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The Horsemen (1971)




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Director John Frankenheimer, extrapolating from his earlier films The Gypsy Moths and Grand Prix, 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.


Mohammed Shamsi
as Osman Bey
Eric Pohlmann
as Merchant Of Kandahar
Ishaq Bux
as Amjad Kahn
Saeed Jaffrey
as District Chief
Alan Webb
as Gardi Gay
Sy Temple
as Quadir
Aziz Resh
as Bacha to Ghulam
Vida St. Romaine
as Gypsy Woman
Leon Lissek
as Chikana Proprietor
Jesus Tordesillas
as Little Governor
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Critic Reviews for The Horsemen

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

I refuse to believe that the dreadful Hollywood-archaic screenplay which numbs The Horsemen (Astoria) was entirely the work of Dalton Trumbo as the credits vouchsafe.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The result is curiously stodgy, over-reverent.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

For all its overlength, however, it is reasonably beguiling on its [road to] nowhere.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Neither John Frankenheimer's spare, heroic direction nor Claude Renoir's spectacular photography can quite bring this horseman to life.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I have long admired Mr Frankenheimer's talents, but they are overlaid here by local colour (splendid photography by Claude Renoir).

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Director John Frankenheimer can't be faulted for a lack of serious purpose, just for a lack of material to fit his purpose.

November 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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