Ulzana

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Ulzana
Ulzana Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
ROU-com.jpg Romania
SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Gottfried Kolditz
Release Date 1974
Language German
Studio DEFA
Filmstudio Bucuresti
Mosfilm
Distributor DEFA
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ulzana Gojko Mitic
Leona Renate Blume
Nana Colea Rautu
Captain Burton Rolf Hoppe
General Crook Amza Pellea
Aldrigton Alfred Struwe
Wilson Hannjo Hasse


Ulzana is a 1974 East German (Romanian and Soviet co-production) "Red Western", a sequel to Apachen, directed by Gottfried Kolditz and starring Gojko Mitic as Ulzana, the chief of Apaches.


The following weapons were used in the film Ulzana:

Contents


Revolvers

Reichsrevolver M1883

Captain Burton (Rolf Hoppe), the main villain of the movie, carries the Reichsrevolver M1883.

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R
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Burton takes Leona (Renate Blume) as hostage.
Burton holds his revolver in the final scene.

Reichsrevolver M1879

Some of US Army officers are armed with Reichsrevolver M1879 revolvers.

Reichsrevolver M1879 Revolver - 10.6x25R
Ulzana-Reichsrevolver-1.jpg
An officer drops his revolver, being shot during the attack on the fort.

Colt 1851 Navy Cartridge

The coachman of stagecoach (Wilfried Zander) carries the Colt 1851 Navy revolver. Colt Navy revolvers are also briefly seen in hands of US Army officers. These guns appear to be cartridge version of Colt 1851 Navy, with brass frame and barrel and white cylinder, that are seen in many other DEFA Western movies. The lack of the pin that fixes the barrel with the frame on original Colt 1851 allows to guess that screen guns are versions, originally made for metallic cartridges (rather than converted from cap and ball model), likely of European production.

For comparison: Colt 1851 Navy with a cartridge conversion. This is a reproduction of the gun used by Eli Wallach in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and imported by Cimmaron Arms.
Ulzana-Colt Navy-Add1.jpg
The coachman draws his revolver when Apaches appear.

Smith & Wesson revolver

A revolver in hands of some uncredited character appears to be a Smith & Wesson model, possibly a Smith & Wesson Victory Model that often appears in DEFA Western movies.

For comparison: Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W
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Ulzana-Revolver-Add2.jpg

Single Action Army

Many characters, notably Wardley (Paul Berndt) and Buuly (Dan Sandulescu), carry holstered revolvers. The grips allow to guess the revolvers to be Single Action Army. The only SAA revolver, seen outside holster, is the "Cavalry" revolver, used by an unnamed Sergeant in the final scene.

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Wardley's henchman carries the revolver in holster.
Wardley, posing as a surveyor, carries a revolver in holster.
Buuly (at the left) is armed with the Winchester Model 1892 and a holstered revolver.
The sergeant surrenders his revolver under the threat of Apache knife.

Rifles and Muskets

Winchester Model 1892

Anachronistic Winchester Model 1892 rifles are used by Ulzana (Gojko Mitic) and some other characters. Most, if not all Winchesters are fitted with sling swivel on the underbarrel magazine, so these carbines are not Saddle Ring version.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Ulzana gets a Winchester as a gift from Gen. Crook. The buttstock of black wood with inlay allows to guess that it's the same prop, used in Tödlicher Irrtum.
Wardley (Paul Berndt) fires his Winchester.
Buuly (Dan Sandulescu) loads his Winchester.
Old Nana (Colea Rautu) holds his Winchester.
Ulzana holds the Winchester in the final scene.
Another view of Ulzana's Winchester.
Old Nana holds the Winchester while setting fire in stables.
Ulzana fires.

Martini Action Schuetzen Rifle

Most rifles in the movie are single shot Martini Action Schuetzen rifles, popular German target and hunting guns. They are used by both US Army soldiers and Apache warriors.

German manufactured Martini Action Schuetzen Rifle
Martini-Stahl system Schuetzen Rifle - 8.15x46mm R
A cavalryman raises his rifle.
Soldiers clean their rifles.
The Martini-style receiver can be seen.
A soldier, shot by Ulzana, drops his rifle. The lever matches Martini-Stahl system.

Kessler Schuetzen Rifle

Kessler Schuetzen rifle is seen in hands of an Apache warrior. Kessler system was an improved version of Martini.

German Kessler Schuetzen rifle
An Apache warrior in center holds a Kessler rifle.
Hackii (Dorel Iacobescu) holds a Kessler rifle at the right.
Ulzana-Rifle-11.jpg
An Apache warrior aims. Note the typical feature of Kessler rifles, a one-piece wooden stock.

Aydt Schuetzen Rifle

Some Aydt Schuetzen rifles are also seen.

German Aydt Schuetzen rifle - 8.15x46R mm
A cavalryman fires an Aydt rifle.
The rifle with typical Aydt lever is seen in hands of Apache warrior at the right.

Mauser Schebenbüchse Rifle

What appears to be a Mauser Scheibenbüchse, bolt-action target rifle based on Mauser Gewehr 1871 system, is seen in hands of an Apache warrior.

Mauser Schebenbüchse target rifle - 9.3x57R
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An Apache warrior at the left holds a Mauser Schebenbüchse rifle.

Martini Rifle

A Martini rifle is seen in hands of a soldier. It has a full-length stock. Some Swiss Martini rifles have same configuration.

For comparison: Swiss military style Martini Schuetzen rifle by Schlaepfer - .41 Swiss RF
A soldier holds the full-stock rifle.
He is shot and drops the gun. The shape of trigger guard and lever looks similar to the one of the Swiss rifle, used as sample.

Percussion Cap Musket

What appears to be percussion cap muskets (possibly rifled muskets) are seen in hands of soldiers.

Some soldiers carry muskets, best seen at the left.
A musket with percussion cap lock is seen at the right.

Trivia

A Napoleonic-style smoothbore field cannon is seen in the fort. Its size matches 12-pounder.

Ulzana-Cannon-1.jpg
Ulzana-Cannon-2.jpg

See Also

DEFA Studio Westerns
Starring Gojko Mitic The Sons of Great Bear (Die Söhne der großen Bärin) (1966)  •  Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Chingachgook, die große Schlange) (1967)  •  Trail of the Falcon (Spur des Falken) (1968)  •  White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe) (1969)  •  Fatal Error (Tödlicher Irrtum) (1970)  •  Osceola (1971)  •  Tecumseh (1972)  •  Apaches (Apachen) (1973)  •  Ulzana (1974)  •  Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder) (1975)  •  Severino (1978)  •  The Scout (Der Scout) (1983)  •  Prairie Hunters in Mexico (Präriejäger in Mexiko) (1988)
Others Kit & Co. (1974)  •  Blue Bird (Blauvogel) (1979)  •  Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1981)  •  Atkins (1985)



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