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3 April 1985 (USA) See more »
The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians in Nicaragua who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas. | Add synopsis »
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Greatly in need of some editing but still a film that will hit you like a punch in the gut. See more (8 total) »



Werner Herzog ... Himself (voice)
Denis Reichle ... Himself

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Denis Reichle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog 
Denis Reichle 

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Manfred Nägele .... producer: SDR
Cinematography by
Michael Edols 
Jorge Vignati 
Film Editing by
Maximiliane Mainka 
Sound Department
Christine Ebenberger .... sound
Editorial Department
Draha Cicek .... assistant editor
Other crew
Werner Herzog .... commentary
Denis Reichle .... researcher

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Also Known As:
"Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten" - West Germany (original title)
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Germany:46 min | USA:46 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Greatly in need of some editing but still a film that will hit you like a punch in the gut., 28 December 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Ballad of the Little Soldier" opening song went on too long Miskito Indian way too long' didn't explain their plight and that the tribe fought for both sides

It's odd that I would say that a documentary is badly in need of an editing--and STILL it's an extraordinary film that is well worth seeing. Had the film been trimmed a bit, it would have been amazingly good. It begins with a child soldier singing a song--a song that seems to go on forever. And, when the film ends, he once again sings the same song! This easily could have been trimmed and would have made the film much less long-winded and a lot more likely to keep the attention of the audience. However, what happens in between is VERY compelling. It consists of Werner Herzog and his crew visiting a Contra camp during the bloody Nicaraguan civil war of the 1980s. These folks were anti-communist Miskito Indians--and often ranged from 10-12 years of age! What they only mentioned briefly is that the Miskitos ALSO fought with the communists--making the whole war rather pointless from their point of view. Overall, aside from a need for editing, it's a powerful film--due to the amazingly sad content. Worth seeing and heartbreaking that kids were used like this and continue to be used throughout the world to fight wars that they don't even understand.

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