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Manitou's Shoe (2001)

Der Schuh des Manitu (original title)
Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to ... See full summary »


Michael Herbig (as Michael Bully Herbig)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Herbig ... Abahachi / Winnetouch / Grauer Star (extended edition) (as Michael Bully Herbig)
Christian Tramitz ... Ranger
Sky du Mont ... Santa Maria (as Sky Du Mont)
Marie Bäumer ... Uschi
Hilmi Sözer Hilmi Sözer ... Hombre
Rick Kavanian ... Dimitri
Tim Wilde ... John
Siegfried Terpoorten ... Jim
Robinson Reichel ... Joe
Oliver Wnuk ... Jack
Irshad Panjatan Irshad Panjatan ... Häuptling Listiger Lurch
Tim Sikyea Tim Sikyea ... Berater Schoschone #1
Robert Alan Packard Robert Alan Packard ... Berater Schoschone #2
Salvatore Pascale Salvatore Pascale ... Kleiner Schoschone
Antonio Ramirez Antonio Ramirez ... Falscher Hase


Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to finance his tribe's new saloon. Unfortunately Santa Maria, who sold the saloon, betrays Abahachi, takes the money and leaves. Soon, the Shoshones are on the warpath to get their money back, and Abahachi is forced to organize it quickly. Luckily, he, his twin brother Winnetouch, beautiful dancer Uschi and the Greek Dimitri each own a quarter of a treasure map that leads them to 'the shoe of Manitu'. There, Santa Maria already awaits them to take their new treasure away as well. But he did not think about the determination of Abahachi's team. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Die neue Komödie von Bully


Comedy | Western


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Official Sites:

Constantin Film [Germany]





Release Date:

19 July 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

But Manitou See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain


Box Office


DEM 7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,379,145 (Germany), 10 August 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one scene Winnetouch plays the famous theme from "The Third Man". Paul Hörbiger, grandfather of Christian Tramitz, who stars as Ranger in this movie, played the role of Porter in The Third Man (1949). See more »


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Häuptling Listiger Lurch: [standing in front of the station] We're interested in your crazy horse.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits begin to roll, outtakes from the film are shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were scripted and filmed but not included in the final cut (however, some outtakes from the scenes are showed during the end credits):
  • an alternative beginning influenced by Sergio Leone western movies;
  • an extended scene in which Ranger goes through the town and townsmen are escaping;
  • several extended parts of scenes who remained in the film (e. g. a longer conversation with Karl May);
  • an extended scene with Winnetouch and Hombre; an extended scene with Dimitri in the burning ranch;
  • the Schoschonen arriving at the Puder Rosa ranch;
  • a scene with Dimitri before the cave;
  • a love scene with Ranger and Uschi at night.
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Riotous Western spoof in Mel Brooks style with bewildering and amusing gags ; being shot in Almeria , Spain
2 May 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This wacky as well as raunchy spoof is packed with a lot of silly laughs and great entertainment and fun . Demystified parody based on Karl May's ¨Winnitou¨ , as well as amiable Western that changed the concept of this particular genre each bent on disproving a popular myth , yet tinged with humor , spoof and combining with anti-heroes , crazy Indians and many other things . Amusing take off on Indian movies in which a rambunctious temperance leader called Abahachi (Michael Herbig) , Chief of the Apache Indians , and his blood brother called Ranger (Christian Tramitz) maintain law and order in the Wild West . These two main characters "Abahachi" and "Ranger" who deliver their peculiar peace and justice were referred to as "Winnetou/Pierre Brice" and "Old Shatterhand/Lex Barker" in the skits of the Bullyparade . One day , Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to finance his tribe's new Saloon . But Santa Maria (Sky Du Mont) , who sold the Saloon , doublé-crosses Abahachi , takes the money and leaves . Soon after , the Shoshones are on the warpath to get their money back , and Abahachi is forced to organize it quickly , then chaos and wreak havoc ensue . Luckily , Abahachi and Ranger go Winnetouch's home , his twin brother . There Winnetouch shows Ranger the picture of his father, (he actually shows Pierre Brice playing the title character in "The Desperado Trail" , 1965). He tells Ranger that his father could speak French fluently and nobody knows why (in fact , deceased Pierre Brice was born in France) . Then , Abahachi, his twin brother Winnetouch (Michael Herbig) , gorgeous dancer Uschi (Marie Bäumer) and the Greek Dimitri each own a quarter of a valuable map . But at a hidden cave , Santa Maria already awaits them to take their new treasure away as well . Unfortunately , he did not think about the determination of Abahachi's bunch formed by Ranger , Dimitri (Rick Kavanian) , Hombre (Hilmi Sözer whose role bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Going South's James Belushi¨) , all of them join forces to find a treasure map that leads them to 'the shoe of Manitu' .

It's an entertaining story and very amusing tale with the Farceur Michael Herbig as director and at double role . This bemusing movie is packed with tongue-in-cheek , slapdash and slapstick , a steady stream of gags , lively situations abound , sheer belly laughs , crazy humor , too much fun and to be perfect for the kiddies and adolescents . It contains simple and raunchy humor and lots of entertainment and funny scenes . The spoof is surrealist , extreme and gross-out with the ordinary bunch of loonies and loopies , but is also bold and intelligent with a myriad of imaginative sketches with no sense , many of them unabashedly tasteless . This movie basically is a big spoof of the "Winnetou" films/novels by Karl May , such as ¨The treasure of the silver lagoon¨ which are very popular in Germany , in fact the character Karl May in the tavern is a reference to him . The picture contains an unstopped string of gags each thirty seconds and silly jokes from the start to the ending with some lively touches . The comedy and humor are interminable for that reason the viewers will laugh uncontrollably with the habitual quirky and lunatic characters . The sympathetic Michael Herbig steals the show , the puts paces, grimaces , and overacting by means of excessive mimic gesticulation especially in his hilarious scenes as the Indian gay . Furthermore , it provides a sprinkling of self-parodyc situations with laughers and amusement from start to finish . The screenplay besides having more than its fair scraps of funny lines , throws up rich as well as amusing characters and it shows in the confused melange of styles and some bad taste . Lively musical score by Ralf Wengenmayr with catching songs and enjoyable musical numbers . Colorful and shimmer cinematography shot in Almeria , where in the sixties shot lots of of Spaghetti/Paella Westerns ; however , the Winnetou/Pierre Brice movies had been filmed in Yugoslavia .

This motion picture titled ¨Manitou's shoes (2001)¨, was well and originally directed by Michael Bully Herbig . It is generally considered as being the most successful German movie ever with 12 million viewers and the broadcast television premiere of this film earned German broadcaster highest rating in its history . Herbig is an expert on parody based on known characters , such as ¨Sissi¨ in ¨Lissi and ¨The Wild Emperor¨ and , of course , ¨Vickie the Viking¨ . This second feature movie he directed , became the most successful movie in Germany and Austria ever . The film will appeal to absurd , unruly , wacky comedy fans . This raucous Western spoof is a Michael Herbig vehicle , if you like his crazy, maniac performances , you'll enjoy this one . Rating : 6,5 . Acceptable comical Western film appointed for children and adolescents and , of course , for vintage series fonds . Well worth seeing .

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