Tschetan, Der Indianerjunge (1973)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Surprisingly, this German western is an original drama which takes considerable pains to ensure authenticity about the period and the place. In 1860, after settling on a plot of land in Montana near an Indian reservation, Jacob discovers that his neighbors, the Johnsons, are ready-made enemies. These cattlemen are dead-set on driving Jacob out and are just as set on making life miserable for the Native Americans on the nearby reservation; maybe they'll leave, too. They are holding Chetan captive; he is a young lad who took a walk away from the reservation. Jacob decides to rescue Chetan from the Johnsons, and he succeeds. Then he puts him to work on the sheep ranch. At first he fails to make Chetan understand why he is any better than the boy's previous captors. Despite their initial antagonism, they become friends as they work together to run the sheep ranch and survive the attacks of the Johnsons.

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cattlemen, cross-cultural-relations, culture [social culture], friendship, kidnapping, Native-American, neighbor, rampage, rescue, settler, survivor, victim