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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 February 1971 (West Germany)
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A group of dwarfs at a correctional facility erupt in anarchy.

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Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog
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Cast overview:
Helmut Döring Helmut Döring ... Hombré
Paul Glauer Paul Glauer ... Erzieher
Gisela Hertwig Gisela Hertwig ... Pobrecita
Hertel Minkner Hertel Minkner ... Chicklets
Gertrud Piccini Gertrud Piccini ... Piccini
Marianne Saar Marianne Saar ... Theresa
Brigitte Saar Brigitte Saar ... Cochina
Gerd Gickel Gerd Gickel ... Pepe
Erna Gschwendtner Erna Gschwendtner ... Azucar
Gerhard Maerz Gerhard Maerz ... Territory
Alfredo Piccini Alfredo Piccini ... Anselmo
Erna Smollarz Erna Smollarz ... Schweppes
Lajos Zsarnoczay Lajos Zsarnoczay ... Chapparo
Pepi Hermine Pepi Hermine ... The President
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A group of inhabitants of a correctional colony for people of small stature raises a riot against the local order. Tired of adhering to the many rules that require good behavior from them, they decide to become bad. Their immediate leader (also a dwarf) is forced to take refuge in one of the premises while waiting for the police to arrive. Meanwhile, the rioters are having fun: they beat dishes and glasses, start a car and eventually break it, kill a big pig, scoff at blind dwarfs living next door, arrange cockfights, set fire to flowerpots with their favorite colors, and so on. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Extracts of the screenplay that are featured on the German DVD say: "The title for the film is a pure 'working title'. It has nothing to do with the film. The word 'dwarfs' should not appear in there." See more »

Quotes

Hombré: When we behave nobody cares. But when we are bad nobody forgets.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 2 minutes 17 secs by the BBFC to remove a cockfight and shots of a live crucified monkey. See more »

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Edited into Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980) See more »

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Herzog's "small" triumph
8 September 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I'm almost ashamed to say it but...this film truly TERRIFIED me! Usually speaking, this is like one of the best compliments a movie can ever receive, but I'm afraid that in the case of "Even Dwarfs Started Small" this feeling is very misplaced. Werner Herzog's minor masterpiece is intended as an allegoric social portrait, hence I'm not very proud to admit that it haunted me all night long. As wrong and unsympathetic as it may come across, these little people look naturally eerie and their appearances made an impression on me that was even stronger than the mesmerizing story. "Even Dwarfs Started Small" is a revolutionary film, pretty much covering all the daily wars every human being wages, only the protagonists are all dwarfs. Since these people's position in society already are oppressed as it is, this film looks extra powerful and compelling. All the actors and actresses deliver amazing performances, even though none of them had any experience in cinema. Especially the 'main' character Hombre is a truly intriguing man. Other aspects that increase the depressing intensity of this film are the black and white cinematography, the extended sequences showing farm animals and – most of all – the raw, tribal music. This definitely was one of the toughest reviews I ever wrote, simply because this is such a multilateral classic and I regretfully can't get past my personal fear of small shapes...


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 February 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A törpék is kicsin kezdték See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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