Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Documentaries, 1998, 76 minutes
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Werner Herzog directs this emotional documentary about Dieter Dengler, a naval pilot in the Vietnam War who was shot down over Laos and taken captive.
The documentaries Little Dieter Needs to Fly was released in 1998 and lasts 76 minutes. Not rated. This film has not been rated. This documentaries is Inspiring, Understated.
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Score: 8.1 of the 10

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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Subtitles: Spanish;English

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