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At the beginning of the 19th century, white settlers regularly make and break treaties with the Native American inhabitants to gain possession of vast hunting grounds at ludicrously low prices without any bloodshed. Harrison, Governor of Indiana, has made and broke no less than fifteen such treaties, driving increasing numbers of Indians out to the infertile West. To put a stop to this criminal practice, the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh tries to unite the Native Americans. In 1811, he founds a tribal alliance and has Native American lands declared communal property. Chiefs who sell their land in spite of this agreement are to be killed. During the chief's absence, however, Harrison raids the "sacred city" of Tippecanoe founded by Tecumseh and his supporters, reducing it to ashes. The few survivors of the bloodbath flee to Canada, where they join forces with the English as they wage war against America. But they, too, fail to keep their promise to Tecumseh concerning an independent Indian ... Written by DEFA Film Library

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Mediocre sauerkraut western
2 July 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Tecumseh" is a GDR movie from 1972, so this one has its 45th anniversary next year long after the country stopped existing. It is another film from the East German Indian movie series that served as an alternative to the Pierre Brice West German approach. The lead actor is Gojko Mitic as usual and once again the title of the film just has his character's name. Rolf Römer is one of the two writers and he also appeared as an actor in here, possibly his most known work, even if this is not the only GDR Indian film in his body of work. Hans Kratzert directed this pretty long film and it turned out basically the usual. I still believe Mitic is a better actor than Pierre Brice, but these East German films have nobody who has half of Lex Barker's charisma and the plots and stories are also nothing memorable at all. Of course, visually it is fine with the vast landscapes, but this alone (and Mitic's solid performance) simply won't cut the cake. This film dragged on several occasions and the final outcome is mostly forgettable, if not disappointing. Watch something else instead unless you really adore Indian-themed western films.


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