Schatz der Azteken, Der

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Der Schatz der Azteken (West Germany, Italy, France 1965 / Director: Robert Siodmak)

  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Release Date: 4.3.1965 (Germany)

Also known as

I violenti di Rio Bravo (Italy) | Les mercenaires du rio grande (France) | The Treasure of the Aztecs (U.S.A.) | Skarb Azteków (Poland) | De huurlingen van Rio Grande (Belguim) | Poklad Azteků (Czechoslovakia) | Cumbres de violencia (Spain) | Blago Asteka (Yugoslavia) | Atsteekkien aarre (Finland) | Az aztékok kincse (Hungary) | Ta gerakia tou Mexikou (Greece) | Oi misthoforoi tou Rio (Greece)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Lex Barker (Dr. Karl Sternau), Gerard Barray (Don Alfonso di Rodriganda), Rik Battaglia (Captain Lazoro Verdoja), Michèle Girardon (Josefa Cortejo), Alessandra Panaro (Rosita Arbellez), Teresa Lorca (Karja), Fausto Tozzi (President Benito Juarez), Hans Nielsen (Don Pedro Arbellez), Gustavo Rojo (Lieutenant Potoca), Kelo Henderson (Frank Wilson), Jean-Roger Caussimon [as Jean Roger Caussimon](Marshal Bazaine), Friedrich von Ledebur (Don Fernando di Rodriganda), Jeff Corey (President Abraham Lincoln), Antun Nalis, Djordje Nenadovic (Graf Embarez), Ralf Wolter (Andreas Hasenpfeffer)
  • Also with: Mirko Kujacic (Flathouani, guardian), Rolf Rolphs (Alimpo), Eva Ras (girl on stage), Nada Radovic (Big India, Arbellez maid), Nicoletta Machiavelli (Rodriganda maid), Reinhold Pasch (Don Fernando notary), Dragoslav Dzadzevic (condemned landowner), Willy Egger (Bazaine secretary), Peter Buntic
  • Story: Karl May
  • Screenplay: Ladislas Fodor & Robert A. Stemmle [as R.A. Stemmle], Georg Marischka, Paul Jarrico (uncredited)
  • Cinematography: Siegfried Hold [Eastmancolor - Ultrascope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Erwin Halletz

Synopsis

In Maximilian times, a German physician, Dr. Sternau, is asked by the American president to deliver a message to general Juarez, the leader of the rebels. The German saves the life of an Aztec princess, and is in return saved by her, after he accidently has seen the lost treasure of the Aztecs, and the girl’s father wants to kill him for this reason. Sternau’s work is thwarted by the corrupt officer Verdoja, who wants to lay his hands on the treasure.

Comment

This is the first part of a two-part movie based on novels by Karl may, set in Mexico. Some might be tempted to think it’s a forerunner of the Zapata movies, but the tone is radically different here. Ralf Wolter, who plays Sam Hawkens in the Winnetou movies, has a nice cameo as a man who sells cuckoo-clocks to the Mexicans ! - Scherpschutter

Trivia

Followed by Pyramid of the Sun God

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