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Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Truths
1,141 Ratings

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Directed by Werner Herzog
United Kingdom, France, 1997
  • English
  • English, French
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Truths


This is the unbelievable true story of Dieter Dengler, who fulfilled his life dream of becoming a fighter pilot—a dream which was shattered only a few days into his first tour of duty in the Vietnam War, when he was shot down over Laos…

Our take

In both his docs and his features, Werner Herzog is a director drawn to obsession, to the way madness and ecstasy can run so close together. This incredible tale of a prisoner of war is one of his finest films. And it exemplifies Herzog’s documentary M.O.: to relate life by turning it into art.

Little Dieter Needs to Fly Directed by Werner Herzog

Critics reviews

…The more that Herzog can make Dengler somehow “relive” his terrifying months of imprisonment, torture and desperate flight in the jungles of Laos during the Vietnam War, the more immediate and real his film becomes as a ‘document’ of remembering.
July 15, 2014
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