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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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A Complete Work 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 
 
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(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: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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Complete Work, 7 April 2006
Author: 42ndStreetMemories (941kov@tampabay.rr.com) from 42nd Street Memories

I had the opportunity to see this last evening at a local film festival. Herzog introduced the film and did an hour long Q&A afterward.

This is a brilliantly done "documentary"; Herzog explained afterward that he does not consider his films to be true documentary since facts sometimes camouflage the truth. Instead he scripts some scenes and ad-libs some to introduce a new element that may have been missed if he followed the original story outline.

Little Dieter, unlike Timothy Treadwell, is a real person that you fall in love with; you cheer for him, you feel the anguish that he feels. You admire the sense of humor and joy for life that he exhibited here 30 years after he was taken into captivity by the Viet Cong. You are disappointed to hear afterward that Dieter passed on not too long ago.

As in most Herzog films, the imagery is breathtakingly beautiful with a wonderful choice of background music. Especially a scene of battle taken from archives of the Viet Nam war but fitting the story line of Dieter.

The core of the film has Dieter return to the hellish jungle where he was a POW and he re-enacts his journey with some locals. Harrowing for us to watch, I can't imagine what he felt as he was bound again.

One of the better films to depict and discuss the nightmare of the Viet Nam war. It should serve as a lesson to us all.

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