Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos (1998)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos (1998)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos

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This documentary from distinguished German director Werner Herzog recounts the amazing story of Dieter Dengler, a German native who became a U.S. Navy pilot, was shot down and captured in 1966 Vietnam and though tortured and starved, engineered a daring escape.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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Written By: Werner Herzog
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On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
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Werner Herzog Filmproduktion

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Critic Reviews for Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Werner Herzog's remarkable docu tells with sharp observation and witty humor the heroic tale of the imprisonment and escape of Dieter Dengler, a native German who became an American pilot in the Vietnam War; Dengler exudes plenty of charisma.

Full Review… | February 15, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Little Dieter -- just slightly out of the realm of the ordinary -- but not enough to stand among the remarkable, mystical works that Herzog has delivered in the past.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As often happens in Mr. Herzog's haunting documentaries, the most interesting figure seems to be the one behind the camera.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

A stunning tale of survival.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

A summation of the director's work in so many ways that one is tempted to point the neophyte to it ahead of better-known Herzogs.

Full Review… | June 21, 2005
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos

A documentary about a pilot's survival against the odds after being shot down in the Vietnam War. Dieter Dengler's origins in war-torn Germany and his subsequent embrace of the American Dream make his story all the more fascinating. I was worried it was going to turn a bit self-indulgent when Dengler started re-enacting his ordeal in the jungle, but it managed not to. Though he looks remarkably fit and well here, Dengler died of motor neurone disease only four years after this film.

harrycaul
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Effortlessly compelling true story of US-German POW.

wbgoose13
William Goss

Super Reviewer

An absolute must-see for those who liked Rescue Dawn as it tells the same story - but right from the mouth of Dengler. It's shocking to hear what he went through. It's also a Herzog documentary and therefore obviously brilliant.

Lemure
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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