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Amongst Vultures

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Amongst Vultures
Unter Geiern Poster.jpg
Original German Theatrical Release Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1964
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Winnetou Pierre Brice
Old Surehand Stewart Granger
Martin Bauman Jr. Götz George
Annie Dillman Elke Sommer
Preston Sieghardt Rupp
"Reverend" Weller Miha Baloh
Martin Bauman Sr. Walter Barnes
Wokadeh Gojko Mitic

Amongst Vultures (original German title Unter Geiern, alternative English title Frontier Hellcat) is a 1964 Eurowestern directed by Alfred Vohrer. It is the fifth movie in Winnetou film series, based on the novels by Karl May. In Amongst Vultures Winnetou (Pierre Brice) and his friend Old Surehand (Stewart Granger) help the Texas settlers and the Shoshone tribe to counter the vile plans of "Vultures" gang to kindle the war on frontier.

The following weapons were used in the film Amongst Vultures:


Arminius HW-1S Revolver

All "Vultures", including their chief Preston (Sieghardt Rupp), his second-in-command Stewart (Voja Miric) and "Reverend" Weller (Miha Baloh), carry 5-shot Arminius revolvers with 6" barrels, identified by the typical shape of the frame, ejector rod and sometimes seen logo. It appear to be the long barreled version of HW-1S signal revolver. Except for "Vultures", Arminius revolvers are also seen in hands of Martin Bauman Jr. (Gotz George) and Baker Jr. (Terence Hill) (although main guns of both characters are Single Action Army revolvers). Annie Dillman (Elke Sommer) manages to disarm "Vulture" Bloomfield (Dusan Bulajic) when she is abducted. Baker Sr. (Vladimir Medar) takes a revolver from slain "Vulture" during the final battle.

Arminius HW-1S signal revolver with 6" barrel - 9mm Knall blank
Preston kills his henchman Fred (Boris Dvornik) who failed the mission.
Stewart kills Fred's partner Joe (Dragomir Bojanic-Gidra). Both Fred and Joe also carry Arminius revolvers but had no chance against their enraged chief.
Annie holds disarmed Bloomfield at gunpoint.
A closeup of Annie's revolver. Note the five-shot cylinder and Arminius logo on the frame.
Bill (Mirko Kraljev) aims his revolver at Annie while her own revolver is under Bill's boot.
Stewart aims his revolver at Martin Bauman Jr. The logo can be seen on Stewart's revolver. Rod (Davor Antolic) (at the left) carries the same model revolver in holster.
Baker Jr. draws his revolver when Old Surehand enters the wagon.
"Reverend" Weller fires from below the wagon.
Preston holds a pair of revolvers in the final scene.
The final scene: from left to right Jackie (Ilija Ivezic), Preston with two revolvers and Bill with Arminius revolver in hand and Bauman's SAA revolver tucked at his belt.

Single Action Army Revolver

Martin Bauman Jr. (Gotz George), Wabble (Milan Srdoc) and Baker Jr. (Terence Hill) carry Single Action Army revolvers of "Quick-Draw" model. Preston's henchman Gordon (Louis Velle), posing as the US Army Lt., is armed with "Cavalry" model. The revolvers appear to be European replicas.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Wabble draws his ivory grips revolver.
The revolver in holster is seen on the wall on Bauman's farm.
Annie Dillman (Elke Sommer) takes Wabble's revolver to show her gun skills.
Martin Bauman Jr. carries the revolver in holster.
Preston (Sieghardt Rupp) holds Martin Bauman Jr.'s revolver in the scene in "Vultures" den.
Baker Jr. surprises "Reverend" Weller.
Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Unmasked Gordon draws his revolver...
...and aims it at Old Surehand.
Surehand disarms Gordon and fires his revolver. Note the adjustable sights that appear on some modern replicas.


Gordon (Louis Velle) also carries a Derringer as backup weapon. Old Surehand (Stewart Granger) disarms Gordon and finds that the gun belonged to Surehand's slain friend. The Derringer isn't seen close enough to be identified for sure but its general outlook with "bird's beak" grip resembles Colt Thuer Derringer (probably it's an European replica as original Derringers are rarely seen in Old World).

