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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
Starring Robert Taylor
Lilli Palmer
Music by Paul J. Smith
Cinematography Günther Anders
Editing by Alfred Srp
Cotton Warburton
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) March 29, 1963 (1963-03-29) (U.S.)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $2,550,000 (US/ Canada)

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.


  • 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 - SS-Brigadeführer Streicher
  • 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

Comic book adaption

  • Gold Key: Miracle of the White Stallions (June 1963)
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