The Headless Horseman (1972 film)

The Headless Horseman (Russian: Всадник без головы, romanizedVsadnik bez golovy) is a 1973 Soviet-Cuban Ostern film directed by Vladimir Vajnshtok based on the eponymous novel by Thomas Mayne Reid.[3][4] The film was the first Soviet Western. It was a box office success, 51,7 million tickets were sold and the picture holds the 33rd place in terms of cinema attendance in the Soviet Union.[5][6]

The Headless Horseman
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Directed byVladimir Vajnshtok
Written byVladimir Vajnshtok
Pavel Finn
StarringOleg Vidov
Ludmila Savelyeva
Aarne Üksküla
Ivan Ivanovich Petrov
Music byNikita Bogoslovsky
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
104 minutes
CountriesSoviet Union
Box office51,7 million tickets sold[1][2]


The film takes place in 1850, Texas, United States. Louise, daughter of the wealthy plantation owner Poindexter, master of the hacienda Casa del Corvo, falls in love with a poor mustanger Maurice Gerald. The night their secret rendezvous happens, her brother Henry disappears. Suspicion in murder falls on Gerald, who was found covered in blood, with signs of struggle on the body and on Henry's cloak. One more minute, and an angry crowd would have Gerald lynched, but then the mysterious Headless Horseman appears...



The picture was filmed in Crimea; Yalta and Bilohirsk served as the locations. The manes and tails of horses were painted with silver. Cotton fields were created by decorators scattering ordinary cotton around and the cacti were plastic. The slaves were played by black medical students from Simferopol. Many actors spoke Spanish and the mouth movements do not always match the Russian dubbing.[7][5]


  1. ^ "40 лет назад на экраны вышел фильм "Всадник без головы", который за год посмотрели 52 млн зрителей (фото)". Segodnya.
  2. ^ "Всадник без головы". KinoPoisk.
  3. ^ "Всадник без головы (1973)".
  4. ^ "Всадник без головы. Х/ф". Russia-1.
  5. ^ a b ""Всадник без головы": техасские прерии под Белогорском". RIA Novosti.
  6. ^ Sergey Kudryavtsev. "Отечественные фильмы в советском кинопрокате".
  7. ^ "Для съемок "Всадника без головы": лошадей выкрасили серебрянкой, а хлопковые поля сделали из ваты". Komsomolskaya Pravda.

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