The Horsemen

A Horse Worth Killing For. A Dream Worth Dying For.

Categories: Action, Adventure, Drama
In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their clans is determined less by wealth or even military power (both rare) then by victories in the ancient, though game of buskashi, a vicious form of polo dating back to Genghis Khan, in which the chapendaz (participating horsemen) use their horse-whips on both mounts and rivals in a ruthless fight for a heavy 'ball', a dead calf, which must be carried a long way, almost impossible with all the others mercilessly assailing. Tursen, a former champion, now holds the status of village notable thanks to his position as stable-keeper of the regional lord Osman Bey, and has finally bred a horse without equal, the white stallion Jahil, in time for the royal tournament on the plain of Bagrami, just outside the capital Kabul...

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1971-08-16
Run time: 109 minute / 1:49
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: Dalton Trumbo
Production Company : Columbia Pictures
Production Country: United States of America


Omar Sharif
as Uraz
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Zareh
Jack Palance
as Tursen
Peter Jeffrey
as Hayatal
Srinanda De
George Murcell
as Mizrar
Eric Pohlmann
as Merchant in Kandahar
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Zam Hajji
Saeed Jaffrey
as District Chief
Georges Delerue Original Music Composer

Harold F. Kress Editor

Joseph Kessel Novel

Claude Renoir Cinematography

Dalton Trumbo Screenplay

John Frankenheimer Director

Edward Lewis Producer

James Wong Howe Cinematography
Chuck Hayward Stunts

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