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The Dark Valley

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The Dark Valley
Das finstere Tal
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Andreas Prochaska
Release Date February 13, 2014
Language German
Studio Allegro Film
X-Filme Creative Pool
Distributor Filmladen (Austria)
X Verleih AG (Germany)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Greider Sam Riley
Hans Brenner Tobias Moretti
Luzi Gader Paula Beer
Lukas Thomas Schubert
Gaderin Carmen Gratl
Luis Brenner Clemens Schick

The Dark Valley is a 2014 Austrian-German Western drama movie directed by Andreas Prochaska. At the end of the 19th century, a stranger named Greider arrives on a horse and mule in a sleepy and remote Alpine high valley. The path there is little more than a half-weathered footpath between rocks. To escape the cold winter, Greider asks the insular village community for a place to stay. Since he can offer them a few gold coins in return, they put him up with the widow Gader and her daughter Luzi, who is about to get married. After the village is snowed in overnight, one of the village patriarch's sons dies in an accident. Afterward, when another of his sons inexplicably loses his life, doubts arise as to whether they were accidents. Immediately, Greider is suspected of having something to do with the accidents. In addition, suspicions spread that an old, dark secret of the inhabitants might have something to do with it.

The following weapons were used in the film The Dark Valley:



Gewehr 1888

A Gewehr 1888 is very briefly held by one of the Brenner family members seen during the opening. The appearance of this rifle in this scene is probably anachronistic. No precise dates are given, but this scene takes place during Greider's childhood and Greider is around 30 years old during the events of the film, which are set during the late 19th century. In addition, the rifle is not clearly visible. So if it is not the updated 1905 version, it would be correct to see the rifle later in the film.

Gewehr 1888 - 7.92x57mm (8x57mm I Patrone 88)
The man strikes Greider's father with the stock of the Gewehr 88.
Two dark views of the barrel. The magazine is seen as well.
A view of the muzzle. These are the only clues, it is difficult to determine exactly which variant it is.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Otto Brenner (Martin Leutgeb) is seen with an anachronistic Mosin Nagant M91/30 (likely standing in for the original M1891) which changes owners several times in the film. It is unclear why this particular rifle was used, as the Gewehr 88 was available.

At one point in the movie, the Mosin Nagant is taken away by Greider, who sees this rifle as the biggest threat from the family's arsenal. It is apparently the only magazine-fed bolt-action rifle in the town; the other rifles are single-shot rifles or shotguns.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
The rifle slung over Otto's back, offering a view of the left side.
As the way is blocked by Greider, Otto takes aim at him.
Luzi Gader (Paula Beer) with the captured Mosin Nagant. The hooded front sight is visible.
Greider now has the rifle in his hand and is slinging it. Note the post-1936 rounded receiver.
Lukas (Thomas Schubert) points the rifle at the blacksmith.
The rifle in the hands of Lukas' father (Gerhard Liebmann).

Werndl Karabiner M1867/77

Luis Brenner (Clemens Schick) owns a Werndl Karabiner, which he uses several times.

Extra-Korps Gewehr M1867/77, System Werndl/Holub - 11.2x36mmR
The top side is seen showing the early breechloading mechanism.
Luis sits with his Werndl posing for a photograph.
Later, he cleans the barrel which offers a view of the muzzle.
Luis holds his Werndl Karabiner after firing.

Springfield Model 1873 Carbine

While deer hunting, Rudolf Brenner (Johann Nikolussi) wields a Springfield 1873 "Trapdoor" Carbine.

Springfield 1873 "Trapdoor" carbine Replica - .40-75
The camera pans over the Springfield carbine; beginning with the barrel...
...and followed by the middle part. The "Trapdoor" breech-loading mechanism is perfectly seen.
Having a deer in his sights, Rudolf cocks the hammer.

Winchester Model 1873

The "Long Range" variant of the Winchester Model 1873 is used by Greider (Sam Riley) throughout the movie.

Winchester Model 1873 "Long Range" - .44-40 Winchester
In preparation of his vendetta, Greider took his Winchester and checks the ejecting port.
A detailed view of the receiver before he inserts a round.
Cycling the lever-action as he hip-fires the rifle at a confessional.
During the confrontation with the Brenner brothers, he holds Hans at gunpoint.
He threatens the host couple (Johanna Bittenbinder and Josef Griesser).
The top rear side is visible during the shootout.
A blurred close-up of the Winchester Model 1873 when entering the cottage of the Brenner family patriarch (Hans-Michael Rehberg).


Double Barreled Shotgun

Hans (Tobias Moretti) and Hubert Brenner (Helmuth A. Häusler) wield two different 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns. Another shotgun is carried by Otto Brenner (Martin Leutgeb), who received it from Luis.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (circa 1878) - 12 gauge
Hans carries his shotgun over his back.
Hubert unslings his shotgun.
He polishes the barrels of another shotgun.
Hans cocks one of the hammers.
The shotgun is held by Hubert.
Breaking open the shotgun for reloading.

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