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A haunting journey of natural wonder and tangible danger, Aguirre transcends epic genre trappings and becomes mythological by its own right. Read critic reviews

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Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), a ruthless Spanish conquistador, vies for power while part of an expedition in Peru to find El Dorado, the mythical seven cities of gold. Accompanied by his daughter, Flores (Cecilia Rivera), Aguirre faces off against his superior, Don Pedro de Ursua (Ruy Guerra), and grows increasingly volatile after seizing control of the group. As Aguirre presses deeper into the Amazonian jungle, he descends further into madness.

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Klaus Kinski
Don Lope de Aguirre
Ruy Guerra
Don Pedro de Ursua
Del Negro
Brother Gaspar de Carvajal
Peter Berling
Don Fernando de Guzman
Danny Ades
Perucho
Popol Vuh
Original Music
Thomas Mauch
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Critic Reviews for Aguirre: The Wrath of God

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  • Oct 14, 2017
    Klaus Kinski turns in a fantastic performance in this film, and his helmet and piercing blue eyes combine for an iconic image. He plays a power-hungry 16th century rebel who is hell-bent on finding the golden city of El Dorado to achieve riches and fame. I love how director Werner Herzog filmed on a location and really 'took us there', not only to the Amazon, but to a doomed feeling of hopelessness as the raft the Spaniards are on drifts downriver on a fool's errand. On the other hand, it's a bleak tale, and one in which little episodes such as natives approaching in a canoe and the Spaniards burning one of their villages are stitched together somewhat weakly, with jumps forward in time. The screenplay and editing seem disorganized, and while that may add to an overall dreamlike (or nightmarish), chaotic feeling, which was perhaps the point, it also made it a little less enjoyable for me. There are certainly some great images in the film, bookended by a caravan traveling through the mountains at the beginning, to Aguirre raving delusions of grandeur on a raft overrun with monkeys at the end. For me it's a good film, but not a great one.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2013
    Notable for its troubled production and distribution history and massive influence on modern filmmaking, "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" is one of the quintessential tales of greed and madness. Werner Herzog's natural, almost documentary-like direction and Klaus Kinski's terrifying performance as the titular villain are two of the main reasons to give it a watch aside from the fact that it's one of the most well-regarded films of its time.
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  • Nov 18, 2012
    Rating: 2.5 stars Arthouse Rating: 4 stars Watching Aguirre, Wrath of God was more like watching a really well made play than a movie. The costumes, screenplay, and setting just felt more like you're at a theater with a green screen behind the characters. This is a movie you can just sit back and relax through, no twists, turns, or a complex plot. This had a large con to it though, this really had me zoning out. I was in Tellitubby land for more than a third of the movie. This is what caused the large gap between my rating and the arthouse rating. The abuse of the horse did piss me off, it's the only thing that set off a reaction from me. Most people will enjoy this, and everyone will appreciated the work put into it, but it just wasn't my movie.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2012
    Haunting and fascinating.
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