Der Scout (The Scout)
1983, color, 100 min.,
Konrad Petzold, Dshamjangijn Buntar
Script: Konrad Petzold, Gottfried Kolditz
Camera: Otto Hanisch, Geserdshawijn Masch
Music: Karl-Ernst Sasse
Cast: Gojko Mitic, Nazagdordshijn Batzezeg, Klaus Manchen, Milan Beli, Giso Weißbach, Jürgen Heinrich
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In 1877, after the near-complete
annihilation of the prairie Indians, the Whites have moved on further
west. There, they have encountered the peaceful Nez Perce Indians, who
were scheduled to be forced onto a reservation. In order to hinder any
escape attempts from the reservation and also to stifle the Indians'
spirit of resistance, a cavalry regiment commandeered the Indians'
large herd of horses. Chief White Feather decides to get back his
tribe's horses without the use of force. Pretending to belong to
another tribe, White Feather allows himself to be taken prisoner by the
soldiers. Fortunately, the cavalry regiment has been divided and most
of the soldiers have been sent off to attack the Cayuse Indian tribe.
Thus there are only seven troops left to guard the horses. The soldiers
decide to take the herd to Fort Lapwai and commission White Feather as
the scout to lead them to the Fort. Sergeant Anderson soon realizes,
however, that their scout is none other than White Feather - chief of
the Nez Perce. During the journey, the sergeant becomes White Feather's
deadly enemy. Yet he depends on the Indian scout to safely guide him
and his troops to their destination. Upon reaching Fort Lapwai, the men
discover that it has been raided by the Cayuse Indians. The Cayuse
warriors attack anew and the soldiers, exhausted and beaten, barely
withstand the Indians' onslaught. In the meantime, the pacifist White
Feather must now take up arms against the soldiers in order to take
back his tribe's herd of horses.