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The Horsemen Details


Director John Frankenheimer, extrapolating from his earlier films John Frankenheimer and John Frankenheimer, examines machismo and how men test themselves to the limits of endurance in The Horsemen. The film takes place in modern day Afghanistan. Uraz (Omar Sharif), the son of Tursen (Jack Palance), the stable master for a feudal lord, is a master horseman who lives by a primitive code of honor. Uruz's family honor is damaged when he breaks his leg playing the game which is the Afghani equivalent of polo. His father, who lost a lot of money betting on his son, will barely speak to him. To regain the family honor (and wealth) he must somehow re-learn how to ride -- after his injuries cost him his leg below the knee. In the face of great obstacles, and despite the derision and treachery of others, he gains the chance to play in the games given by the king of Afghanistan. The footage of the horsemanship in these dangerous and anarchic games is one of the real highlights of this film. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Omar Sharif
as Uraz
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Zereh
Jack Palance
as Tursen
Peter Jeffrey
as Hayatal
Mohammed Shamsi
as Osman Bey
Aziz Resh
as Bacha to Ghulam
Salmaan Peer
as Salih
Milton Reid
as Aqqul
Eric Pohlmann
as Merchant Of Kandahar
Sy Temple
as Quadir
Jesus Tordesillas
as Little Governor
John Ruddock
as Scribe
Tom Tryon
David de Keyser
as Mukhi
Carlos Casaravilla
as Messenger
Ishaq Bux
as Amjad Kahn
Ricardo Palacios
as Ghulam
Leon Lissek
as Chikana Proprietor
George Murcell
as Mizrar
Saeed Jaffrey
as District Chief
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Zam Hajji


John Frankenheimer
Dalton Trumbo
Joseph Kessel
Book Author
James Wong Howe
Claude Renoir
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Kress
Pierre-Louis Thevenet
Production Designer
Gil Parrondo
Art Director
Jacqueline Moreau
Costume Designer
Corky Randall
Giuliano Laurenti