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The Valley of Death (1968)

Winnetou und Shatterhand im Tal der Toten (original title)
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.

Director:

Harald Reinl

Writers:

Herbert Reinecker (screenplay) (as Alex Berg), Harald Reinl (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Old Shatterhand
Pierre Brice ... Winnetou
Rik Battaglia ... Murdock
Karin Dor ... Mabel Kingsley
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Sam Hawkens
Clarke Reynolds Clarke Reynolds ... Capt. Cummings
Kurt Waitzmann Kurt Waitzmann ... Col. Bergson
Heinz Welzel Heinz Welzel ... Richter
Branko Spoljar Branko Spoljar ... Cranfield (as Branco Spoljar)
Vladimir Medar Vladimir Medar ... Sheriff
Voyo Goric Voyo Goric ... Roter Büffel [Red Buffalo] (as Wojo Govedariza)
Eddi Arent ... Lord Castlepool
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Mabel Kingsley arrives at a western town to clear her missing father of the charge that he stole a shipment of government gold. A frontiersman known as "Shatterhand" agrees to guide her in a search for the gold and for major Kingsley. They are joined by an army lieutenant, an amateur botanist, and an Apache chief named Winnetou. Despite troubles caused by pursuing bandits and by Winnetou's enemy, a Sioux chief, Mabel's party eventually reaches the "Valley of Death" which holds the answers to the mystery of the missing gold. Written by dinky-4

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The inseparable blood brothers in a new, captivating adventure ! See more »

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Western | Adventure

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Language:

German

Release Date:

1 January 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Valley of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Benkovac airport, Yugoslavia See more »

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DEM 3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lots of action in this German western
31 October 2000 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

One of a series of popular German-made westerns featuring the duo of Shatterhand (Lex Barker) and Winnetou (Pierre Brice), this fast-moving saga benefits from grand scenery (in Yugoslavia?), a good musical score, and a well-chosen cast. (Karin Dor, even in a dubbed performance, scores especially-high marks.)

Those looking for action of the violent variety will not be disappointed. Swarms of bees and slithering snakes attack unwary travelers, Winnetou engages in a hand-to-hand duel with a rival chief, and fiery explosions rock the aptly-named Valley of Death.

Most dramatic of all is the sequence in which the bandits capture an army lieutenant and gleefully whip him into unconsciousness. (This flogging ranks #1 in the book, "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies.") After reviving him with a splash of water, the bandits then tie him between four horses and prepare to draw-and-quarter him.

Though often regarded as something of a joke in America during the latter stages of his career, Lex Barker gives evidence here of why he became such a well-respected star in European films.


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