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Die Flußpiraten vom Mississippi (1963)

European produced Western based on the novel by Friedrich Gerstäcker, set in the 19th century in a town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The area is plagued by a gang of pirates under... See full summary »


Jürgen Roland




Complete credited cast:
Hansjörg Felmy ... Sheriff James Lively
Sabine Sinjen ... Evelyn
Horst Frank ... Kelly
Brad Harris ... Tom Cook
Dorothee Parker ... Georgia
Karl Lieffen Karl Lieffen ... Doc Monrove
Tony Kendall ... Schwarzer Adler
Bruna Simionato Bruna Simionato ... Wichita (as Barbara Simon)
Luigi Batzella Luigi Batzella ... Squire Dayton (as Paolo Solvay)
Jeannette Batti Jeannette Batti ... Mrs. Bridleford (as Jeanette Batty)
Dan Vadis ... Blackfoot
Danilo Turk Danilo Turk ... Uncle Jonathan (as Joco Turk)
Vladimir Bacic Vladimir Bacic ... Frank (as Vlado Bacic)


European produced Western based on the novel by Friedrich Gerstäcker, set in the 19th century in a town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The area is plagued by a gang of pirates under the leadership of Captain Kelly, who live on an island in the river, from where they operate raids on passing steamboats and traders rafts, robbing them of their cargo and murdering the crews. Townspeople and settlers do their best to put an end to the crimes and rid themselves of the pirates and their daring leader.

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German | Latin

Release Date:

8 February 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Pirates of the Mississippi See more »

Filming Locations:

Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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So-so Snitchzel/Spaghetti Western co-produced by Germany/Italy with Indian attacks , fights and shootouts
10 February 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture gets Western action , crossfire , Indian attacks , romance , and results to be entertaining , but mediocre . It set in the 19th century in a town called Nininger on the banks of the Mississippi River where several ships sail to the bustling city of New Orleans . Nininger town reunites gunfighters , desperadoes , as well as killings , vice , drinking , crimes and corruption . Then , the sheriff is killed and is appointed a new marshal , our starring : James Lively (Ansjörg Felmy) and as a deputy Tom Cook (Brad Harris) . Meanwhile , a bunch of outlaws led by a villain officer called Kelly (Horst Frank) live on an island in the river , from there they attack rafts , robbing them of their cargo and killing the crews . Thus , the heinous band supported by Cherokee Indians assault a steamboat called ¨Von Buren¨ from Union Barge Line . Soon after , townspeople and settlers do their best to put an end to the murdering and rid themselves of the pirates and their ominous chief . As daring Sheriff James Lively attempts to seek peace and justice and to return tranquillity and calmness that characterized the town.

A German/Italian Western based upon the novel by Friedrich Gerstäcker , it results to be an oater plenty of action , thrills , gun-play , in a word : emotion . Besides , it contains effective action sequences as when the Indian raids on the town and over a steamboat . As our protagonist has to confront a lot of bandits at a dangerous area plagued by a gang of pirates who operate raids on passing ships and traders rafts , the cutthroats are under the leadership of a nasty Captain , the ordinary baddie Horst Frank . It's a medium budget film with passable actors , technicians, production values and ordinary results . Of course , there are ritual shootouts among gunslingers confronting each other in some quick-draw duels in the accepted Western movie fashion . This is an average Spaghetti/Snitchzel Western with some moments genuinely entertaining if you can avoid thinking too much . Being realized in the wake of ¨Karl May's Winnetou and Old Surehand¨ series , a lot of movies produced in the sixties by the powerful German company ¨Constantin Films¨ , starred by Pierre Brice , Lex Barker , and Stewart Granger . In fact , in "The Pirates of Mississippi" there is even an Indian chief called Black Eagle dressed in similar style to Winnetou/Pierre Brice . It stars an unknown German actor Hansjörg Felmy and other unpopular players. And the American Brad Harris who began doing stunt work , in the late 50s he traveled to Europe and he soon found himself working in Musclemen epics such as ¨Sansone¨ , ¨Goliath against the giants¨ , ¨Fury of Hércules¨ and he eventually moved into Spaghetti Western and spy movies , Brad Harris married the beautiful Olga Schoberová , Olinka Berova , a Czech sex-symbol who played a lot of films with him . And supported by another Musclemen , Dan Vadis , who here suffers a deadly quicksand ; Dan starred several Péplum as "Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors" , "Colossus of the Arena" , "The Ten Gladiators" , ¨Spartacus and ¨the Ten Gladiators" until his early death at 49 . Other secondaries appearing are Tony Kendall who played various S.W. and Luigi Batzella as an astute paralytic judge ; Luigi , usually under pseudonym¨: Paolo Solvay , directed numerous Z-films .

This Die Flußpiraten Vom Mississippi¨ belongs an abundant group of German Westerns or co-productions , usually shot in Germany , Spain or Yugoslavia and habitually starred by some faded American actors , such as : ¨Alla Conquista dell'Arkansas or Conquerors of Arkansas¨ by Paul Martin also starred by Brad Harris , Horst Frank ; ¨Sien Nanten Ihn Gringo¨ (65) by Roy Rowland with Alexandra Stewart ; ¨La Lunga Strada Della Vendetta or Der Letzle Ritt Nach Santa Cruz¨ (64) by Rof Olsen with Edmund Purdom ; ¨7 Donne Per Una Strage¨ by Gianfranco Parolini and Rudolf Zehetgruber with Anne Baxter , ¨Sfida a Glory City¨ (65) by Sheldon Reynols with Lex Barker , ¨Last Mohican¨ (1965) by Harald Reinl and ¨Massacre at Condor Pass¨ (1976) by Peter Schamoni with Stephen Boyd .

The picture displays a resounding and inappropriate musical score by Willy Mattes . This European produced Western titled "Die Flußpiraten Vom Mississippi" (original title) or "The Pirates of Mississippi" was middlingly directed by Jurgen Roland , a craftsman who directed all kind of genres , and especially ¨Krimis¨ (Edward Wallace adaptations) such as : ¨The Strange Countess¨, ¨The Green archer¨ , "The Black Panther of Ratana" , "Destination Death" , and "The Crimson Circle"

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