Fitzcarraldo ()

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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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Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'
Don Aquilino
Paul Hittscher ...
Captain (Orinoco Paul)
Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez ...
Huerequeque (The Cook) (as Huerequeque Enrique Bohórquez)
Grande Otelo ...
Station master (as Grande Othelo)
Opera Manager
David Pérez Espinosa ...
Chief of Campa Indians
Black Man At Opera House
Ruy Polanah ...
Rubber Baron
Salvador Godínez ...
Old Missionary
Dieter Milz ...
Young Missionary
William Rose ...
Notary (as Bill Rose)
Leoncio Bueno
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isabel Jimines de Cisneros ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Jesús Goiri ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Veriano Luchetti ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Lourdes Magalhaes ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Christian Mantilla ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Costante Moret ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Dimiter Petkov ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Mietta Sighele ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Liborio Simonella ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

Werner Herzog

Written by

Werner Herzog ... ()

Produced by

Werner Herzog ... producer
Renzo Rossellini ... associate producer
Walter Saxer ... executive producer
Willi Segler ... producer
Lucki Stipetic ... producer

Music by

Popol Vuh

Cinematography by

Thomas Mauch

Film Editing by

Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus

Editorial Department

Linda Kuusisto ... assistant editor
Carola Mai ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Ulrich Bergfelder
Henning von Gierke

Costume Design by

Gisela Storch

Makeup Department

Gloria Fava ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Stefano Fava ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Jaque Monteiro ... assistant makeup artist
Carlos Prieto ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

Gustavo Cerff Abulu ... production manager: Peru (as Gustavo Cerff Arbulú)
George Sluizer ... production manager: Brazil

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Fred Confalonieri ... assistant director: Brazil (as Frederico Confalonieri)
Jorge Vignati ... assistant director

Art Department

César Vivanco Luna ... construction: Camp Rio Camisea
Jaíme Mourõa Rios ... construction: Indin camp
Victor Trigoso ... construction: Camp Rio Camisea

Sound Department

Juarez Dagoberto Costa ... sound (as Juarez Dagoberto)
Zezé d'Alice ... sound (as Zezé D'Alice)

Special Effects by

Miguel Vázquez ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Rainer Klausmann ... second camera
Beat Presser ... assistant camera / still photographer
Hans-Peter Vogt ... lighting technician
Raimund Wirner ... lighting technician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Franz Blumauer ... assistant costume designer
Elisabeth Irmer ... assistant costume designer
Rosemary Kaye ... assistant costume designer

Transportation Department

Tercero Efraín Panaifo Indama ... tractorist

Other crew

Pedro Natorce Ahuanari ... boat crew
Tomás Parraga Aliaga ... medical staff (as Dr. Tomás Parraga Aliaga)
Walter Pinedo Alvarez ... boat crew
Claire André ... production secretary: Peru
Donald Arthur ... voice dubbing: José Lewgoy
Eglington Ayarza Boulloza ... technical advisor
Wolfgang Büttner ... voice dubbing: Roy Polonah
Pedro Padilla Chota ... boat crew
Wolf Goldan ... voice dubbing: Miguel Ángel Fuentes
Wolfgang Hess ... voice dubbing: Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez
Rosemarie Kirstein ... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale
Bruce Low ... voice dubbing: Paul Hittscher
Guardamino Benigno Paucar ... technical advisor
Victor Tello Pinedo ... medical staff
Nancy Rios ... production secretary: Peru
William Rose ... dialogue director (as William L. Rose)
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer ... script
Werner Schroeter ... opera director: stage scene
El Tigre Carlos Calvo Soria ... forest worker
René Baneo Vazquez ... boat crew
Rachel Griffiths ... script supervisor (uncredited)


Les Blank ... special thanks
Miguel Camateiri Fernandez ... thanks
Nicolás Camateiri Fernandez ... thanks
Pascual Camateiri Fernandez ... thanks
Peter Matthiessen ... special thanks
Joseph D. Peckerman ... special thanks
David Pérez Espinosa ... thanks
Sam Shepard ... special thanks
José Koechlin von Stein ... special thanks: idea

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Ο τυχοδιώκτης του Αμαζονίου (Greece)
  • Фитцкарральдо (Russia)
  • Fitzcarraldo, o tyhodioktis tou Amazoniou (Greece)
  • Фицкаралдо (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Fickaraldo (Serbia)
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  • 158 min
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Trivia Klaus Kinski was a major source of tension on set, as he fought virulently with the crew and raged over trivial matters. The natives were very upset about his behaviour. Werner Herzog has claimed that it went so far that one of the chieftains offered, in all seriousness, to murder Kinski for Herzog. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Opera in Manaos See more »
Quotes Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': How can anyone learn patriotism from a school book?
Young Missionary: The Government requires it.
Old Missionary: The natives get used to it. Like vaccination.
Young Missionary: The children already feel like little Peruvians. The other day I asked them, "Are you Indians?" "No," they said, "not we, the ones up the river, they are Indians." And then I asked. "What are Indians?" "They said to me "Indians are people who can't read and who don't know how to wash their clothes."
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': And what about the older people?
Old Missionary: Well, we can't seem to cure them of the idea that our everyday life is only an illusion, behind which lies the reality of dreams.
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo': Actually, I'm very interested in these ideas. I specialise in opera myself.
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