The Horseman on the Roof

Synopsis: In 1832, cholera ravages Provence (South of France). After several misadventures, Angelo, young Italian officer hunted by the Austrian secret police, meets Pauline de Theus, a young lady. After a second accidental meeting, both will start the search of Pauline's husband in a chaotic country.
Director(s): Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Production: Franco London Films
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min



Run! Run!

What are you waiting for?



- You want a room?

- No, only a rest.

But your horse looks worn out.

Put some wine in his oats.

My sister's ill...

Do as I asked!

Why are they ringing?

For the doctor. He's out,

but at least five people are ill.

The water's gone sour.

Is Manosque far?

You won't be there by tonight.

It takes a day.

Are you sick too?

Dear Mother,

You wanted me to live recklessly.

Today, I would make you proud.

Once again, I am fleeing.

I left Aix.

Don't write me there.

Austrian spies are in France.

They found our trail.

All Italian patriots are in danger.

I must find them in hiding

to bring word.

I am going to the town of Manosque

where many of our exiled friends live.

I hope this letter will reach you.

Are you still in Turin?

Italy seems so far away,

and there are so many perils.


At Aix, they got Giacomo!

They nearly got me too!

No, not you, Paolo.

Maggionari, where are you?

I'm here!

Always fleeing.!

When can I face the enemy,

so you may see your son's valor?

You taught me how to live,

and every day I thank you.

I hear your words of advice.

You are always present.

I want to free Italy single- handedly...

to make you proud and find you again.

Lay down! Lay down!

- Let go!

- Lay down!

- Are your legs cold?

- They're fine!

Stay calm! You're all white.

Show me your eye!

Do you feel this?

Stop. Stop it!

Drink this!

- What is it?

- I'm a doctor. Drink!

It's kept me standing for three days!

Were you in the village?

- Anybody ill?

- Dead people everywhere.

- Did you touch them?

- No, I...

Stay here! Mind the horses.

I'll take a look.

But they're all dead!

Some hide. One was in a pigeon coop.

It's the same all over!

What is the same?

What has happened?

Cholera! Asiatic cholera!

Where have you been?

It's the greatest epidemic ever!


Let me... Can you see me?

You recognize me now?

Don't be afraid...

I'm going to cure you.

- Let me help you!

- No! Run! Don't stay here!

Who do you think I am?

Tell me what to do.

Well, hold him then!

Don't let him go!

God, it happens fast!

Why so fast?

Rub, that's all you can do...

to stimulate the circulation!

Hold him tight!

I knew them all, you see.

This is my valley.

I come winter and summer,

and now I'm losing them all.

I must go to La Gardiole now.

There's nothing left to do here.

I'm on my way now.

Maybe someone is still alive there.

What a curse!

Go free the animals,

or they'll starve to death.

Would you like one?

Why not, after all...

I've never smoked but now...

You smoke like a rich man.

And your boots... nobleman's boots.

I'm a colonel.

Oh, sorry.

Colonel in the Hussards.

Not here. In Italy.

Did you earn it in battle?

Never. My mother bought my rank.

The "mama" is generous.

Anyhow, I'm no one anymore.

An outlaw?

An outlaw, yes.

In Turin, I'm sentenced to death.

Poor Italy!

Austria's got her on a leash.

Get away!

Don't touch me! Get out of here!

Hurry north!

Stop! Calm down!




- What did you put in the water?

- Where's the poison?

He took it from the bag!

Get off!

- Move back!

- Get up!

Leave him to us!

Hang him! Hang him now!

Murderer! Murderer!

Did the government pay you

to kill the workers...

and say it's cholera?

You're as good as dead, pretty face!

Look at his boots! A nobleman!

- Leon!

- Chief.

Find the box?

I'm sure it was there.

Someone's moved it.

No, it's no use. I already looked!

- What?

- Another one.

Fine. Put him there.

It's all right.

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Jean-Claude Carrière

Jean-Claude Carrière (French: [ka.ʁjɛʁ]; born 17 September 1931) is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree. He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Carrière was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel on the screenplays of Buñuel's late French films. more…

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