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Director:
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:
Brilliant, beautiful and desperately disturbing See more (189 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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Also Known As:
"Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.33 : 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:
Although the opening titles claim the film was based on "the diary of the monk Gaspar de Carvajal", director Werner Herzog has stated that there is no historical basis for the story and that the monk's diary was invented to lend it more credence. However, a diary of Carvajal does in fact exist, but Carvajal was not part of any expedition with Aguirre, but rather part of one 20 years earlier to the interior.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At about 1:22 crewman is visible (wearing a white hat) behind Kinski et al when they are pushing away the branches. He(crewman) is clearly not dressed like the Spaniards & Indians.See more »
Quotes:
Don Lope de Aguirre:Perucho, don't you think the cannon might be a little bit rusty?
Perucho:It might.
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Soundtrack:
Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (Lacrime Di Re)See more »

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104 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, beautiful and desperately disturbing, 12 September 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski's masterful achievement - Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) is a rich and powerful film set deep in the the South American rain forest. Ostensibly a piece of historical fiction based on fragmentary evidence concerning one of the many ill-fated attempts to find and conquer the mythic El Dorado (a city of gold rumored to be anywhere from southern Canada to Patagonia), Aguirre operates on so many levels and reflects so many aspects of its story that it is difficult to convey precisely what the film is really about. It is too fictionalized (yet plausible) to fit comfortably in the "historical fiction" shoebox; the dialog is as much a presentistic bit of reflexive thinking as it is fitting for the historical context of the film; and the setting is so breathtaking that without a plot and without the brilliant concept and fantastic acting, the film would still be breathtaking and painful.

The opening scene, which very slowly depicts a caravan of Spanish soldiers, African and South American Indian slaves, burros, horses, cannons, and provisions making their way down a steep mountain path surrounded by miles of rain forest, is breathtaking and ominous, and sets not just the tone, but the pace of the film. Many people will find the pace a little too slow to handle. After a few minutes of struggle, the nobleman leader of the expedition throws in, and appoints a small number of participants to go forward into the jungle. Of these, only Lope Del Aguirre, a career soldier with vast ruthless ambition, and Ursua, a more gentle nobleman, are really leadership material. As the party floats down-river on rafts, it rapidly becomes clear by whose will the party continues on, and who will emerge as its sole leader in the end.

Herzog develops some of his usual themes in this film, and does so with poignancy and cinematography nothing short of beauty. The film is about power, madness, religion, oppression, nature, and culture, but certainly does not stop there. This is film as high art. Brilliantly executed, multi-faceted, moving, and as ambiguous as real life so often is.

This is also one of the great actor Klaus Kinski's most profound and appealing roles. Though Kinski was later typecast in mad, or at least eccentric, roles, as Aguirre he is able to show his range very effectively - because the character varies from a cold, brooding, Machiavellian rationalism to an obsessive sociopathic suicidalism. The rest of the cast rises to the challenge and acts right at Kinski's level, making this film one of the best actors/production team collaborations I have ever seen.

This film is definitely not for everybody, it is a long, slow sip of delicious and yet bitter wine which the typical movie-goer will only appreciate when 'in the mood' for something which requires thought and energy to watch. It is also one of my favorite films of all time.

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