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Writer:
Werner Herzog (written by)
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Release Date:
3 April 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
On this river, God never finished his creation. See more »
Plot:
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thematically Profound, Visually Stunning See more (193 total) »

Cast

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Klaus Kinski ... Don Lope de Aguirre
Helena Rojo ... Inez
Del Negro ... Brother Gaspar de Carvajal

Ruy Guerra ... Don Pedro de Ursua
Peter Berling ... Don Fernando de Guzman
Cecilia Rivera ... Flores
Daniel Ades ... Perucho
Edward Roland ... Okello
Alexandra Cheves (as Alejandro Chavez)
Armando Polanah ... Armando
Daniel Farfán
Julio E. Martínez (as Julio Martinez)
Alejandro Repullés ... Gonzalo Pizarro
Indianern der Kooperative Lauramarca
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claus Biederstaedt ... Brother Gaspar de Carvajal (voice) (uncredited)
Lothar Blumhagen ... Don Pedro de Ursua (voice) (uncredited)
Heinz Theo Branding ... Don Fernando de Guzman (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Brückner ... Balthasar (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Chevalier ... Conqueror Being Beheaded (voice) (uncredited)
Norbert Gescher ... Conqueror (voice) (uncredited)
Justo González ... González (uncredited)
Uta Hallant ... Inez / Flores (voice) (uncredited)
Manfred Lehmann ... Conqueror (voice) (uncredited)
Antonio Marquez ... (uncredited)
Gerd Martienzen ... Don Lope de Aguirre (voice) (uncredited)
Edgar Ott ... Gonzalo Pizarro (voice) (uncredited)
Uwe Paulsen ... Okello (voice) (uncredited)
Dieter Ranspach ... Perucho (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog  written by

Produced by
Daniel Camino .... co-producer
Werner Herzog .... producer
Hans Prescher .... producer
Lucki Stipetic .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Popol Vuh 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Mauch 
 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
 
Production Management
Gustavo Cerff Abulu .... unit manager (as Gustavo Cerff Arbulú)
Walter Saxer .... production manager
Lucki Stipetic .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Bob Oliver .... synchronisation
Herbert Prasch .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Juvenal Herrera .... special effects
Miguel Vázquez .... special effects (as Miguel Vazquez)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Joán .... second cinematographer
Orlando Macchiavello .... second cinematographer
Ovidio Ore .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Ina Fritsche .... co-worker
Martje Grohmann .... production assistant
Georg Hagmüller .... co-worker (as Dr. Georg Hagmüller)
René Lechleitner .... co-worker
Gerd Martienzen .... voice dubbing: Klaus Kinski (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (2002) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Many of the scenes depicted in the film were unrehearsed and unstaged, and the dividing line between the cast acting in character and simply reacting to their situations as people became very blurry. For example, in one of the opening scenes, when the carriage holding Aguirre's daughter tips over and threatens to collapse, a hand comes in from the right side of the frame to assist the actors in steadying their hold. That hand belongs to director Werner Herzog.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The raft caught in the whirlpool was circling all the time during the first day, but in the second day it stands still.See more »
Quotes:
Okello:[Hallucinating] That is no ship. That is no forest.
[Arrow hits him]
Okello:That is no arrow. We just imagine the arrows because we fear them.
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Soundtrack:
Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (Lacrime Di Re)See more »

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Thematically Profound, Visually Stunning, 11 July 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Filmed not far from Machu Picchu, the legendary lost city of the Incas in the mountains of Peru, the opening images of this film are breathtaking in their natural grandeur and visual scale. A long cavalcade of 16th century Spanish soldiers slowly winds its way, serpentine like, down a steep mountain face. It's one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring openings in film history.

The soldiers are searching for El Dorado, the fabled Andean city of gold. The caravan includes the story's main character, Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), a greedy, ambitious soldier who will stop at nothing in his quest for riches and power. Also included is Inez, a young, well-meaning woman who wears blue velvet and white lace. Representing the Spanish Crown, she rides in a wheeless carriage, described in the movie as the "sedan-chair", a flimsy, enclosed wooden box toted by other soldiers. The carriage, painted blue and red, is so out of place in this rugged wilderness, it's the first clue that the entire mission is a fool's errand, based on romantic dreams and delusions. Against the backdrop of towering mountains and dense jungle, the sedan-chair and Inez' regal looking clothes make Spanish royalty look impotent.

Eventually, only a small convoy of soldiers, along with Inez and her sedan-chair proceed, as El Dorado becomes ever more elusive. Down the Amazon River the little band of adventurers traverse, encountering one problem after another. Aguirre, having long since taken command, leads them on, ever in search of that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Throughout the film, Aguirre rarely smiles. He displays a strange body language, sometimes leaning sideways or backwards, his thoughtful, stern face with reactions that are slow and deliberate. His behavior suggests other Messianic "leaders", like Jim Jones, who led his flock of followers to their doom in 1978 in the jungles of Guyana.

"Aguirre, The Wrath Of God" is a story of adventure, a story about the mystery of the unknown. It's a story about dreams and fantasies of greed. It's a very physical film. Every single scene, without exception, was filmed outdoors.

It's a non-Hollywood type film, too. There are no sets, and some of the plot and dialogue are improvised, enhancing spontaneity and grim realism. It's a film not unlike "Deliverance" (1972).

"Aguirre, The Wrath Of God" is one of the most visually striking film I have ever seen. And the underlying theme of mankind's arrogance, against an implacable Nature, is starkly apparent. The film is visionary, profound. It will leave many viewers changed, enriched, perhaps even a little wiser.

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