When violent conflict breaks out between greedy railroaders and a tribe of Mescalero Apaches, only two men, destined to be blood brothers, can prevent all-out war: chief's son Winnetou and German engineer Old Shatterhand.
Rollins' gang wants to grab land by inciting the settlers in a war against the Indians but Winnetou and Old Shatterhand try to keep the peace, until Rollins frames Winnetou up for the murder of Jicarilla Chief's son.
'The Oilprince' is an unscrupulous businessman. He looks forward to a lucrative deal with the "Western Arizona Bank'. He sells the bank oil wells at Shelly Lake that do actually not exist. ... See full summary »
An army gold shipment and its escort vanish in the Ozarks, prompting accusations of theft and desertion but frontiersman Old Shatterhand and Apache chief Winnetou help solve the mystery of the missing army gold.
On her b-day, settler's daughter Apanatschi receives her father's secret gold mine but greedy neighboring prospectors resort to murder and kidnapping in order to get the gold, forcing the girl and her brother to seek Winnetou's protection.
"Winnetous Rückkehr" or "Winnetou's Return" is a German movie from almost 20 years ago, but actually it is two films that runs for slightly under 90 minutes each, so the entire thing is almost 3 hours long. This one came out 30 years after the Winnetou films ended and Pierre Brice who also worked as writer on this one was 70 when it came out. Looking at the rating the film has here on IMDb, it must have been really bad, but I cannot totally confirm this. In my opinion, it was pretty much what I expected after such a long gap. There is nothing that stands really out here, but it also is not a complete failure. And looking how little I cared for some of the old Winnetou films, I actually must say this one here is not much worse. Brice even improved his acting apparently (or it is just his aura) and was not as bad as he was in some of the 1960s films. The story is one that is on par with the old ones too, and could have been taken right out of a 60s film. The major problem is one that existed already 3 decades earlier too. There is no real black-and-white in terms of the characters. They are either entirely good like saints or entirely bad like the devil. And the actors who portrayed them were not too gifted either from what I saw in here. Of course Lex Barker was long dead, but it would have been nice to see Wolter or Battaglia in here. All in all, this one is worth checking out for huge Winnetou fans, but everybody else can skip it really.
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