Friday, February 19, 2010


Chingachgook, die große Schlange – German title
Der Wildtoter – German title
Chingachgook la gran serpiente – Spanish title
Wielki wąż Chingachgook – Polish title
Velika Zmija – Yugoslavian title
Chingachgook, the Great Snake – English title

A 1967 East German production [D.E.F.A. (Berlin)]
Producer: Robert Kreis, Dorotheo Hildebrandtm
Director: Richard Groschopp
Story: “The Deerslayer” by James Fenimore Cooper
Screenplay: Wolfgang Ebeling, Richard Groschopp
Cinematography: Otto Hanisch [ORWO-color, Totalvision]
Music: Wilhelm Neef
Song: “Der Grosse Strom”, “Dazwischen” sung by Gerry Wolff
Running time: 92 minutes

Chingachgook - Gojko Mitic [German voice Karl Sturm]
Deerslayer - Rolf Römer (Rolf Specht)
Judith Hutter - Lilo Grahn
Old Tom Hutter - Helmut Schreiber
Harry Hurry - Jürgen Frohriep
Wahtawa - Andrea Drahota
Split Oak - Johannes Knittel
Delaware Chief - Adolf Peter Hoffmann
Arrowhead - Heinz Klevenow
Quick Elk - Milan Jablonsky
Captain Warley - Horst Preusker
Thornton - Karl Zugowski
English corporal - Rudolf Ulrich
watchman - Hans-Joachim Stelzer
English orderly - Karl Sturm
Herald - Hermann Gall
girl on watch - Leopoldine Kuhring
fighter - Hans Hermann
Red Buffalo - Günter Schaumburg
rider - Günter Dornag (Günter Dorniag)
Chief of the Elders - Hans-Peter Pieper

In the early days of America colonization, the Delaware and Huron tribes are locked in their age-old conflict, but now there is a growing danger as the British and French forces begin to encroach on their territory, fighting to colonize the Americas. Chingachgook a Mohican, living with the Delwares since his tribe was exterminated, is preparing to marry Wahtawa when it is discovered that she has been spirited away by the Hurons. Along with his friend, the trapper Deerslayer, he sets out in persuit. Deerslayer meets his friend Harry Hurry and they travel to the floating house of Tom Hutter on the lake. Chingachgook arrives there too, but finds Harry and Tom have a real hatred of the Red Men and plan to visit the Huron village to collect scalps. They are quickly captured by the Indians and Chingachgook and Deerslayer have to work out how to save the men and Wahtawa. Wahtawa is saved and she returns to the Delawares with Chingachgook and Deerslayer returns to his life in the wilderness.

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