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Fitzcarraldo (1982)

The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

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Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Klaus Kinski ... Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'
Claudia Cardinale ... Molly
José Lewgoy ... Don Aquilino
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Cholo
Paul Hittscher Paul Hittscher ... Captain (Orinoco Paul)
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez ... Huerequeque (The Cook) (as Huerequeque Enrique Bohórquez)
Grande Otelo Grande Otelo ... Station master (as Grande Othelo)
Peter Berling ... Opera Manager
David Pérez Espinosa David Pérez Espinosa ... Chief of Campa Indians
Milton Nascimento ... Black Man At Opera House
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah ... Rubber Baron
Salvador Godínez Salvador Godínez ... Old Missionary
Dieter Milz Dieter Milz ... Young Missionary
William Rose William Rose ... Notary (as Bill Rose)
Leoncio Bueno Leoncio Bueno
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Storyline

Fitzcarraldo is an obsessed opera lover who wants to build an opera in the jungle. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his cunning plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain with aid from the local Indians. Written by Rune Sandnes <rune@nvg.unit.no>

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Country:

West Germany | Peru

Language:

German | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fickaraldo See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was hit by a plane crash that left four people dead and one paralysed. See more »

Goofs

During one of the boat drifting scenes, crew members can be seen at the top of the boat, including a man wearing jeans who tries to avoid being spotted by the camera. See more »

Quotes

Don Aquilino: Ladies and gentlemen, don't worry. This gentleman is harmless. He's just had a, a soul-stirring experience.
Rubber Baron: Sir. My servants will conduct you to the kitchen. My dogs' cook will prepare you a meal. Thank you very much, sir. You were superb.
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To your dogs' cook.
[downs champagne glass]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To Verdi.
[downs champagne glass]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To Rossini.
[downs champagne glass]
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': To Caruso.
[downs champagne glass]
[...]
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Featured in Eu Eu Eu José Lewgoy (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni
from "La Boheme"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Original recordings by Enrico Caruso
(1902/06) by RCA Victor
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Spectacular Achievement
7 July 2003 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

This film was a real labour of love for Werner Herzog (he said at the time of making it: "I live my life or end my life with this film"). The movie tells the story of an entrepreneaur (Klaus Kinski) who is obssessed with the idea of building a Grand Opera house in the Peruvian jungle. To get the money to do this however, he has to set off on a long and dangerous journey to open up new trade routes for a previously inaccessible part of the jungle, rich in valuable rubber trees.

The most famous image in the film is the hauling of a large steam-boat up the side of a mountain (a feat which was achieved by the film-makers without the aid of special effects). Visually, the film is spectacular and everything is beautifully photographed. Kinski is superb as the crazed adventurer.

On the minus side, however, some viewers might be put off by the slow pace of the film.

This film stands as one of Herzog's best, and most accessible works, and is a must-see for anyone.


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