"Old Surehand" is a co-production between West Germany and Yugoslavia and this resulted into a German-language movie from 1965, which means it had its 50th anniversary last year. Of course, if you look at the fact that the title character is played by a British actor or at Italian actor Mario Girotti (before he became Terence Hill) or at all the Yugoslavian actors, you will understand immediately that almost everybody in here is dubbed. But this is nothing new when it comes to Karl May's Winnetou films. Or I could also say also say Alfred Vohrer's as he and his writer Fred Denger worked on quite a few of these adaptations. It runs for slightly under 90 minutes and as such is among the shorter films from the series. Lex Barker is not in here, but Pierre Brice gets some screen time as usual when they are trying to get smaller characters famous. I guess the idea was people with little interest in Old Surehand to say that they still wanna see it at the theaters because of Brice. But here, it did not work out as this film did not result in a sequel although the title suggests it will. There was simply not enough interest by cinema-goers.
I may be a bit biased here as I like westerns, but these Winnetou movies do very little for me. On a positive note, Granger is not that bad and definitely better than Brice in his films, but this is not really due to Granger being memorable, just because of Brice being a very underwhelming actor. As for the story here, it is the same like in the other films: one hero, EWinnetou as his loyal friend, a bad guy, a side kick to the hero who brings in some comedy etc. But it is nothing new or creative at all. As with basically all the other Winnetou films, the biggest weakness here is the lack of shades. The characters are either 100% good or 100% bad, nothing in-between. The character elaborations are very underwhelming. The bad guys simply shoot some innocent buffaloes, so we get to hate them. Not good enough. And the main antagonist, to be honest, is completely bland and forgettable. He never seemed dangerous at all, not even when he is about to shoot a friend of the good guy at the very end. They had to include that because the hero of course does not shoot at good guys. And of course, the good guys (Surehand and Winnetou) are masters when it comes to shooting and never miss a target while the bad guys basically miss every target. Yawn. The more I think about it the more I guess 4 stars out of 10 is still too high of a rating. So lets not think about it any further. I suggest you watch something else instead.
Adventure / Western
Adventure / Western
Old Surehand and his faithful old friend Old Wabble are on the trail of a cold-blooded killer with the nickname 'The General'. The brother of Old Surehand was murdered by him. On the way Old Surehand and Old Wabble are involved in the running conflict between settlers and Comanches who are likely to go on the war path. Old Surehand can count on the support of his friend and blood brother Winnetou, the amiable chief of the Apaches.
January 12, 2023 at 02:33 PM