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The Horsemen (1971)

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109 min | 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 ...See moreIn 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. As Tursen is too old and has a crooked leg, his son Uraz, even prouder and with a morbidly self-destructive need to prove himself against desperate odds, represents their stable, and after defeating every local adversary it's time to try his luck in Kabul, with a powerful incentive: after victory, he may keep the triumphant horse they cherish above life itself. It's a terribly long, dangerous road across the unforgiving Hindu Kush mountains, and despite a valiant fight Uraz looses the prize and has his leg badly fractured, but decides stubbornly to return home without healing in hospital, so gangrene sets in. His servant, the humble-born groom Mokkhi, is only persuaded to join the quasi-suicidal journey as Jahil is promised to him, but the valuable horse in equally desired by the cheap 'unclean' nomad Zareh whose female charms tempt the men, a deadly combination in itself... Written by KGF Vissers See less
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Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | Joseph Kessel (based upon the novel 'The Horsemen' by)
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Pierre-Louis Thévenet (as Pierre Louis Thevenet)
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$ 6,000,000
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Jul 24, 1971 (United States)

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Jack Palance
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Peter Jeffrey
Hayatal Hayatal   See fewer
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Srinanda De
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Eric Pohlmann
Merchant in Kandahar Merchant in Kandahar   See fewer
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Vernon Dobtcheff
Zam Hajji Zam Hajji   See fewer
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Saeed Jaffrey
District Chief District Chief   See fewer
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John Ruddock
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Salmaan Peerzada
Salih (as Salmaan Peer) Salih (as Salmaan Peer)   See fewer
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Aziz Resham
Bacha to Ghulam (as Aziz Resh) Bacha to Ghulam (as Aziz Resh)   See fewer
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Leon Lissek
Chikana Proprietor Chikana Proprietor   See fewer
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Vida St. Romaine
Gypsy Woman (as Vida St Romaine) Gypsy Woman (as Vida St Romaine)   See fewer
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Florencio Amarilla
Arabian Man (uncredited) Arabian Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ishaq Bux
Amjad Kahn (uncredited) Amjad Kahn (uncredited)   See fewer
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Messenger (uncredited) Messenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Head Syce (uncredited) Head Syce (uncredited)   See fewer
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David de Keyser
Mukhi (uncredited) Mukhi (uncredited)   See fewer
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King (uncredited) King (uncredited)   See fewer
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Uljan (uncredited) Uljan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ghulam (uncredited) Ghulam (uncredited)   See fewer
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Aqqul (uncredited) Aqqul (uncredited)   See fewer
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Osman Bey (uncredited) Osman Bey (uncredited)   See fewer
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Quadir (uncredited) Quadir (uncredited)   See fewer
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Little Governor (uncredited) Little Governor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gardi Gay (uncredited) Gardi Gay (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 885 votes