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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • Vincente Minnelli
  • 153 mins
  • PG

Summary

The lazy grandson of an Argentinian tycoon manages to prove his worth by fighting for the French Resistance during the Second World War. Melodrama, starring Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer and Lee J Cobb.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Based on an unreadable novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, this study of an Argentinian family torn apart by war became indelibly famous as the silent movie in which Rudolph Valentino danced the tango and catapulted to stardom. By 1962, MGM was going through a period of reworking former hits on an epic scale (Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Cimarron), so this remake must have seemed a good idea at the time. However, despite the array of talent on display and some stunning CinemaScope photography, this would-be extravaganza stubbornly remains earthbound. It's not helped by the grievous miscasting of the usually dependable Glenn Ford in the Valentino role, while updating the story to the Second World War doesn't wash. But the vision of the Four Horsemen from the Book of Revelation, riding to the strains of André Previn's potent score, is genuinely impressive.

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Credits

Cast

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Julio DesnoyersGlenn Ford
Marguerite LaurierIngrid Thulin
Marcelo DesnoyersCharles Boyer
Julio MadariagaLee J Cobb
Etienne LaurierPaul Henreid
Karl von HartrottPaul Lukas
Chi-Chi DesnoyersYvette Mimieux
Heinrich von HartrottKarlheinz Böhm

Crew

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DirectorVincente Minnelli

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Formats
Colour
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