Film / Winnetou III
(The Desperado Trail
) is a part of movie series based on Karl May
's novels. This part is also known as "the one in which Winnetou dies
". A band of crooks tries to foment an Indian war but is foiled by Winnetou and Old Shatterhand, only this time Winnetou tragically is shot dead. Rik Battaglia
, the actor who played the villain, got harassed in real life afterwards. Needless to say, it's a massive Tear Jerker
- Death Is Dramatic: And so very very sad.
- Foreshadowing: Winnetou keeps saying that he knows he's going to die soon. He keeps hearing the bells from Santa Fe and he knows his death is close.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: One of the plans to kill Winnetou.
- Taking the Bullet: The villain fires at Old Shatterhand who stands up to warn soldiers who are coming to help them fight the bandits — they don't know they'll get attacked immediately, but Winnetou leaps on the bullet. It's too close to his heart and an Army doctor can't remove it.