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Tecumseh

Original title
Tecumseh
Year
Running time
109 min.
Country
Germany - East Germany (GDR) Germany - East Germany (GDR)
Director
Screenwriter
Wolfgang Ebeling, Rolf Römer, Hans-Joachim Wallstein
Music
Günther Fischer
Cinematography
Wolfgang Braumann
Cast
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Producer
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Genre
Western
Synopsis / Plot
At the beginning of the 19th century, white settlers regularly make and break treaties with the Native American inhabitants to gain possession of vast hunting grounds at ludicrously low prices without any bloodshed. Harrison, Governor of Indiana, has made and broke no less than fifteen such treaties, driving increasing numbers of Indians out to the infertile West. To put a stop to this criminal practice, the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh tries to unite the Native Americans. In 1811, he founds a tribal alliance and has Native American lands declared communal property. Chiefs who sell their land in spite of this agreement are to be killed. During the chief's absence, however, Harrison raids the "sacred city" of Tippecanoe founded by Tecumseh and his supporters, reducing it to ashes. The few survivors of the bloodbath flee to Canada, where they join forces with the English as they wage war against America. But they, too, fail to keep their promise to Tecumseh concerning an independent Indian...
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