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Tödlicher Irrtum

Director: Konrad Petzold, 99 Min., Color, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1969

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
2823
English Title
Fatal Error
Premiere Date
Release Date (for Cinema)
Releases
DVD: ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH / www.spondo.de/defa
Film poster for "Tödlicher Irrtum"

Short Summary (English)

At the end of the 19th century, the Wyoming Oil Company established itself in the vicinity of Wind river City at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where they illegally produced oil on Indian territory. In this business, their general agent, Mike Allison, kicks out both his white partners and the Indians. Unscrupulously, he has his accessories murdered and a trail marked to the Indians, who are also killed when they become an obstacle to his plans. Thus five chiefs, with lifelong shares in the Oil Company, die mysteriously. The young chief Shave Head asks his brother Chris Howard, a halfblood, for help. Chris assumes the post of deputy sheriff and tries to expose the murderers and Allison's machinations. When a representative of the Oil Company turns up in Windriver City and exposes Allison's manipulations, different positions crystallize amongst the white inhabitants. Allison does his utmost to defend himself and finally has the oil camp set on fire, passing it off as an act of revenge perpetrated by the Indians. Against this intrigue, they cannot come into their own and Chris pays for his commitment with his life.

Source:Progress Film-Verleih

Film still for "Tödlicher Irrtum"

(Dir.: Konrad Petzold, 1969) Photography: Horst Blümel, Klaus Groch

Film still for "Tödlicher Irrtum"

(Dir.: Konrad Petzold, 1969) Photography: Horst Blümel, Klaus Groch

Film Crew

Director
  • Konrad Petzold
Script
  • Günter Karl
  • Rolf Römer (auch: Rolf Specht)
Camera
  • Eberhard Borkmann
Film Editing
  • Thea Richter
Cast
  • Gojko Mitić (Shave Head)
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl (Chris Howard)
  • Annekathrin Bürger (Caroline)
  • Krystyna Mikolajewska (Jessebee)
  • Kati Bus (White Leaf)
  • Rolf Hoppe (Allison)
  • Hannjo Hasse (Lee Garrett)
  • Bruno O´Yoa (Hank Jackson)
  • Gerry Wolff (Ben)
  • Bruno Carstens (McLaurin)
  • Stefan Lisewski (Ten Eyck)
  • Rolf Ludwig (Kid Kearny)
  • Hans Klering (Mitch Chandler)
  • Ricardo Blanco (Kleiner Adler)
  • Slobodan Velimirovic (Black Tomahawk)
  • Dorde Popovic
  • Mario Marathon
  • Hartmut Beer
  • Wilhelm Koch-Hooge
  • Horst Kube
  • Werner Röwekamp
  • Sepp Klose
  • Bodo Schmidt
  • Nico Turoff
Assistant Director / Co-Director
  • Bodo Schmidt
Production Design
  • Heinz Röske
Script Editor
  • Hans-Joachim Wallstein
Composer
  • Wilhelm Neef
Sound
  • Peter Dienst
  • Georg Gutschmidt
Costume Design
  • Günter Schmidt
Make-Up
  • Lothar Stäglich
  • Rosemarie Stäglich
Production Manager
  • Bernd Gerwien
DEFA Photography
  • Horst Blümel
  • Klaus Groch

Short Summary (German)

Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts bohrt die Wyoming Oil Company in einem Indianerreservat illegal nach Öl und wird fündig. Die Indianer hoffen, beteiligt zu werden. Das ist ein Irrtum. Fünf Häuptlinge werden ermordet. Der junge Häuptling Shave Head ruft seinen Bruder Chris, ein Halbblut zu Hilfe. Chris nimmt den Posten eines Hilfssheriffs an und versucht, die Mörder und die Machenschaften der Company zu entlarven. Außerdem ist eine Untersuchungskommission auf dem Weg ins Reservat, von einem Ingenieur herbeigerufen, der seine eigenen Geschäfte machen will. Company-Chef Allison wehrt sich mit allen Mitteln, inszeniert Intrigen und läßt schließlich das Öl-Kamp in Brand stecken. Den Brand schiebt er den Indianern in die Schuhe, um die Kommission davon zu überzeugen, daß die Beschwerde der "Rothäute" ein reiner Rachakt ist. Die Indianer können ihr Recht nicht durchsetzen, und Chris bezahlt seinen Einsatz wie viele andere mit dem Leben.

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

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Alla fine del XIX secolo, trivellando nelle riserve degli indiani, la Wyoming Oli Company trova un giacimento di petrolio. Gli indiani, che sperano di ottenere parte dei ricavi, vengono esclusi e devono assistere all'uccisione di cinque loro capi. Il giovane Shave Head chiede aiuto a suo fratello Chris, un mezzosangue. Quest'ultimo accetta il posto di vicesceriffo per incastrare gli assassini e smascherare le losche trame dell'azienda petrolifera. Parallelamente sta per arrivare nella riserva una commissione d'indagine, chiamata da un ingegnere che spera di portare avanti i propri affari. Messo alle strette, il direttore dell'azienda petrolifera Allison appicca il fuoco al proprio campo petrolifero, accusando tuttavia gli indiani dell'incendio. Questi ultimi non riescono ad affermare i propri diritti e Chris, come tanti altri, pagherà il proprio intervento con la vita. (Italienisch)

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