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Sing, Cowboy, sing (1981)

Joe and Benny are two cowboys are on tour in the Wild West as a singing duo, usually without a penny in their pockets to spare. Joe is a talented rodeo-rider, which fascinates the little ... See full summary »


Dean Reed


Dean Reed (scenario & screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Reed ... Joe
Václav Neckár ... Beny
Kerstin Beyer Kerstin Beyer ... Susann
Violeta Andrei ... Maria
Iurie Darie ... Dave Arnold (as Jurie Darie)
Stefan Diestelmann Stefan Diestelmann ... Barkeeper
Helena Ruzicková ... Sheriff von Hiddenjunction
Jirí Ruzicka ... Vicesheriff von Hiddenjunction
Siegfried Seibt Siegfried Seibt ... Sheriff von Rosecity
Elke Gierth Elke Gierth ... Silvia
Ion Dorutiu Ion Dorutiu ... (as Ion Dorutio)
Gertraud Last Gertraud Last ... (as Gertraut Last)
Vlad Radescu
Chunn Hsi Kao Chunn Hsi Kao ... Chinesischer Koch
Cristian Sofron Cristian Sofron


Joe and Benny are two cowboys are on tour in the Wild West as a singing duo, usually without a penny in their pockets to spare. Joe is a talented rodeo-rider, which fascinates the little girl Susanne and gives her the wish to have him as a father. Her mother Maria, however, is to marry the evil, rich farmer Dave. Susanne wants to stop the wedding, so she sneaks aboard Joe and Benny's wagon to persuade them to intervene. Dave brands them as kidnappers, forcing them to flee as outlaws to one of the families tyrannized by Dave. Together, they strike back at Dave, at which point Maria sees that he's the wrong man for her. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Performed by Dean Reed
Music by Karel Svoboda
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Western for children
30 June 2007 | by ville-5See all my reviews

This is another East German foray to cowboy films. I've seen several and so far most of the films have portrayed the plight of Indians in the hands of ruthless white people with genocide in their minds. These films have underlined the capitalistic and imperialistic ways of the western world.

This film is quite a lot away from those. The few moments of violence is comical (think "Bud Spencer") and while few gunshots are fired they don't hit anyone. There's no Indians and no ideology is shoved down our throats as the earlier, though admittedly better, films did. The banter is mild, acting is intentionally comical, and an obnoxious kid is thrown in to help the protagonists. Every evil character is an exaggerated stereotype - easy for the kids to identify... All in all this is as family friendly as "Little House on the Prairie".

Quality-wise this is competently made and is quite unspectacular in any sense - any mediocre spaghetti would be a good comparison. The sets and props are mostly OK, the acting is OK, the story is weak. Because Dean Reed was apparently a major country star in his time, he performs a handful of c&w songs, some of them catchy. (hence the Finnish title Preerian Elvis, "Elvis of the prairie", quite apt I'd say) The songs are of course the only moments in the film where English is heard. Everyone speaks of course German and if you're accustomed to subtitled spaghetti westerns the language shouldn't be a problem here either.

All in all this is not a must-see, more of a curiosity. East German cinema wasn't after all widely seen in its day...

Most memorable moment: shooting pool on horseback!

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8 September 1983 (Hungary) See more »

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A két rodeós See more »

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