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      The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

      1962 2 hr. 33 min. Drama List
      Reviews 47% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Argentinian patriarch Julio Madariaga (Lee J. Cobb) urges his German-born nephew, Heinrich von Hartrott (Karl Boehm), to give up his Nazi allegiance on the brink of World War II, but the request is refused. Madariaga's debauched grandson, Julio Desnoyers (Glenn Ford), joins the French Resistance, risking his life to fight the Nazis in honor of his grandfather, who died shortly after von Hartrott's Nazi leanings were exposed. The war brings the cousins together for a final showdown. Read More Read Less

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      don d A vastly underrated movie with magnificent performances by Boyer, Ford, and Henreid. Powerful love story combined with Nazi villainy and family discord. To be seen over and over. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Overlong, confused remake. The real handicap is the ridiculous casting of Glenn Ford as the Argentinian lead that Rudolph Valentino played in the original. Thulin's dialogue was dubbed by Angela Lansbury in its entirety leading to even more of a disconnect. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Inferior to the silent Valentino version, Minnelli's epic is stale and verbose, failing to ground its protgaonists and their opposing views in any recognizable or engaging political context. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review s r Ford doesn't pass as an argentine with German family living in Paris during WWII. He wasn't enough to keep me away though. Despite this, it is still a beautiful movie with great sets, photography and beautiful people. The allusions to the four horsemen was also distracting to the plot and seemed rather forced. Henriech was great in his being cheated on and was perfect to lead the resistance. Lukas was good as a German, but it also seemed contrived to have him realize that family is more important than sacrificing them for your country. These forced themes undermined the movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Minnelli's only entry in the war movie genre gets off to a cracking start. A heavily made up Cobb, the head of a rich Franco-German expat family in Argentina, suffers a fatal stroke upon learning his Grandson Boehm has joined the Nazis. A raging storm hits and the ghostly figures of the mythical title quartet appear in the heavens above. After this opening, of a melodramatic nature even Oliver Stone would consider over the top, the movie slows down and develops into a second rate war drama. The forty-six year old all American Ford is terribly miscast as a young Argentine spin on the Bel Ami archetype. I've never seen the appeal of Ford, to me he suffers from a serious lack of charisma. I just can't buy him as the charming lover type. Minnelli wanted Alain Delon for the role but unfortunately had Ford forced upon him by the studio. Coupled with an equally bland actress, Thulin (who was dubbed by Angela Lansbury due to her impenetrable Swedish accent), it's difficult to engage in their plight. Neither are particularly likable, basically just a pair of rich brats, whereas Thulin's husband, Henreid is portrayed as the noble soldier. If your leading characters are engaging in morally dubious activities you really need to cast charismatic performers to get the audience on their side. Visually it's splendid, great widescreen compositions and the usual Minnelli flair for colour. This is a remake of a Rudolph Valentino starring silent film and Minnelli borrows some techniques that were long out of favor by 1962. The surreal imagery of the horsemen was all too common in the silent era but is unusually striking in a sixties Hollywood movie. A major flop for MGM, this would be the last time Minnelli was given such a broad canvas. It's said his confidence was shattered by the experience and so he disappeared from the limelight immediately after, working only sporadically and with little acclaim. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Le titre est trompeur, la surprise n'en est que meilleure. Un bon mélodrame. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Inferior to the silent Valentino version, Minnelli's epic is stale and verbose, failing to ground its protgaonists and their opposing views in any recognizable or engaging political context. Rated: C Jul 25, 2009 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Visually inventive drama. Aug 26, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Argentinian patriarch Julio Madariaga (Lee J. Cobb) urges his German-born nephew, Heinrich von Hartrott (Karl Boehm), to give up his Nazi allegiance on the brink of World War II, but the request is refused. Madariaga's debauched grandson, Julio Desnoyers (Glenn Ford), joins the French Resistance, risking his life to fight the Nazis in honor of his grandfather, who died shortly after von Hartrott's Nazi leanings were exposed. The war brings the cousins together for a final showdown.
      Director
      Vincente Minnelli
      Screenwriter
      Robert Ardrey, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, John Gay
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Olallo Rubio, Moctezuma Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 18, 2017
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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