El tesoro de manitú (2001) Online
Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to finance his tribe's new saloon. Unfortunately Santa Maria, who sold the saloon, betrays Abahachi, takes the money and leaves. Soon, the Shoshones are on the warpath to get their money back, and Abahachi is forced to organize it quickly. Luckily, he, his twin brother Winnetouch, beautiful dancer Uschi and the Greek Dimitri each own a quarter of a treasure map that leads them to 'the shoe of Manitu'. There, Santa Maria already awaits them to take their new treasure away as well. But he did not think about the determination of Abahachi's team.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Michael Herbig||-||Abahachi / Winnetouch / Grauer Star (extended edition) (as Michael Bully Herbig)|
|Sky du Mont||-||Santa Maria (as Sky Du Mont)|
|Irshad Panjatan||-||Häuptling Listiger Lurch|
|Tim Sikyea||-||Berater Schoschone #1|
|Robert Alan Packard||-||Berater Schoschone #2|
|Salvatore Pascale||-||Kleiner Schoschone|
|Antonio Ramirez||-||Falscher Hase|
The broadcast television premiere of this film earned German broadcaster Pro 7 the highest rating in its history (12,2 million viewers, 32%).
The whole scene in the cave near the end is dubbed because of street noises.
The horse named "Jacqueline" is actually a male horse. Horses in general cannot vomit, as they lack the esophagus muscles. "Ich hab' schon Pferde kotzen sehn" - "I have seen horses vomiting" is a German slang metaphor for something very unlikely, mostly used in the sense of "anything can happen" ("This should be save, but keep an eye on it, I've seen horses vomiting").
In one scene Winnetouch plays the famous theme from "The Third Man". Paul Hörbiger, grandfather of Christian Tramitz, who stars as Ranger in this movie, played the role of Porter in The Third Man (1949).
When the Indian Chief - Listiger Lurch - asks for a war hatchet, one of his assistants responds - in a fake Apache dialect - that it got broken because the one they bought had a very cheap quality. The last word he utters in this fake dialect is "Tchibo". Tchibo is a chain of stores very popular in Germany, which is characterized by selling a handful of generic items at low prices.
When Abahachi shows Ranger the picture of his father, he actually shows Pierre Brice playing the title character in Winnetou: The Last Shot (1965). He tells Ranger that his father could speak French fluently and nobody knows why. Pierre Brice in from France.
Before "Der Schuh des Manitu", the two main characters "Abahachi" and "Ranger" were referred to as "Winnetou" and "Old Shatterhand" in the skits of the Bullyparade. However, after the movie was aired, they suddenly gained their "true" names in the Bullyparade, too.
Generelly considered as being the most successful German movie ever with 12 million viewers. Another contender is Otto - Der Film (1985), which had 14 million viewers in West Germany and in the GDR, but since there weren't any records about viewer's attendance in the GDR, the number of 14 million could be ambiguous. Otto - Der Film (1985) had 11 million approved viewers in West Germany making Manitu saabas (2001) technically more successful.
This film basically is a big spoof of the "Winnetou" films/novels by Karl May, which are very popular in Germany. The character Karl M. in the tavern is a reference to him.
Herbig financed the whole movie himself. Filming had to be cancelled due to lack of money. So the added an earlier ending to it.
Diana Herold: (Blonde Squaw), cast member of the Bullyparade (1997), at the near end of the movie.