Little Dieter Needs To Fly

Directed By: Werner Herzog Starring: Dieter Dengler

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As a young boy, Dieter Dengler watched as Allied planes destroyed his village. From that instant, he knew that he wanted to fly. So at 18, he moved to America, enlisted in the Navy, and was promptly shipped off to Vietnam. During one of his first missions, however, Dengler was shot down over Laos and taken prisoner. Despite torture and starvation-at one point he weighed 85 pounds-he escaped, and after a harrowing journey through the jungle on foot, returned home. Today, even comfort and success cannot dispel the demons of his past. In this remarkable, award- winning documentary, director Werner Herzog returns to the jungle with Dengler, to tell an incredible tale of courage and survival against impossible odds.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204026477
UPC 013131520699
UPC 14 00013131520699
Format DVD
Release Date 3/27/2007
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Vietnam War
World War II
Editors Note
Note An extraordinary documentary about an extraordinary man, Werner Herzog's LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY details the life of Dieter Dengler, a survivor of both WWII and Vietnam. Dengler grew up in Germany, and, dreaming of one day flying a plane, left for the US when he was 18, unable to speak English. Soon, he was in the Navy, flying bombing missions over Laos and Vietnam, where his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. He and six others escaped the prison, but only he was known to have survived. Herzog turns Dieter's story into something much different than one might expect by putting Dieter back into scenes from his past and recording his amazingly understated reactions. For instance, in Laos, where he was taken prisoner, Herzog binds Dengler's hands and feet as they were in 1966 and uses Vietnamese actors, complete with rifles, to play Viet Cong. It's a startling technique, one that lends this film an intensity and sense of danger that Dengler consistently plays down.
Sight and Sound "[Dengler] is the quintessential Herzogian man -- obsessive, visionary, stubborn, and with an extraordinary will to survive....[A] superb documentary..." 01/01/2008 p.94
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "One of Herzog's signature studies of life lived at the extremes." 02/01/2008 p.112
Werner Herzog
Dieter Dengler
Cast & Crew
Andre Singer - Executive Producer
Dieter Dengler - Featuring
Eugene Deatrick - Featuring
Joe Bini, et. al. - Editor
Lucki Stipetic - Producer
Peter Zeitlinger - Cinematographer
Werner Herzog - Narrated By
Werner Herzog - Director
Werner Herzog - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 15206
UPC 00013131520699
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 74 minutes
Color Color
Original Language German
Available Audio Tracks English, German
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1999) Emmy, Werner Herzog, et. al., Outstanding Non-Fiction Special
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Werner Herzog's "Little Dieter Needs to Fly'' lets Dieter tell his own story, which he does in rushed but vivid English, as if fearful there will not be time enough if he doesn't speak fast. As he talks, Herzog puts him in locations: His American home, his German village of Wildberg, and then the same Laotian jungles where he was shot down...Herzog starts with a balding middle-aged man driving down a country lane in a convertible, and listens, questions and shapes, until the life experience of Dieter Dengler becomes unforgettable. What an astonishing man! we think. But if we were to sit next to him on a plane, we might tell him we had seen his movie, and make a polite comment about it, and go back to our magazine. It takes art to transform someone else's experience into our own.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
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Label Video Treasures
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