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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:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Herzog's masterpiece See more (181 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
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 ... Flores and Inez (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)
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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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1.33 : 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:
According to director Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski threatened to abandon the film entirely at one point during the shooting. Herzog says he threatened to kill Kinski and then turn the gun on himself if Kinski left - and later declared he was quite prepared to do so. Kinski stated in interviews that Herzog wielded a pistol to emphasize the threat, but Herzog denies this.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Pizarro sends off the expedition, he expects them to return in one week. However, when Don Pedro tells the men that they have to return by foot, he says that they could make it in two weeks "as Pizarro said".See more »
Quotes:
Don Lope de Aguirre:That man is a head taller than me. That may change.See more »
Soundtrack:
Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (Lacrime Di Re)See more »

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43 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Herzog's masterpiece, 14 November 2001
Author: cinemadaz from Tucson

AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) Spaniards in search of El Dorado descend down an intense mountain peak with barely a path on it. Men slosh through a wet jungle forest with cannibals, dragging horses, cannons and women on thrones with them. Rafts try to navigate harsh rapids with no end in sight, sending one of them into a whirlpool. This is the first ten minutes. And it is probably easier than what it took to make the film.

Werner Herzog's masterpiece follows Klaus Kinski as a conquistador leading a group of men through his personal madness in Peru, searching for the mythical city of gold. Kinski wasn't an actor, he was a time-traveller, and his performances for Herzog are his best. My favorite scene of all his work is in this film early-on: as the huge group of slaves struggle and burn their souls carrying a woman on a throne-chair against the unforgiving jungle mud and trees, Kinski suddenly appears in the middle to offer a helping hand. He writhes and morphs, grabbing the slaves and shoving them, screaming at the top of his lungs, "Fools!!! The sedan chair is stuck!"

AGUIRRE is what got Herzog noticed around the world as part of a new group of German filmmakers along with Fassbinder and Wenders. His previous film was EVEN DWARVES STARTED SMALL, which resulted in Kinski calling him, "A mere dwarf director." The battles between he and Kinski should be legendary by now. The final result in Herzog stating he will grab his gun and kill both himself and Kinski as the actor was threatening to leave the production. Kinski was convinced and finished the film.

This story and more is part of the excellent analog track by Herzog, covering all of the hardcore production that overwhelms the more famous Coppola problems making Apocalypse Now. Herzog didn't have millions of dollars, rather 300 grand, had to live on the rafts for months and deal with the jungle and Kinski. But he never bitches - you do what you have to do, and the film is never compromised, from the costumes, the beautiful real locations and the boat hanging in the tree to the eerie group of small monkeys at the end (which Herzog had to steal, even though he paid for them). The analog track is constant (many now seem to take pauses to watch the film) with background on the idea, actors, filming and philosophies. Yes, that is a real mummy in the cannibal camp, for which Herzog's brother had to buy a passenger ticket for the plane ride over.

The DVD is another fantastic release giving the nice treatment to a title that can't be making them millionaires. The image looks great and is not letterboxed, so I assume that that is how Herzog prefers it. The three trailers didn't add much to the presentation, but that's a minor point. When they are finished with the entire Herzog collection, it will be one of the most fascinating career studies on DVD.

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I thought the movie betrayed itself... Didn't like it martin_033
Worst movie to ever reach my eyes j_bass88
Why doesn't Aguirre get sick or mudrered? DangerAwesome
Did anyone else apart from me laugh their ass off all the way through? fay1982
Does he understand that this book contains the word of God? italdesign1976
Didn't hurt as much... lonelybirthday
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