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Little Dieter Needs to Fly

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


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

Awards & Festivals

San Francisco International Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Television - History (Golden Spire)

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1999 | 3rd place: Best Non-Fiction Film

International Documentary Association

1998 | Winner: Feature Documentaries

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

1997 | Winner: Special Jury Award

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