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Winnetou and Old Firehand (1966)

Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand (original title)
Firehand and his Apache friend Winnetou are determined to get justice for the murder of four young braves. They set off to track down the gang responsible for the horrendous act.


Alfred Vohrer


Karl May (based on motifs by), David De Reszke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brice ... Winnetou
Rod Cameron ... Old Firehand
Marie Versini ... Nscho-tschi
Todd Armstrong ... Tom
Harald Leipnitz ... Silers
Nadia Gray ... Michèle Mercier
Walter Wilz Walter Wilz ... Billy-Bob Silers
Jörg Marquardt Jörg Marquardt ... Jace Mercier (as Jörg Marquard)
Rik Battaglia ... Capt. Mendoza
Viktor de Kowa ... Robert Ravenhurst
Vladimir Medar Vladimir Medar ... Caleb
Miha Baloh ... Capt. Luis Sanchez Quilvera
Aleksandar Gavric Aleksandar Gavric ... Derks
Dusan Antonijevic Dusan Antonijevic ... Leon Mercier (as Dusko Antonijevic)
Ilija Ivezic Ilija Ivezic ... Moses (as Ilija Ivecic)


The Silers' gang is chasing Apache Chief Winnetou and his sister Nscho-chi, after having killed several Apaches to steal their horses. Winnetou and his sister run into a group of trappers led by Old Firehand. The trappers help Winnetou and his sister Nscho-chi evade the Silers' gang. Together, they head for the border town of Miramonte. In Miramonte, the Mexican Sergeant Mendozza and his men have captured and imprisoned Billy-Bob Silers, the young brother of the Silers' gang leader. The locals fear an attack by Silers' gang that wants to free Billy-Bob. But Sergeant Mendozza refuses to release the bandit's brother. Also in town are Old Firehand's former girlfriend Michèle Mercier and her son Jace Mercier. When they meet in town, they're surprised but happy to meet again. Old Firehand wants Michèle back in his life but she's reluctant to be involved with a trapper whose life-style is more wild than settled. When Michèle accidentally reveals that her son is also Old Firehand's son, they... Written by nufs68

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A Thunder-Clap of Screen Excitement!


Western | Adventure


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alternate US title is "Thunder at the Border" See more »


Follows Winnetou and the Crossbreed (1966) See more »

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Mostly forgettable
11 February 2007 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Winnetou (Pierre Brice) and his sister Nscho-tschi (Marie Versini) meet Old Firehand (Rod Cameron) and protect a Mexican town against bandits. In a time when the popularity of the series faded, even the return of Marie Versini didn't help much. Rod Cameron was the star of a Karl May western for the first and last time. He didn't appeal one tenth as much to the kids as his predecessor Lex Barker as Old Shatterhand had done. The affected manners of Viktor de Kowa as Ravenhurst did not make him another Castlepool (Eddi Aren't in „Winnetou II"). Besides, the Mexican setting took the movie one step closer to the cynical spaghetti westerns of the late 60s, far away from the myth-making „Silver Lake". Instead of Martin Böttcher, Peter Thomas of Edgar Wallace and „Raumpatrouille" fame composed the music, but this is clearly not his preferred genre. Almost nothing turns out right in this movie - mostly forgettable. Winnetou would return one more time for "Valley of Death", nevertheless.

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Release Date:

November 1967 (USA) See more »

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Winnetou: Thunder at the Border See more »

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2.35 : 1
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