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Tecumseh is a 1972 East German western film directed by Hans Kratzert and starring Gojko Mitic, Annekathrin Bürger and Rolf Römer. The film depicts the life of the Native American leader Tecumseh (1768-1813), including his role in Tecumseh's War and his later death in the War of 1812 while fighting with the British against the United States.

Directed by Hans Kratzert
Written by Wolfgang Ebeling
Rolf Römer
Starring Gojko Mitic
Annekathrin Bürger
Rolf Römer
Leon Niemczyk
Music by Günther Fischer
Cinematography Wolfgang Braumann
Edited by Monika Schindler
Distributed by DEFA
Release date
1 July 1972
Running time
109 minutes
Country East Germany
Language German

The film is a red western made by DEFA, the state-owned East German studio.[1] It is part of a popular string of films starring the Yugoslav actor Gojko Mitic which, in line with the policies of Communist East Germany, attempted to present a more critical, but also more realistic view of American expansion to the West than it was represented by Hollywood. The film, along with others, was also made partly in response to the successful series of Karl May films made in West Germany.[2]


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  1. ^ Ginsberg & Mensch p.38
  2. ^ Bergfelder p.203


  • Bergfelder, Tim. International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books, 2005.
  • Ginsberg, Terri & Mensch, Andrea (ed.) A Companion to German Cinema. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

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