This mini series is based on the historic novel of the same name by Ludwig Ganghofer, which in return is based on real events.






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A power struggle between mountain peasants who have been raising milk cows on common land and a village bailiff trying to gain power driving them off the land. Both have a ducal documents that states the opposite.

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Series cast summary:
Jozef Adamovic ...  Grans 2 episodes, 1987
Stefan Behrens Stefan Behrens ...  Herzog Ludwig 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Debnar Peter Debnar ...  Herzog Heinrich 2 episodes, 1987
Frantisek Dibarbora Frantisek Dibarbora ...  Probst Konrad 2 episodes, 1987
Milena Dvorská ...  Frau Someiner 2 episodes, 1987
Herbert Fux ...  Franzikopus 2 episodes, 1987
Margit Geissler ...  Traudi 2 episodes, 1987
Massimo Girotti ...  Someier 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Hoffmann ...  Aschacher 2 episodes, 1987
Luc Lavandier Luc Lavandier ...  Jakob 2 episodes, 1987
Svatopluk Matyás ...  Ernst von München 2 episodes, 1987
Karl Merkatz Karl Merkatz ...  Runotter 2 episodes, 1987
Milos Pietor Milos Pietor ...  Probst Pienzenauer 2 episodes, 1987
Marek Skarpa Marek Skarpa 2 episodes, 1987
Christian Spatzek Christian Spatzek ...  Lampert 2 episodes, 1987
Alexander Strobele Alexander Strobele ...  Marimpfel 2 episodes, 1987
Denise Virieux Denise Virieux ...  Jula 2 episodes, 1987
Rolf Zacher ...  Franzikopus 2 episodes, 1987


The main plot is about some cows grazing on an alp and the local bailiff thinking that they should not be there, as a ducal document states that only oxen are allowed there, while the local farmers also have a ducal document that states the opposite. Things escalate quickly, the alp is destroyed, people die and the farmers seeks refuge in a rival town. Both sovereigns think they can profit from a war, which ensues accordingly. After some minor battles the king of Bavaria orders both sides to end the war, after which everything is as before, except for the deaths and destruction that had occurred. There are are some side plots, like the Romeo and Juliet like love story between the bailiff's son and the leader of the farmers' daughter, a former mercenary who returns from his wars to become a farmer, only to be forced to become a soldier again, etc.

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Release Date:

1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ox War See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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