Miracle Of The White Stallions

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Miracle Of The White Stallions (1963 Movie)

“Miracle of the White Stallions” is a Disney live-action film released in 1963. The movie is based on a true story and is set in post-World War II Austria.

The film tells the story of General George S. Patton (played by Robert Taylor), who is tasked with helping to save the famous Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The stallions are considered a national treasure of Austria and are in danger of being taken by the invading Soviet forces.

As the Soviet forces advance, Colonel Reed (played by John Larch), a U.S. Army officer in charge of the rescue mission, seeks General Patton’s assistance. Together, they devise a plan to evacuate the prized horses to safety in the American-controlled zone.

The film also centers around the efforts of the Spanish Riding School director, Colonel Alois Podhajsky (played by Lilli Palmer), who is dedicated to preserving the Lipizzaner breed and its historical importance. She works closely with the American military to ensure the safety of the horses.

“Miracle of the White Stallions” portrays the challenges and risks faced during the rescue mission, as well as the cultural significance of the Lipizzaner stallions to the Austrian people. It highlights the importance of preserving art and cultural heritage even in the midst of war and conflict.

The movie is directed by Arthur Hiller and written by AJ Carothers and Charles Grayson. It combines elements of history, drama, and adventure, with a touch of romance, to create a compelling and heartwarming story suitable for family audiences.

While “Miracle of the White Stallions” might not be as well-known as some other Disney films, it remains a memorable and touching portrayal of a remarkable historical event. The movie celebrates the courage and dedication of those involved in saving the beautiful and majestic Lipizzaner stallions, making it a captivating and inspiring story.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $2.5 million
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  • Robert Taylor: Col. Alois Podhajsky
  • Lilli Palmer: Vedena Podhajsky
  • Curd Jürgens: Gen. Tellheim
  • Eddie Albert: Rider Otto
  • James Franciscus: Maj. Hoffman
  • John Larch: Gen. George S. Patton
  • Brigitte Horney: Countess Arco-Valley
  • Philip Abbott: Col. Reed
  • Douglas Fowley: U.S. General
  • Charles Régnier: Gen. Stryker
  • Fritz Wepper: Rider Hans
  • Guenther Haenel: Groom Sascha
  • Hans Habietinek: Innkeeper Hager
  • Philo Hauser: Dispatcher
  • Michael Janisch: Refugee Leader
  • Max Haufler: Engineer
  • Robert Dietl: German MP Captain
  • Erik Schumann: German Capt. Danhoff
  • Helmuth Janatsch: Intruder
  • Michael Tellering: Stryker’s Adjutant


  • Director: Arthur Hiller
  • Producer: Walt Disney and Ron Miller
  • Music: Paul J. Smith

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