Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (film)

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The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
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Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Written by John Gay
Starring Glenn Ford
Paul Henreid
Ingrid Thulin
Charles Boyer
Lee J. Cobb
Music by André Previn
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • February 7, 1962 (1962-02-07) (Washington, D.C.)
Running time 153 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,174,000[1]
Box office $4,100,000[1]
For the 1921 film version, see The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (film).

The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1962 drama film loosely based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli and starred Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Lukas, Yvette Mimieux, Karlheinz Böhm, and Paul Henreid.


For this adaptation of the book, the time was changed from World War I to World War II.



Released by MGM, the film was a box office disappointment, earning $1,600,000 in the US and Canada and $2,500,000 overseas, incurring a loss of $5,853,000.[1]

It was compared very unfavorably to the famous 1921 version, which propelled Rudolph Valentino to superstardom. Ford, with many films behind him, was not the unknown that Valentino was when he appeared in the 1921 film.[2][3] Ford, 46 years old, also had the disadvantage of trying to reprise a role that Valentino had played when he was 26. Critics also considered Ford severely miscast as a Latin love who, in their minds, should have been played by someone a lot younger[citation needed].

Minnelli wanted Alain Delon and Romy Schneider for the starring roles, but Schneider declined and the producers were adamant that the male lead be an American star. Ford was paired with an older actress, Ingrid Thulin, making both main roles much older than the book and 1921 film characters, giving more credibility to their relationship than a May–December romance would have. Although Thulin spoke English well, she was dubbed by Angela Lansbury.

Having gained some positive critical reappraisal in recent years, the film is now considered a masterpiece in France, Argentina and Spain.[citation needed]


André Previn composed the soundtrack score, which Alan and Marilyn Bergman later adapted and wrote lyrics to. The resulting song, "More In Love With You," was recorded by Barbra Streisand for The Movie Album (2003).


  1. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger". Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study{{inconsistent citations}} 
  2. ^ "DVD Savant Review: The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1962-03-10). "Movie Review - The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Screen: '4 Horsemen of Apocalypse':New Version of Work by Blasco Ibanez Remake of 1921 Movie at the Loew's State". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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