and Vinolas is left triumphant but wondering why the guerrilla chose to enter Spain and face his ... +


Twenty years after the Spanish Civil War, Manuel Artiguez, a guerrilla fighter who has found sanctuary in the French town of Pau, receives word from Carlos, a smuggler, that his mother, Pilar, is dying in a San Martín hospital. Pilar learns that her son's bitter enemy, San Martín police chief Vinolas, with the aid of Carlos, has set a trap for Artiguez, and she persuades a local priest, Father Francisco, to carry a letter of warning to her son begging him not to come. Paco, an 11-year-old whose father was killed by Vinolas, destroys the letter, hoping that Artiguez will meet and kill Vinolas. When Paco sees Artiguez with the traitor Carlos, however, he tells Artiguez of his mother's death and the letter that he destroyed. Artiguez travels to Lourdes where Father Francisco confirms Paco's story, but he decides to follow Carlos to Spain anyway. Aided by Paco, Artiguez enters the San Martín hospital and manages to reach the roof, where he overpowers one of Vinolas' snipers and then kills Carlos. Artiguez is also killed in the gunfire, and Vinolas is left triumphant but wondering why the guerrilla chose to enter Spain and face his enemy. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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