1974, color, 95 min.,
Director: Gottfried Kolditz
Script: Gottfried Kolditz, Gojko Mitic
Camera: Helmut Bergmann
Music: Karl-Ernst Sasse
Cast: Gojko Mitic, Renate Blume, Rolf Hoppe, Colea Rautu, Dorel
Jacobescu, Amza Pelea, Fred Delmare, Alfred Struwe, Hannjo Hasse,
Werner Dissel, Gerhard Rachold, Paul Berndt, Fritz Mohr, et al.
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By the middle of the 19th century,
the Mimbreno Indians had become quite agriculturally advanced and
fertilized their reservation by means of an advanced irrigation system.
They are able to trade their surplus produce for profit. The
businessmen in Tucson, however, want to secure their profits and do so
by withholding government subsidies from the Native Americans, giving
them rotten food and the like. They destroy the irrigation system.
Fighting breaks out between the Mimbrenos and the residents of Tucson,
during which Chief Ulzana is so severely wounded that the Whites
believe him to be dead. Captain Burton, who is part of the scheme, uses
the situation to deport the Indians to the barren reservation of San
Carlos. With the help of a Mexican doctor, however, Ulzana recovers and
flees to the Sierra Madre in Mexico with his tribe. Unfortunately,
Burton's soldiers capture Ulzana's wife Leona and hold her
prisoner in Fort Craig. When the chief attempts to free Leona, however,
Burton kills her and flees, forcing Ulzana to pursue him into the
mountains and avenge her.