Miracle of the White Stallions

Miracle of the White Stallions

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Miracle of the White Stallions
Miracle of the White Stallions - Film Poster.jpg

Theatrical Film Poster
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Produced by Ron Miller
Walt Disney
Written by Alois Podhajsky
AJ Carothers
Based on The Dancing White Horses of Vienna
by Alois Podhajsky
Starring Robert Taylor
Lilli Palmer
Music by Paul J. Smith
Cinematography Günther Anders
Edited by Alfred Srp
Cotton Warburton
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • March 29, 1963 (U.S.)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,550,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Miracle of the White Stallions is a 1963 film released by Walt Disney starring Robert Taylor (playing Alois Podhajsky), Lilli Palmer, and Eddie Albert. It is the story of the evacuation of the Lipizzaner horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during World War II. Major parts of the movie were shot at the Hermesvilla palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten of Vienna, a former hunting area for the Habsburg nobility. The music for the soundtrack was based on the first movement of Franz Schubert‘s Marche Militaire no 1, D733.


In World War II Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky sets out to protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions – purebred white show horses with centuries of tradition – from starving refugees and the advancing Soviet Army, which might also view them as a food source. Hoping to surrender them into safekeeping, he seeks out U.S. General George S. Patton, a noted horse fancier.[a] Perhaps a performance for the General can save the stallions….


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  1. ^ Patton came from a wealthy and distinguished family, riding since childhood. Commissioned into the Cavalry, he represented the United States in the 1912 Olympics in the Modern pentathlon; one of its five events includes Show jumping. He designed the M1913 Cavalry saber (famed as the Patton saber), and went on to become the Cavalry’s top instructor, then the Army’s first Master of the Sword. Always a devoted rider, even during wartime, he was known until his death for wearing riding breeches and high boots as his distinct personal uniform.

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  1. ^ “Top Rental Features of 1963”, Variety, January 8, 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ “Gold Key: Miracle of the White StallionsGrand Comics Database.
  3. ^ Gold Key: Miracle of the White Stallions at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)

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