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The Oil Prince (1965)

Der Ölprinz (original title)
Approved | | Western, Adventure | January 1966 (USA)
Apache Chief Winnetou and scout Old Surehand team-up to assist a wagon-train of settlers who are threatened by the machinations of an unscrupulous crook known as the Oil Prince.


Harald Philipp


Karl May (based on a narrative by), Fred Denger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Old Surehand
Pierre Brice ... Winnetou
Harald Leipnitz ... The Oilprince
Macha Méril ... Lizzy (as Macha Meril)
Terence Hill ... Richard Forsythe (as Mario Girotti)
Walter Barnes ... Bill Campbell
Antje Weisgerber ... Mrs. Ebersbach
Milan Srdoc Milan Srdoc ... Old Wabble (as Paddy Fox)
Gerd Frickhöffer Gerd Frickhöffer ... Kovacz (as Gerhard Frickhöffer)
Veljko Maricic Veljko Maricic ... Bergmann
Dusan Janicijevic Dusan Janicijevic ... Butler (as Dusko Janicijevic)
Slobodan Dimitrijevic Slobodan Dimitrijevic ... Knife
Davor Antolic Davor Antolic ... Paddy
Zvonimir Crnko Zvonimir Crnko ... Billy Forner
Milivoje Popovic-Mavid Milivoje Popovic-Mavid ... Mokaschi (as Mavid Popovic)


'The Oilprince' is an unscrupulous businessman. He looks forward to a lucrative deal with the "Western Arizona Bank'. He sells the bank oil wells at Shelly Lake that do actually not exist. The Oilprince learns that the colonists would like to settle at Shelly Lake. So The Oilprince exchanges the scout of the settlers by one of his minions to give them another route. But soon The Oilprince has to recognize that he has not counted on Winnetou, the righteous leader of the Apaches, and his blood brother Old Surehand. Written by Robert

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January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rampage at Apache Wells See more »

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Also shown under the alternate title Rampage at Apache Wells. See more »


When Winnetou gets out of the river, he is soaking wet, but seconds late when he gets on his horse, he is totally dry. See more »


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impressive German "Winnetou" western, w/ Stewart Granger instead of Lex Barker
19 September 2003 | by django-1See all my reviews

RAMPAGE AT APACHE WELLS played theatrically in the US and used to get a lot of TV play as late as 1991. Its popularity is not hard to understand. Like all of the German-made westerns from the "winnetou" cycle, based on the literary works of Karl May (this one from his novel The Oil Prince, which IS available in an in-print English translation for those so inclined), this is well-mounted, beautifully photographed, beautifully scored, and well-acted. As I remember, Lex Barker made SIX films in the role of Old Shatterhand, Stewart Granger made two in the role of Old Surehand, and Rod Cameron made one in the role of Old Firehand (and I have not seen the latter...). As rugged and manly as Barker was, Granger also does well with the role, bringing his own unique humor and elegance to the character. If only he had made more of these! One surprising appearance here is Terence Hill (under his real name, Mario Girotti) as a complex, not-really-admirable character who grows throughout the film and sees the error of his ways. Hill plays the snivelling role convincingly, and he will be a surprise to those who only know his later heroic and comedy roles. Another interesting aspect of this film (more evident in the novels than in most of the films) is the details about German immigrants in America. As I live in South Texas, I live near some of the German settlements of the 1800s and have learned about the history of Germans in Texas-- it's interesting to see particularly German qualities in some of the settlers instead of just making them generic Anglo settlers. Of course, I don't go to films like this (or any film) for detailed history, but the particularity has a interesting flavor to it. The late Stewart Granger was a man with real star quality, with a charm and wit and elegance that is seen in every frame. While he camps it up in some of his European work of the 1960s (although always in an entertaining manner!), he certainly took the role of Old Surehand seriously. He is a nice mesh with Pierre Brice's warm but stoic interpretation of the Winnetou character. The film also has a full array of colorful supporting characters. Overall, while this may not have the depth or philosophical profundity of the finest Italian Westerns, it is a satisfying, impressively mounted Western that fires on all cylinders and deserves wider fame.

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