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Little Dieter Needs to Fly

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Original title
Little Dieter Needs to Flyaka
AKA
  • Flucht aus Laos
  • Flucht aus Laos
Year
Running time
80 min.
Country
Germany Germany
Director
Screenwriter
Werner Herzog
Cinematography
Peter Zeitlinger
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Germany-France-UK; Werner Herzog Filmproduktion / ZDF / BBC / Arte / Media Ventures
Genre
Documentary | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?
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