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The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962)

Der Schatz im Silbersee (original title)
In their first cinematic adventure, Apache chief Winnetou and mountain man Old Shatterhand pursue a gang of murderous outlaws who will stop at nothing to find the legendary treasure of Silver Lake.

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Götz George ...
Fred Engel
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Ellen Patterson
Marianne Hoppe ...
Mrs. Butler
Eddi Arent ...
Ralf Wolter ...
Sima Janicijevic ...
Patterson (as Jan Sid)
Ilija Ivezic ...
Hilton
Mirko Boman ...
Branko Spoljar ...
Milivoj Stojanovic ...
Knox
Slobodan Dimitrijevic ...
Rollender Donner
Jozo Kovacevic ...
Grosser Wolf
Velimir Chytil ...
Woodward (as Velimir Hitil)
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In Arkansas, a stagecoach is robbed by Colonel Brinkley's gang. What the gang is really after is a treasure map one of the stagecoach passengers carries. However, Mr. Engel only has half the map. The other half of the treasure map is held by Engel's partner, a Mr. Patterson. Even so, the gang kills Engel and steal his half a map. Later, Fred Engel, the son of the murdered stagecoach passenger, seeks help to find his father's killers and retrieve the map. He contacts famous frontier scout Old Shatterhand and his Apache blood brother Winnetou. The three men set out to catch the killers. Fred Engel reveals to his two friends that his father's missing map pinpoints the location of a gold treasure at Silver Lake. They head toward the farm owned by Mr. Patterson, Engel's business partner. Patterson has the other half of the map and a daughter, Ellen, whom Fred is in-love with. Unfortunately, Colonel Brinkley's gang has the same idea of retrieving the other half of the treasure map, since ... Written by nufs68

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Lake Of Terror! Battle Of Vengeance! See more »

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1 November 1965 (USA)  »

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DEM 2,900,000 (estimated)
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This was the very first movie to receive the "Golden Screen" (Goldene Leinwand) for having over 3 million visitors within 12 months. It was awarded on 22 January 1964 at the Mathäser-Filmpalast, Munich. The movie also received the Bambi-award 1963 as best box-office-production, handed over on 19 April 1964 at the Schwarzwaldhalle, Karlsruhe. The movie also received a sum of 200.000 DM from the Federal Ministry of the Interior in 1963 as movie-prize. The main title by composer Martin Böttcher, the "Old Shatterhand-Melodie" was the most successful track in German hitparades in the 1960ies, stayed there for several month and was sold with over 100.00 copies. For that time that was very unusual, espcecially for a filmmusic-track without any singers. The music was played by members of the symphony-orchestra of the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk = North German Radio). The theme later also was recorded as vocal track by several singers, including a version by the movie's actor Pierre Brice (Winnetou). The set-location was in former Yugoslavia (that doesn't have any Alps, as some foreign critics seem to believe). "Der Schatz im Silbersee" was the first filmisation of a novel by author Karl May set in the American West. Earlier movies after his novels were all set in the Near East. See more »

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The mentioned butterfly Papilio polymnestor parinda is from Sri Lanka and not from North America. See more »

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Followed by Winnetou: The Last Shot (1965) See more »

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A terrific western
8 April 2003 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

As a fan of western movies, I was astonished by this one. There was at least 300 or more extras in this film. There were bad guys, good guys, a whole lot of Indians, a secret tunnel, a cave with treasure, a beautiful girl, etc. The scenery was terrific. Apparently it was shot in southern or eastern Europe. All in all, a terrific film. I gave it a 10.


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