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Tecumseh

Director: Hans Kratzert, 108 Min., Color, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1972

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
2966
English Title
Tecumseh
Premiere Date
Release Date (for Cinema)
Releases
DVD + Blu-ray: ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH / www.icestorm.de
Film poster for "Tecumseh"

Short Summary (English)

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Whites practised a policy of dishonest contracts toward America's original inhabitants. In this way, they gained possession of vast Indian hunting grounds at ludicrously low prices and without any bloodshed. Harrison, Governor of Indiana, alone concluded no less than fifteen contracts, driving increasing numbers of Indians out to the infertile West. To put a stop to this criminal game, the Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh, attempted to unite the Indians. In 1811, he founded a tribal alliance and had the Indian lands declared communal property. Chiefs who sell nevertheless were to be killed. During the chief's absence, Harrison raided the "Sacred City" of Tippecanoe founded by Tecumseh and his supporters, reducing it to ashes. The few survivors of the bloodbath flee to Canada, where they join forces with the English, who are waging war against America. But they, too, fail to keep their promise to Tecumseh concerning an independent Indian state. In the decisive battle, the defeated English leave their Indian allies in the lurch. Together with the other members of his tribe, Tecumseh, too, is killed.

Source: Progress Film-Verleih

Film still for "Tecumseh"

(Dir.: Hans Kratzert, 1972) Photography: Eckhardt Hartkopf, Joachim Zillmer

Film still for "Tecumseh"

(Dir.: Hans Kratzert, 1972) Photography: Eckhardt Hartkopf, Joachim Zillmer

Film Crew

Director
  • Hans Kratzert
Script
  • Hans Kratzert
Camera
  • Wolfgang Braumann
Film Editing
  • Monika Schindler (geb. Behrendt)
Cast
  • Gojko Mitić (Tecumseh)
  • Annekathrin Bürger (Eileen)
  • Rolf Römer (auch: Rolf Specht) (Simon)
  • Leon Niemczyk (McKew)
  • Mieczyslaw Kalenik (Brook)
  • Milan Beli (Raffael)
  • Wolfgang Greese (Harrison)
  • Gerry Wolff (Newman)
  • Rolf Ripperger (Barry / Clay)
  • Helmut Schreiber (Procter)
  • Herbert Köfer (Mac)
  • Rudolf Ulrich (O\'Brian)
  • Fritz Links (Aldington)
  • Minja Vojvodic (Schwarzer Adler)
  • Maciej Rayzacher (Wanata)
  • Winfried Glatzeder (Patterson)
Assistant Director
  • Dirk Jungnickel
  • Hannes Schönemann
Scenario
  • Wolfgang Ebeling
  • Rolf Römer (auch: Rolf Specht)
Production Design
  • Heinz Röske
Script Editing
  • Hans-Joachim Wallstein
Music
  • Günther Fischer
Costume Design
  • Joachim Dittrich
Make-Up
  • Christa (auch: Christel) Grewald
  • Lothar Stäglich
Consulting
  • Lothar Dräger
  • Rolf Krusche
DEFA Photography
  • Eckhart (auch: Eckhardt) Hartkopf
  • Hans-Joachim (auch: Jochen) Zillmer

Short Summary (German)

Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts in Nordamerika. Der gewaltsamen Vertreibung der Indianer haben die Weißen ein neues Mittel hinzugefügt. Sie handeln ihnen ihr Land mit Kaufverträgen ab und drängen sie dadurch immer mehr in die unfruchtbaren Westgebiete. Gouverneur Harrison von Indiana ist der gierigste. Um ihm das Handwerk zu legen, versucht der Shawnee-Häuptling Tecumseh, die Indianer zu vereinen. Es gelingt ihm, einen Stammesbund zu gründen, der das Indianerland zu unverkäuflichem Gemeineigentum erklärt. Häuptlinge, die dennoch verkaufen, werden getötet. Harrison überfällt 1811 den Hauptsitz der Anhänger Tecumsehs. Die Überlebenden fliehen nach Kanada und schließen sich den Engländern an, die mit Amerika im Krieg liegen, dem sogenannten zweiten Unabhängigkeitskrieg. Die Indianer, Tecumseh in der Uniform eines Brigadegenerals, werden aber von den unterlegenen Engländern im Stich gelassen und in einer Schlacht von den Amerikanern geschlagen. Auch Tecumseh fällt.

(Quelle: Das zweite Leben der Filmstadt Babelsberg. DEFA-Spielfilme 1946-1992)

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Agli inizi del XIX secolo in America del nord, i coloni bianchi ricomprano le terre dagli Indiani, confinandoli nelle terre meno fertili. Il più avido di tutti è il governatore Harrison dell'Indiana. Per porre fine ai suoi misfatti, Tecumseh, il capo degli indiani Shawnee, convince la sua gente a stare unita e a vedere le proprie terre come una proprietà comune non in vendita. Nel 1811 Harrison attacca la sede principale dei seguaci di Tecumseh. Chi sopravvive, fugge in Canada e si allea con gli inglesi, in lotta con gli americani nella cosiddetta seconda guerra d'indipendenza. Gli inglesi però, pianteranno gli indiani in asso, decretando la loro fine. Anche Tecumseh cadrà in battaglia. (Italienisch)

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