MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 20,828 this week

Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
"Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 February 1985 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,357 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 7 critic

The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert area covered with ant hills prior to a possible uranium extraction. His work is ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 11 May 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 21 Feb 2014
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 49 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

Where the Green Ants Dream (1984) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Where the Green Ants Dream.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Walter Steiner, Werner Herzog
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note;... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Stroszek (1977)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz
Herdsmen of the Sun (TV Short 1989)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Herzog's documentary of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region. Particular attention is given to the tribe's spectacular courtship rituals and 'beauty pageants', where eligible young... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Fata Morgana (1971)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Lotte Eisner, Eugen Des Montagnes, James William Gledhill
My Best Fiend (1999)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Works, legend and murders of Carlo Gesualdo, a notorious Italian composer and murderer from 16th century.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Pasquale D'Onofrio, Salvatore Catorano, Angelo Carrabs
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system, and compares it to the lifestyle of the Amish, who live nearby.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Steve Liptay, Scott McKain, Ralph Wade
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

About the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Graham Dorrington, Dieter Plage
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Michael Goldsmith, Werner Herzog, Augustine Assemat
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lance Hackett
Wandjuk Marika ...
Miliritbi
Roy Marika ...
Dayipu
...
Cole
Norman Kaye ...
Baldwin Ferguson
Ralph Cotterill ...
Fletcher
Nick Lathouris ...
Arnold
Basil Clarke ...
Judge Blackburn
Ray Marshall ...
Solicitor General Coulthard
Dhungala I. Makika
Gary Williams ...
Watson
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ...
Fitzsimmons
Robert Brissenden
Michael Edols ...
Young attorney
Bob Ellis ...
Supermarket manager
Edit

Storyline

The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert area covered with ant hills prior to a possible uranium extraction. His work is impeded by some aborigines who explain that this is the place where the green ants dream. Disturbing their dreaming will destroy humanity they claim. Hackett informs the company which offers various "solutions" such as a large amount of money or a percentage of a possible revenue. Invited on a trip to a city some of the aborigines sees a military aeroplane and express the wish to own it. The company buys it and gives it to the aborigines as a sign of good will. A runway is made in the desert and the plane is flown to the location. All negotiations concerning the area fail and the dispute goes to a court of the Commonwealth. Parties and experts are heard, obstacles are met such as an aborigine who is the sole survivor of his tribe (and language) and therefore no-one understands what he is saying. Two of ... Written by Frank Dabelstein <frank@dabelstein.dk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

ant | plane | mining | desert | green ant | See All (54) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Where the Green Ants Dream  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The whole story of the green ants was made up by Werner Herzog, it's not a part of genuine Aboriginal folklore. However the courtroom incident where a secret artifact is revealed, to the bemusement of the judge, is based on a real incident. See more »

Quotes

Miliritbi: You white men are lost. You don't understand the land. Too many silly questions. Your presence on this earth will come to an end. You have no sense. No purpose. No direction.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #8.4 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Voice in the wilderness
Written by Ernest Bloch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
maybe not one of Herzog's best, but still a vital film with grand visuals and some good acting
29 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where the Green Ants Dream- at the least featuring one of Werner Herzog's best titled films as it's one of those amazing visuals one gets out of the strangest of the director's work- is placed in a somewhat minor cannon of the German maverick's work, and maybe rightfully so. It's about a controversial topic, that of the rights of the Aborigines and the Australian's seeming right via original British Imperial rule, and it features practically all non-professional actors and some shaky transitions between its sturdy plot and non-sequiters and quintessential Herzogian landscapes. If I were recommending Herzog films to a friend this wouldn't be at the top of the crop (unless of course one is fervently into Australian issue movies or love that one song from the 80s "Beds are Burning"). But it's by no means an over-ambitious quagmire like Heart of Glass, and at worst it's occasionally dull or, and I hate to say this for Herzog, too eccentric for its own good.

It's not to say some of Herzog's bits of character eccentricities aren't out of place. There's featured here amid the story of an aboriginal tribe peacefully protesting and standing their ground against construction on a sacred land of the title name various strange bits of business. My favorite was that mid-section involving the Aborigines asking for a plane, assumed on the part of the construction group as part of the negotiations, and features in one of the oddest parts of the movie the one black pilot from the Aussie air force who keeps singing "My baby does the hanky-panky" to himself. And there's some cool visuals of stock tornado footage and those barren wastelands and perplexing dunes and pyramid-hills in the desert plains that provide the director some choice locations to film. It's hard not to see for the Herzog fan some allotment of poetry.

But there are some problems that I couldn't quite ignore. Despite the acting force of Bruce Spence, who displays far more here as a gifted actor (contrary to what another IMDb reviewer said) and as more than just the kooky flier in the Mad Max movies, the acting is in general fairly weak and at best standard and too off-kilter. It's fairly distracting when Herzog can't quite corral his actors as well as with his technical skills; this also despite some real 'presence' with the two aboriginal chiefs. And certain big scenes, like the courtroom, aren't as effective as might have been intended and come off as dry and too naturalistic and stuffy.

And yet, even with these qualms, it's got some real courage and conviction with its message, which is that aside from the typical "respect the native culture" beat is that people need to learn to live together and not have cultures lost and squandered in the face of bigotry and imperialistic attitudes that should have been squashed decades ago. It's a very good, if not great, examination of a meeting of two societies and an identification of "the other" by a filmmaker willing to take it on. 7.5/10


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this film so unkown? gorthaurrockatansky
Flawed film but still needs a wider audience powdep
Wonderfully Absurd ganason
Discuss Where the Green Ants Dream (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?