This film follows up on the story of Dieter Dengler, which Herzog had reconstructed in his documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly. To fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot, the German-born soldier Dieter moves to the United States and enlists there. He is then sent on a mission in Vietnam, not long before the war breaks out, but when anti-American guerilla warfare has already become bitter. Having crashed his plane, he is taken prisoner along with other Americans. When he finally manages to escape, he finds he must face an even more perilous adventure to survive the frenzied attacks of his enemies in the fierce jungle. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film, Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the Film history, but for pushing himself and his crew to absurd and unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog came of age in Sachrang, Bavaria, amid extreme poverty and destitution. After Herzog turned seventeen, a German film producer optioned one of his screenplays, then promptly destroyed the contract when he discovered the author’s age. Circa 1962, 20-year-old Herzog enrolled in the University of Munich as a history and literature student, and produced his first motion picture, the twelve minute Herakles, his second short Game in the Sand, and his third, the pacifist tract The Unprecedented Defense of Fortress Deutschkreuz.In 1963, he established his own production… read more
Prison Break in the jungle, the Herzog way. Some impressive camerawork, good acting by Bale and Zahn... and a terrible, oh-so-american ending that damages a peculiar experience.
I like the movie as an interesting look of one man's journey in war. The movie claimed to be “based on true story” however it is said to be highly inaccurate. I understand, the movie tries to be entertaining but in this case of POW film it should have been handed respectfully with the truth! What these POW went through are too important to be distorted as whatever the Director and the Studio wants it to be.
20 minutes too long, and the ending is overly sentimental for sentimental's sake, but this is a genuinely brilliant piece of entertainment that manages to bring humour and warmth to a dire situation: Hollywood Herzog is okay by me.
A compelling war story and extremely well made. Christian Bale gave a great performance and proved his commitment to the physical and mental embodiment of a character. Jeremy Davies was also really… read review
This was a good movie. The acting, story and direction were all up to my standards of being a GOOD MOVIE. I’m not saying that it was awesome though. Christian Bale’s acting was a little awkward and… read review