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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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Fascinating, even if it doesn't completely gel in all respects See more (27 total) »

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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)
 
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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Dieter Dengler:Duane, my friend, he was gone, and from then on my motions, my progress, became mechanical. In fact, I couldn't care less if I would live or die. But then later on, there was this bear, this beautiful bear that was following me. It was circling me in fact sometimes...See more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, even if it doesn't completely gel in all respects, 8 October 1999
Author: allyjack from toronto

The movie is mainly a monologue, with glimpses of Dieter's life nowadays, but built in its central section around the somewhat bizarre device of having him return to the jungle with a band of Vietnamese who partly reenact his experiences - he demonstrates torture techniques, the march through the jungle etc. Herzog is too much a filmmaker to be satisfied with mere memories it seems - he must also see: although with full knowledge that this form of retrospective seeing will be inescapably somewhat bizarre. Dieter's past traumas and current stability (although he's still preoccupied by the idea of closed doors and is still hoarding vast unneeded emergency food supplies - the former seems a bit staged, but that's part of the intrigue) seem to chime with Herzog's own past glories and now relative reduced state, and the title with its obviously childish edge has an air of longing and acknowledgment of past fantasies and their fatal possibilities. But despite the true pain of the monologue, Herzog doesn't dwell on adversity, but rather on the ultimate grandeur (for example, the final image of thousands of military planes parked in the desert) - in which context his movie seems to fall short of the true cosmic resonance of some of Errol Morris' work. But he coaxes Dieter's story expertly and has the classic strengths of a good story-teller, and the movie's quite fascinating even if it doesn't completely gel in all respects.

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