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Chingachgook, die grosse Schlange (1967)

It is 1740 and the English and French colonial forces are waging war against each other in their struggle to take control of North America. Both powers take advantage of existing tribal ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Groschopp

Writers:

James Fenimore Cooper (novel) (as J.F. Cooper), Wolfgang Ebeling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Gojko Mitic ... Chingachgook, die Große Schlange
Rolf Römer Rolf Römer ... Wildtöter / Deerslayer
Helmut Schreiber Helmut Schreiber ... Tom Hutter
Jürgen Frohriep Jürgen Frohriep ... Harry Hurry
Lilo Grahn Lilo Grahn ... Judith Hutter, die Tochter
Andrea Drahota Andrea Drahota ... Wahtawa
Johannes Knittel Johannes Knittel ... Gespaltene Eiche
Adolf Peter Hoffmann Adolf Peter Hoffmann ... Delewaren-Häuptling (as A.P. Hoffmann)
Heinz Klevenow Jr. Heinz Klevenow Jr. ... Pfeilspitze - Hurone (as Heinz Klevenow)
Milan Jablonský Milan Jablonský ... Flinker Elch / Quick Elk
Horst Preusker Horst Preusker ... Hauptmann Warley, engl. Offizier
Rudolf Ulrich Rudolf Ulrich ... Englischer Corporal
Karl Zugowski Karl Zugowski ... Thornton, engl. Fähnrich
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Storyline

It is 1740 and the English and French colonial forces are waging war against each other in their struggle to take control of North America. Both powers take advantage of existing tribal rivalries and enlist local tribes, the Delawares and Hurons, on either side of their conflict. Chingachgook, the last of the Mohicans, is now living among the Delaware and is granted the hand of the chief's daughter after saving the old man's life. His marriage is postponed however, when his betrothed is kidnapped by the Huron and Chingachgook sets out to recapture her with the assistance of his white friend, Deerslayer. This rescue is complicated by the interference of white settlers out to make money by collecting Huron scalps and ultimately Chingachgook must unite the tribes against their common enemy, the white man

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 June 1967 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chingachgook: The Great Snake See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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East German Western Classic
1 July 2017 | by proviantSee all my reviews

Gojko Mitic was a huge star in Eastern-Europe back in the days. Now days he has gained somewhat cult hero status mostly because of his portrayals of Native American heroes in Red Westerns or Easterns as they are sometimes referred. These films are becoming to come to surface again, but more like peculiarities and something people want to see out of curiosity.

'Chingachgook' was one of the most popular of the East German westerns where superstar Gojko Mitic played the main hero - The Great Serpent. Chingachgook - the last of the Mohicans - lives now with Delaware tribe. After saving the chief's life he is granted to marry the chief's daughter. Unfortunately his new wife is kidnapped by Huron tribe, and Chingachgook sets out to save her with the help of his good white friend Deerslayer.

The acting is so deadpan it is almost hilarious to watch, and the action scenes are pretty dame compared to it's contemporaries from Spaghetti or real western genre. Native Americans are played by Eastern-European actors, mostly Germans with bronzed skin. This could be seen quite offensive now days by some.

All said, the film has it's own charm in it, and it is definitely not a waste of time.


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