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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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Dieter Dengler ... Himself

Werner Herzog ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Eugene Deatrick ... Himself
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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)
 
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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:Dieter took an early retirement from the armed forces and became a civilian test pilot. He survived four more crashes and flies to this day. Death did not want him.See more »
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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
extraordinary, 28 November 2005
Author: terry nienhuis (nienhuis@wcu.edu) from Cullowhee, N.C.

I consider this a breathtaking but deceptive film because it seems so simple and straightforward: a Vietnam survivor tells his harrowing tale and some of the story is reenacted on location. Reviewers sometimes even claim that Herzog's presence in the film is minimal, but how wrong they are. We know that all documentaries are "mediated" to some extent and this one has Herzog's subtle hand all over it, most notably in the stunning music, the unbelievably expert selection of archival footage, and the management of cascading images. The evocative power of this film is astounding, starting with its title, the opening title card from the book of "Revelation," and the initial voice-over. This is a movie that one can watch repeatedly with increasing wonder, not a simple commodity that is gulped down with one's favorite beverage on the way to the evening news. This is one of those movies that can resonate with you for a lifetime.

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