Westerns With a Twist

Starring: Gojko Mitic

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Product Overview

Like Spaghetti Westerns, the Red Westerns are classic American Westerns created far, far from the American West - in this case, by Communist East Germany's legendary DEFA Film Studios. Turning the traditional American cowboy and Indian movies on their head, these beautifully shot films made the Native Americans the heroes, and cast the American Army and white settlers as villians - with obvious Cold War overtones. Gojko Mitic, the famous Serbian actor, stuntman, director and author, stars in all three films. Includes: APACHES, THE SONS OF GREAT BEAR, and CHINGACHGOOK: THE GREAT SNAKE.

APACHES: On the eve of the Mexican-American war, a young Apache warrior sets out to avenge the extermination of his tribe.

THE SONS OF GREAT BEAR: Gojko Mitic stars as the fearless chief Tokei-ihto, whose Dakota tribe is being driven from the land of their ancestors.

CHINGACHGOOK: Based on a novel by James Fenimore Cooper. French colonists are fighting the English; each use Indian tribes as their allies.


Studio First Run Features
SKU 202880160
UPC 720229912396
UPC 14 00720229912396
Format DVD
Release Date 10/24/2006
Cold War
Native Americans
Editors Note
Note Made in Communist East Germany, these fascinating, well-made, distinctly anti-American propaganda films retell the story of the American West through the point of view of the wronged Native Americans...or what their point of view might well have been, had they been Communists. Three stellar examples of the odd genre are included here, all starring the famous Serbian writer, filmmaker, and versatile actor Gojko Mitic: APACHES, THE SONS OF GREAT BEAR, and CHINGACHGOOK: THE GREAT SNAKE (based on the book by James Fenimore Cooper).
Gojko Mitic
Cast & Crew
Colea Rautu - [Apaches] Actor
Gojko Mitic - [All] Actor
Gottfried Kolditz - [Apaches] Director
Hans Hardt-Hardtloff - [Sons] Actor
Helmut Schreiber - [Chingachgook] Actor
Jiri Vrstala - [Sons] Actor
Josef Mach - [Sons] Director
Jurgen Frohriep - [Chingachgook] Actor
Milan Beli - [Apaches] Actor
Richard Groschopp - [Chingachgook] Director
Rolf Hoppe - [Apaches] Actor
Rolf Romer - [Sons, Chingachgook] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1966
Catalog ID 912396
UPC 00720229912396
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 273 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
DVD, German, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Mitic,Gojo
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
The Hollywood Reporter [All] Westerns with a twist!
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