Colt 3rd Model Derringer - .41 RF
Old Surehand examines the Derringer.
The barrel and hammer spur is seen.
The grip is seen.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers is the favoured gun of Martin Bauman Sr. (Walter Barnes). Such shotguns are also used by Baker Sr. (Vladimir Medar), Judge George Leader (Renato Baldini) and many settlers during the final battle.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
Bauman Sr. holds his shotgun during the bear hunt.
Baker Sr. holds "Reverend" Weller at gunpoint.
Baker Sr. with shotgun.
Judge Leader fires the shotgun during the final battle.
A settler at the right fires the shotgun.

Rifles and Muskets

Winchester Model 1894

The Winchester Model 1894 is Old Surehand's (Stewart Granger) weapon. In the scene in Shoshone camp he temporary hands the rifle to Winnetou (Pierre Brice) and then to Wokadeh (Gojko Mitic). Martin Bauman Jr. (Gotz George) carries the Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine in several scenes.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
First appearance of Old Surehand.
A view of the receiver.
Old Surehand holds the Winchester during the trial in Shoshone camp.
Old Surehand fires at attacking "Vultures". He readies seven cartridges for reloading.
Old Surehand holds his rifle in the final scene.
Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine - .30-30
Martin Bauman Jr. holds the Saddle Ring Carbine during the bear hunt.
A close view of the barrel.
Bauman Jr. with the Saddle Ring Carbine at the right.

"The Silver Gun"

The double barreled rifle, named "The Silver Gun", is Winnetou's (Pierre Brice) signature weapon.

Three screen "Silver Guns", used by Pierre Brice in Winnetou films
Winnetou sneaks on the roof of "Vultures" den.
Winnetou holds his gun in the final scene.
Another view of "The Silver Gun".

Single Shot Rifle 1

Various characters, including Wabble (Milan Srdoc), Martin Bauman Sr. (Walter Barnes), Annie Dillman (Elke Sommer), Judge George Leader (Renato Baldini), Bauman's farmhands Davy (Mirko Boman) and Jemmy (Vladimir Bacic), and numerous settlers, use single shot top-break hunting rifles. Such rifles were (and still are) produced by various manufacturers in Europe and America; They are often referred by the German term Kipplaufbüchse.

Savage Model 219 - .30-30. A good example of top-break single shot rifle, similar to the screen guns.
Wabble's and Annie's rifles in saddle holsters.
Bauman Sr. takes a rifle when Winnetou and Wokadeh visit his farm.
Old Surehand (Stewart Granger) takes the rifle from Bauman to prevent him from conflict.
Judge Leader holds the rifle.
Wabble, Davy (second from the right) and Jemmy (at the right) hold rifles. Front sights are seen.
Settlers and Annie fire their rifles during the attack of "Vultures".
Annie's rifle is seen from another side.

Single Shot Rifle 2

Some Shoshone warriors, including chief Wokadeh (Gojko Mitic), carry another model of single shot rifle. While its outlook resembles Martini-Henry rifles, it is clearly seen to be break action guns.

Sam Hawkens' "Liddy" rifle, as it appears on "Winnetou and the Crossbreed".
Rifle-wielding Shoshones (stunt performers Andrea Mitrecic (left) and Milan Milukjan (right)) guard Bauman Sr.
A Shoshone fires his rifle when "Vultures" attack the sacred valley.
Wokadeh holds his rifle.
The rifle is seen closer when Wokadeh hands it to Winnetou.
Shoshone warriors raise their weapons, going to war-path.

Jaeger Rifle

What appears to be a kind of German Jaeger Rifle is seen in the dining hall on Bauman's farm, used as decoration.

Plain German Jaeger rifle - .62 cal
A pair of long guns is seen on the wall. The one at the right looks like Jaeger Rifle.
Another view of the guns on the wall.

Flintlock Musket

A Flintlock Musket, used as decoration, is also seen in the dining hall on Bauman's farm. It has the shortened stock that makes it look like a hunting gun rather than a military one.

The Last of the Mohicans background screen musket. The gun, seen here, looks similar but with shortened stock.
A pair of muskets is seen on the wall, the flintlock one at the left.
A better view of the flintlock gun.

Flintlock Carbine

A flintlock cavalry carbine is also used as decoration on Bauman's farm.

A short flintlock carbine is seen at the left.

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