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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)
A group of dwarfs at a correctional facility erupt in anarchy.

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Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog
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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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In one interview around 2009, Harmony Korine cited this as, for him, the greatest film ever made. See more »

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Hombré: When we behave nobody cares. But when we are bad nobody forgets.
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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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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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This is one of my favorite films ever
11 October 1999 | by FoodSee all my reviews

This film isn't just depraved and misanthropic, it's depraved and misanthropic with heart.

Despite it's grotesqueness, it depicts a fantasy of rebellion and transgression that I've loved for years. The urge to break free and destroy the confining objects and circumstances of our lives is within all of us. The potential joy of trashing and rendering inoperable our cars, the implements of our work, even our foodstuffs and houses lurks somewhere on a subconcious level, wether we are able to admit it to ourselves or not. Herzog has made an archetypal statement, very simply and unambiguously. The exhilaration of watching these laughing little people dismantle, bludgeon and set fire to their surroundings is immense

I find I have a weird empathy with the character Hombre, the small guy who happily follows the group and laughs while he watches all the destruction. He has a kind of humble nobility which is revealed at the beginning of the film when he refuses to talk to police.


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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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