Cast & Crew
Santer, leader of a desperado band of outlaws and Kiowa Indians, causes the chief engineer of the Great Western Railroad to violate a treaty with the Apache Indians by extending the railroad into Apache territory in an attempt to steal a legendary Apache treasure hoard. Winnetou, son of the Apache chief, leads an uprising against the intruders but is captured and tortured by Santer. Old Shatterhand, a special investigator for the railroad company, arrives on the scene and comes to his rescue, but Winnetou rides off without having recognized the man who saved him. As Old Shatterhand confronts Santer, Winnetou leads an attack against the railroad headquarters, and Old Shatterhand is seriously injured. Winnetou's sister, Nscho-tschi, nurses him back to health, however, and he is forced to undergo a trial by tomahawk and canoe to prove his friendship to the Apaches. Old Shatterhand stands the test of courage, and Nscho-tschi produces evidence that it was he who saved Winnetou's life. United as blood brothers, Winnetou and Old Shatterhand meet Santer and his men in a gunfight, during which Nscho-tschi and the Apache chief are killed, and Santer falls to his death.
Ernst W. Kalinke
Harald G. Petersson
Charles M. Wakefield
Filmed in Yugoslavia as Vinetu. Released in West Germany in December 1963 as Winnetou-I. Teil; running time: 101 min; opened in Paris in August 1964 as La révolte des indiens apaches. Italian title: La valle dei lunghi coltelli.