The story is set in Afghanistan. Uraz (Omar Sharif) is a great horseman, the son of an even greater horseman Tursen (Jack Palance). Striving to establish his own reputation and outdo that of his father, Uraz enters a riding competition, the Afghan national game of “buzkashi.”
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Uraz will be riding the magnificent stallion Jahil, known as “mad horse.” If he wins, Jahil will be his to keep. It seems that the victory is a done deal: Uraz is an expert rider, and the horse is the best of the best. “If you cannot win on Jahil, you cannot win on any horse,” Tursen tells him. However, Uraz also receives a warning: an old lady at the bazaar says that if he competes for glory, he will lose, but if for money, he will win. That is exactly the problem Uraz is struggling with: he wants glory above everything else.
The fierce competition begins; the rules are pretty much “anything goes.” Uraz does his best, but he is defeated. Not only that, he fractures his leg, which threatens his future of a rider. Angry and bitter, Uraz heads from Kabul to his homeplace of Maimana. Still determined to outdo his father, he chooses the most dangerous road, one that Tursen, a tough man as he is, never took. He wants to compensate for the defeat, prove it that he is still worth something. His leg gets infected, making the hard journey even harder. However, Ural is not traveling alone, he's got his groom Mokkhi with him (David de Keyser). They meet the beautiful Zareh (Leigh Taylor-Young) who joins them. Mokkhi falls in love with Zareh, only to find out that she has plans of her own.
The review of this Movie prepared by Laura Southcombe