Counterpoint (1968 film)

Counterpoint (also known as The Battle Horns or The General) is a 1968 epic war film starring Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays and Leslie Nielsen. It is based on the novel The General by Alan Sillitoe. In the United States the film was released as a double feature with Sergeant Ryker a 1963 television film starring Lee Marvin.

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Directed byRalph Nelson
Produced byRichard Berg
Written byJames Lee (Screenplay)
Joel Oliansky (Screenplay)
Alan Sillitoe (novel)
StarringCharlton Heston
Maximilian Schell
Leslie Nielsen
Kathryn Hays
Music byBronislau Kaper
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byHoward Epstein
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 13, 1968 (1968-03-13) (New York City)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States


Lionel Evans is the director of a well-respected symphony orchestra touring European concert halls around 1944 in World War II. In the midst of one concert, the city where they are playing is attacked by German troops, and when Evans and his musicians try to escape, they are captured by Nazi soldiers led by Col. Arndt. Evans and the orchestra are taken to a castle where they are to bide their time before being executed; but it turns out that Arndt's superior, Gen. Schiller, is a big classical music fan. Schiller commands Evans and his symphony to prepare a special concert for the Nazis, but Evans realizes that the moment the concert is over, he and his musicians will be killed.



The orchestra's performances, which include works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, and Schubert, were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.[1]


Filmed at Universal Studios including a set built for the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the film began shooting on 21 November 1966 and concluded 24 January 1967. Two days were removed from the production schedule and the script was rewritten without consulting the director Ralph Nelson.[2]


Also known as:[3]

Denmark : Krigens symfoni
West Germany : Der Befehl
Greece : Nyhtes kolaseos
Finland : Sankareitten sinfonia
France : La Symphonie des héros
Italy : Sinfonia di guerra
Spain : Una Tumba al amanecer
Sweden : I krigets järngrepp
Turkey : Esirler Kampı
USA (working title) : The Battle Horns
USA (working title) : The General

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  1. ^ "". Counterpoint. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  2. ^ p.84 Worsley, Sue Dwiggins From Oz to E.T.: Wally Worsley's Half-century in Hollywood Scarecrow Press, 1 Jan 1997
  3. ^ "Counterpoint (1967) - Release dates". IMDb. Retrieved January 25, 2007.

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