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Little Dieter Needs to Fly
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Werner Herzog (writer)
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Release Date:
2 October 1998 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Documentary at its best See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Dieter Dengler ... Himself

Werner Herzog ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Eugene Deatrick ... Himself

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog  writer

Produced by
Andre Singer .... executive producer
Lucki Stipetic .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
Glen Scantlebury 
Rainer Standke 
 
Production Management
Herbert Golder .... post-production supervisor
 
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Herbert Golder .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Juan Santiago .... illustrator
 
Sound Department
Ekkehart Baumung .... sound
Dave Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Nelson)
Josh Rosen .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Les Blank .... additional photographer
Helen Kim .... still photographer
Erik Söllner .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Michael Angelo .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wolfgang Ebert .... network executive
Herbert Golder .... archival researcher
Rudolph Herzog .... production assistant
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... continuity
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... script girl
 
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USA:80 min
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The exotic-sounding music heard during the "native" sequences is Mongolian overtone music, sometimes called "throat music." It enables the singer to sound as if he had two or more voices.See more »
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Narrator:But from the air, Vietnam didn't seem real at all. For Dengler it was like a grid on a map. He had suddenly found himself not only a pilot, but a soldier caught up in a real war. But even though it was all very real, everything down there seemed to be so alien and so abstract. It all looked strange, like a distant barbaric dream.See more »
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Documentary at its best, 29 August 2001
Author: Geert Lemmens (gjl@bookwerk.de) from Cologne, Germany

This film is excellent! Fear of watching documentary movies? Cancel your shrink and watch little Dieter's story. You won't believe how captivating this fine piece of film making is until you have experienced it. I'm eager to say that it even out goes almost any Vietnam war movie, including Apocalypse Now. It's a real story, it's a personal story, a story about the love for flying, the dream of being a pilot and the nightmare of being shot down above enemy's territory. All is shot in a "return to..." style - at location, Herzog asking the questions, Dieter answering them in a memorable German-English accent, and with fine remembrance pointing out what happened where about 25 years before. There is this part that I told friends over and over again: bailed out from his US Navy plane, Dieter becomes a POW of the Vietcong. Blindfolded for the greater part of the days, he is being dragged through the Southeast Asian jungle for miles and miles - on bare feet. Tortured, insulted, disorientated, hungered and covered with infectuous wounds, they arrive in a small, friendly village to spend the night. The next morning, after walking for several hours, Dieter discovers someone stole his wedding ring from his finger. That is it. He can take no more. He starts to cry, as a result of complete exhaustion. The Vietcong men react surprised. Dieter manages to explain what happened. Immediately, the group returns to the village and starts searching for the person that stole the ring. They find the man, immediately chop of his finger and return the ring to Dieter. - The movie is full of these mind boggling and surprising situations. The immense cultural differences, the clash of East and West, the fear of the unknown (i.e. all that stands for America on the one hand, the Asian jungle and his secrets on the other) can be sensed the entire movie. Back problems? That's because you sat at the edge of your seat for two hours and didn't notice.

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