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Old Shatterhand (1964)

Renegades trying to get the army to abandon their fort get the Indians addicted to whiskey, then convince them to attack and drive out the soldiers.


Hugo Fregonese


Karl May (by), Ladislas Fodor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Old Shatterhand
Pierre Brice ... Winnetou
Daliah Lavi ... Paloma
Guy Madison ... Capt. Bradley
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Sam Hawkens (as Ralph Wolter)
Gustavo Rojo ... Cpl. Bush
Rik Battaglia ... Dixon
Kitty Mattern Kitty Mattern ... Rosemary (as Kitty Matern)
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Gen. Taylor
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... Joe Burker
Bill Ramsey ... Timple
Nikola Popovic ... Sheriff Brandon (as Nicol Popovic)
Tom Putzgruber Tom Putzgruber ... Tom Kampendijk
Joe D'Amato ... Col. Hunter (as Jim Burke)


A peace treaty between the United States government and the Apaches is about to be signed in Washington. However, a gang of outlaws plan to sabotage the peace process in order to prevent the signing of a treaty. This way, the gang stands to benefit from illegally grabbing Indian lands for themselves. To execute their plan, the outlaws use the Comanche tribe of Chief Big Bear to attack White settlements, stagecoaches and wagon trains and blame the attacks on the Apache. Comanche warriors kill farmers and plant evidence by leaving dead Apache at the scene. These incidents convince the local Army commander, General Taylor, that Apaches are to be blamed. Unconvinced, legendary scout Old Shatterhand meets with his friend, Apache Chief Winnetou, to investigate. Winnetou insists that his tribe wants peace and is not behind the attacks on the Whites. General Taylor meets Winnetou and Old Shatterhand to listen to their account. The general agrees to allow the two guests investigate the ... Written by nufs68

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For a trick shot where an egg is to be shot out of a boy's hand, nobody seems to care that there are two horses standing behind him in the line of fire, or that the shooter is using a shotgun, which would be highly inappropriate for that sort of trick. See more »


Paloma: I want to see the world.
Old Shatterhand: The world is vast, and not always friendly.
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Followed by Winnetou and the Crossbreed (1966) See more »

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Lifeless despite the good cast
7 March 2019 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Before a peace contract with the natives will be signed, Captain Bradley and a bunch of outlaws try and sabotage it by faking Indian attacks on settlers. Old Shatterhand and Winnetou start searching for the members of this conspiracy.

It is a little bit strange that the movie doesn't really click, because it has all the ingredients of a typical Karl May western of that period, plus a perfect cast with Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Daliah Lavi and Ralf Wolter as the good guys, facing excellent villains (Guy Madison, Rik Battaglia). It is somewhat too long with two hours for a rather straight story, and with its occasional brutality (even murder of a child) and carelessness for detail never develops the sense of magic that was typical for the best contributions to the series. Ultimately a disappointment.

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Release Date:

5 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


DEM5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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