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Amongst Vultures (1964)
"Unter Geiern" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Western, Adventure  |  November 1966 (USA)
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Old Surehand and Winnetou investigate the murders of a mother and daughter. The surviving husband believes that his wife and daughter were murdered by Indians, but Old Surehand suspects ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brice ...
Götz George ...
Martin Baumann Jr.
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Annie Dillman
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Sieghardt Rupp ...
Preston
Miha Baloh ...
'Reverend' Weller (as Mihail Baloh)
Walter Barnes ...
Martin Baumann Sr.
Renato Baldini ...
Judge George Leader
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Baker Jr. (as Mario Girotti)
Voja Miric ...
Stewart
Louis Velle ...
Gordon
Stole Arandjelovic ...
Milton
Ilija Ivezic ...
Jackie
Dusan Bulajic ...
Bloomfield
Davor Antolic ...
Rod
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Old Surehand and Winnetou investigate the murders of a mother and daughter. The surviving husband believes that his wife and daughter were murdered by Indians, but Old Surehand suspects that it is the work of a gang of robbers and bandits known as The Vultures, who disguise themselves as Indians while committing their crimes. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Stewart Granger's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English-language version of this film. See more »

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The film depicted a Shoshone encampment in which a totem pole was prominently displayed amongst the tee-pees. The Shoshone, nomadic in nature, did not have totem poles as part of their tribal culture. The totem pole was found only in cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America (Washington State and British Columbia, Canada). See more »

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Highly improbable, but strangely enjoyable
6 May 2008 | by (nashville, tn) – See all my reviews

As another commenter said, this is pure fantasy in a Western setting. If you're looking for the gritty realism of a Spaghetti Western or an American Western from the Peckinpah era, this is definitely not your cup of tea.

For one thing, everyone is so clean -- even the Vulture Gang, whom you'd naturally expect to have less exacting standards of personal hygiene.

In many ways, these "Bratwurst Westerns" seem like throwbacks to an earlier style, namely, the 1930s brand of American horse opera. Except that in the Old Surehand series, the Indians are portrayed to an almost ridiculous degree as misunderstood Noble Savages. (Which is somewhat of an improvement over depicting them as mindless, bloodthirsty savages, but neither approach corresponds very closely to the reality.)

What's really disconcerting about the English language dub of the film is that someone else does Stewart Granger's voice. Which is a pity, because much of Granger's charm and presence as an actor resided in that inimitable bass growl. I wonder why they couldn't get him to do his own dubbing -- I'd have given this one an extra star just for that.

But it doesn't look as though the production values were skimped when it came to the costuming and props, and the cinematography is occasionally breathtaking. (If possible, you should try to catch this in letterbox format, just for the gorgeous scenery.) The action sequences come off fairly well, too, and the bad guys are appropriately villainous.

Overall, I can think of many worse ways to spend an hour-and-a-half.


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