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  1. Peter Walsh's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Documentary story-telling as just that: ripping a good yarn. A beautifully observed film that gives one man the room to tell the story of (most of) his life. There's no scope to challenge or question what's being told, and the use of Vietnamese men as stand in props/mannequins is absurd and atrocious, but the film encompasses it all within it's scope. It's flawed, but that must surely be the point.

  2. Saaam's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    wow! now i'm sure Rescue Dawn couldn't be better than that! i think i should give that a watch one more time!

  3. nejurgi's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    a touching film, the scenes where herzog ties his hands and makes him run through the jungle are bizzare

  4. Joe Case's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Enjoyed it. Very interesting story and person. It just never strayed from kind of a straight telling of his story. Not that it had to. Just didn't seem to have much imposed filmmaker structure on it. Worth watching but not Herzog's best.

  5. DrFirestone's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Strong, very personal documentary. However, it felt like a rather silly excuse the moment Dieter tells us he realised there were people down there suffering and dying only after he became their prisoner. If I was joining the military, flying a war plane over Vietnam dropping bombs on someone's head this realisation would come to me a bit earlier...

  6. patrick chen's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Amazing story of an amazing man. It is horror tail of war and brutality. Yet human survival spirit trumps it all. What a surprise gem of a documentary

  7. Mal Smith's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Herzog went on to direct a film, Rescue Dawn, based on this story. It stars Christian Bale, in top form. That's certainly a five star film. If I had to choose, I'd recommend it in preference to this documentary. Great to see both though!

  8. naokoken's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    "How Dieter Dengler has been able to cope with all of this remains a mystery. He hides behind the casual remark that this was the fun part of his life." The casual matter-of-fact way in which he related his story was amazing. An unspoken message to just live your life as best you can with a positive outlook, even when horrible things happen.

  9. Felicity Green's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Herzog's fascination with humanity pushed to the furthest extremities of experience and endurance finds an ideal subject: war hero and aeroplane obsessive Dieter Dengler. His mind-blowing story is told with a matter of factness that meshes seamlessly with Herzog's own narrative style. Cinema that delves deep into humanity.

  10. Moin Hussain's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    A triumphant and childishly joyful take on dreams, survival and death.

  11. Victor Gonzalez's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

  12. DanB3000's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Inspiring, moving, shattering, beautiful.

  13. m.jempson@btinternet.com's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    A remarkable film about a remarkable man, but the wasteland of airplanes in which he found comfort were weapons of mass destruction in the hands of his adopted country. How many unsung heroes, heroines and innocents were massacred during the US 'adventure' in Vietnam?

  14. Kaonashiii's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

  15. Eric Rucker's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Why is nobody here talking about the images? Fuck your story talk and platitudes. You just saw hallucinatory dream-images explode against others equally disorienting, mirroring Dieter's chains of nightmare images in words—all of it from life—until the line we see from this side of madness became dust. You should now see reality in a way that simply opening an unlocked door is right out of the book of Revelations.

  16. ronny's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    combine Herzog's typically brilliant filmmaking with an "unbelievably true story" of war, complete with chaos, violence, and some sort of sick brand of joy. life, life, life, what a strange creature you are.

  17. fonzie's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    i didn't know how much i wanted a feature length movie of herzog roasting old american army training videos until now.

  18. Feng Ling's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    calm, reserved, surreal and almost detached recounting of some intense stories that tell the worthlessness of life under the forces of nature, fear, anger, the big guys and their zealous. all these originated from a simple obsession to fly (and the histories of tragedies at least since WWII).

  19. The Boreal Chorus's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    To be rendered speechless at the end of this remarkable doc about a more-than-remarkable man is perhaps the most accurate commentary one could make. It asks, is there a “Dieter” in each of us? Is this level of life’s intensity, which can only be measured at each appointment with death, discovered in the living of it, the surviving, or the retelling? Herzog is a master of film. Dengler, of life.

  20. ginobartolomi's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Herzog's study of Dieter Dengler, a German-turned-American Vietnam war hero, is a riveting portrayal of a man obsessed, a man defined almost entirely by his past. His recall of the tragic events he lived through as a prisoner of war is vividly detailed and told with impossible positivity. Although in the 30 years that passed Dieter developed a number of PTSD related habits, his torture, captivity and..↓

  21. michael hentz's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    An insane story, remarkable.

  22. bodhishin's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Incredible and moving story. It was surprising to me that he would agree and be willing to physically reenact his own captivity as a POW. His presence in telling his own story overall is a felt affirmation of life.

  23. Loz Loory's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Great documentary. Dieter's mien throughout is beautifully calm and reflective. To have survived with his mental health intact is phenomenal. Made me think about torture and Guantanamo, and how important it is that the US resume abiding by the Geneva Conventions for treating prisoners of war. Sure, other countries may not follow the conventions, but we must rise above the madness and act as a principled nation.

  24. Thom Slattery's rating of the film Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Dieter Dengler was a rather remarkable man. Not just for the tragedies he suffered through, but for the way he conducted himself before, during, and after them. Herzog pushes his subject rather far, but also allows Dieter to tell his own story.

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