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Thumbnail for Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Basics Critics:76Viewers:74Rusty:76
Category: Bio/History, Documentary, Drama, WarSub-Category: documentary film, docudramaMain subject: aviation, Vietnam War, military aviationRuntime: 80 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, GermanCountry: United Kingdom, GermanyDirector: Werner HerzogScreenwriter: Werner HerzogCinematography: Peter ZeitlingerStars: Werner Herzog, Eugene Peyton Deatrick, Dieter DenglerProducer: Lucki Stipetić, André SingerStudio: Arte, British Broadcasting Corporation, ZDF, Remote Control Productions, Werner Herzog FilmproduktionAward details: (details at IMDb)

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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