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      Behold a Pale Horse

      1964 1h 58m War List
      90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 70% Audience Score 500+ Ratings At the end of the Spanish Civil War, soldier Manuel Artiguez (Gregory Peck) flees to France as part of the defeated forces. After 20 years there, he learns that his mother is dying and plans to return to Spain to see her. However, Viñolas (Anthony Quinn), a police officer with a vendetta, prepares forces to trap Artiguez. A priest, Francisco (Omar Sharif), tries to advise Artiguez not to travel to Spain, but Artiguez ultimately chooses to leave for a fateful confrontation with Viñolas. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety Omar Sharif shows a warm, sensitive side in this film, playing the role of a young priest torn between obligations of personal morality and the official laws of government. Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times The drama is too diffuse for excitement. Rated: 2.5/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Liz Smith Cosmopolitan Fred Zinnemann has done it again. Feb 1, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Gregory Peck is appropriately more gruff and guttural than usual in this interesting drama. Rated: 3/4 Aug 17, 2019 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator Fred Zinnemann's Behold a Pale Horse, from a novel by Emeric Pressburger, isn't pretentious but just dull: dully, creakingly made. Jan 28, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The film's best asset is the stirring performance by Gregory Peck as an aging revolutionary. Rated: B Apr 29, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Strong acting and not much else. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review isla s This is very much what I'd consider a contemplative film. The plot is a bit slow and meandering but it also has a poignancy about it and a sort of symbolism too. I liked the child featured (I'm unsure of his name) and how the two people, from either side of the earlier Spanish civil war, regard each other. There are some good performances from Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif. Such names did make me keen to see this. I wouldn't say its a great film and I wouldn't say its a bad film either - it does reasonably well at portraying people who are quite contemplative, trying to perhaps make sense of the situation they find themselves in but its not entirely a coherent film as such. I feel it was lacking something to really bring things together but it does have some good scenes, so I'm sort of in two minds about it. If there were a few less of the overly long and somewhat drab scenes then I'd probably prefer it but for what it is, its an ok film. I wouldn't personally recommend this as such, unless, of course, your a big fan of the cast, in which case its worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Eby some expectedly great acting.. Peck is very good, Quinn is superb. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review ashley h Behold a Pale Horse is a decent film. It is about famous Spanish bandit Artiguez who returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile. Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Fred Zinnemann did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member good historical drama Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review s r Ambitious project and unique for the time. The writing was alright, but it struggled at times. Too bad pressburger couldn't have produced it. Despite it dragging from time to time and the music not matching well, I enjoyed it and would watch it again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis At the end of the Spanish Civil War, soldier Manuel Artiguez (Gregory Peck) flees to France as part of the defeated forces. After 20 years there, he learns that his mother is dying and plans to return to Spain to see her. However, Viñolas (Anthony Quinn), a police officer with a vendetta, prepares forces to trap Artiguez. A priest, Francisco (Omar Sharif), tries to advise Artiguez not to travel to Spain, but Artiguez ultimately chooses to leave for a fateful confrontation with Viñolas.
      Director
      Fred Zinnemann
      Producer
      Fred Zinnemann
      Screenwriter
      J.P. Miller
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 58m
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