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

Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos

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While growing up in desolated post-WW II Germany, all Dieter Dengler, the son of a Nazi slain during the war, dreamed about was becoming a pilot. At age 18, he left his country with only a few cents to his name and emigrated to the U.S. Landing in San Francisco, he worked odd jobs until he was accepted into the Navy and began pilot training. He was sent to Vietnam around 1966 and on his first mission was shot down and taken prisoner. There, the Vietcong tortured and starved him until Dengler … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Werner Herzog
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On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 fantastic documentary by the master of cinema, Werner Herzog. It?s an honest, unbelievable and amazing story told by Dieter himself. A must see film alongside Rescue Dawn, it?s just brilliant!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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

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Effortlessly compelling true story of US-German POW.

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William Goss

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