Winnetou - 1. Teil (1963)
Apache Gold / Winnetou the Warrior
Constantin Film - Rialto Film Preben Philipsen - Jadran Film
Director Harald Reinl
Second Unit Director Stipe Delic
Original Story Karl May
Screenwriter Harald G. Petersson
Producer Horst Wendlandt
Music Martin Böttcher
Cinematography Ernst W. Kalinke
Film Editing Hermann Haller
Production Design Vladimir Tadej
Winnetou Pierre Brice
Old Shatterhand Lex Barker
Sam Hawkens Ralf Wolter
Frederick Santer Mario Adorf
Hrvoje Svob Klekih-petra
Nscho-tschi Marie Versini
Bill Jones Walter Barnes
Lord Tuff-Tuff Chris Howland
Intschu-tschuna Milivoje Popovic-Mavid
Belle Dunja Rajter
Bullock Niksa Stefanini
Bancroft Branko Spoljar
Will Parker Husein Cokic
Dick Stone Demeter Bitenc
Tangua Tomoslav Erak
Schwarzer Adler Dusko Dobudj
Harvey Vlado Krstulovic
Joaquin Ilija Ivezic
Randolph Teddy Stotsek
Barman Hicks Antun Nalis
Lemmy Vladimir Bosnjak
Vollmond Ana Kranjcec
Apache Sime Jagarinac
Treck Man Ivo Kristof
Saloon Cast Karl Dall
Unknown Gojko Mitic
Winnetou (voice) Christian Wolff (uncredited)
Old Shatterhand (voice) Gert Günther Hoffmann (uncredited)
Narrator (voice) Curt Ackermann (uncredited)
Frederick Santer (voice) Rainer Brandt (uncredited)
Klekih-petra (voice) Knut Hartwig (uncredited)
Tangua (voice) Gerd Duwner (uncredited)
Belle (voice) Ursula Heyer (uncredited)
Bancroft (voice) Toni Herbert (uncredited)
Intschu-tschuna (voice) Benno Hoffmann (uncredited)
Bullock (voice) Heinz Lausch (uncredited)
Bill Jones (voice) Arnold Marquis (uncredited)
Nscho-tschi (voice) Ilse Pagé (uncredited)
Barmann Hicks (voice) Jochen Schröder (uncredited)
With Winnetou I some of the nicest childhood memories come rushing back to me. When I first saw this movie at the age of 7, Winnetou became my hero for years to come. Based on the novels written by Karl May, German director Harald Reinl came up with one of the first wild west movies who didn't copy the American movies. The German audience rewarded that and Winnetou I (followed by II and III) became a huge success in Europe. Winnetou I, however, wasn't Reinls first Winnetou movie. One year earlier he had released the movie "Der Schatz im Silbersee" which became the most successful movie of the season 62/63, beating such movies as "James Bond: Dr.No". The story is basically the same everytime. The two friends Winnetou and Old Shatterhand try to solve the problems between the red and the white people, and of course in the end they succeed. Winnetou I is starring Lex Barker in the role of Old Shatterhand and french actor Pierre Brice as Winnetou. They both came up with a very fine performance and especially Pierre Brice, who stayed winnetou throughout his whole life. He played Winnetou in several sequels and after the Karl May period started to fade, he performed this role on several stages in Germany. In my opinion the movies are most fun to watch, when they remind you of your childhood. When you watch them for the first time as a grown up they may seem a bit too naive, but even then you simply have to love the soundtrack. German composer "Martin Böttcher" came up with the best soundtrack ever composed. Forget the Jurassic Park Theme or the Batman Theme. The Winnetou Theme is much better. In the year 1962 the theme stayed at top of the German charts for more than 17 weeks. It is simply breathtaking and works so well with the romantic landscape (the movie was shot in Jugoslavia). Give it a try you won't be disappointed. Written for IMDb by Mistajericho from Belgium.
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Winnetou I, opening scene
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