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3 April 1985 (USA) See more »
1984 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog about children soldiers in Nicaragua. The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas. | Add synopsis »
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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Werner Herzog:We didn't know that the last cow in the village was slaughtered to honor us.See more »


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3 from Herzog, 2 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Ballad of a Little Soldier (1984)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Werner Herzog documentary takes a look at the children soldiers caught up in the Miskito Indian battle in Nicaragua. The first part of the film takes a look at the adults doing their thing but it grows rather boring pretty quickly. The interviews by Herzog are honest and straight forward but nothing really picks up the drama actually going on with the kids.

Dark Glow of the Mountain, The (1984)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Interesting documentary from Werner Herzog follows world famous mountain climbers Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander as they scale both of the Gasherbrum mountains, which are 8,000 meters each. The documentary really doesn't focus on the difficulty of the climb but instead the psychology of what it takes to be willing to do something as dangerous as this. Herzog asks some hard questions about their mental state and if they have a death wish and their answers are kind of unique.

No One Will Play With Me (1976)

*** (out of 4)

Werner Herzog directed short about a young boy who plays alone in his classroom because no on there wants to play with him. One day a girl goes back to his house to see his pet raven and then we learn why he is the way he is. This is a rather bleak and depressing little film and Herzog perfectly captures the mood of the "secret", which I won't reveal here.

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