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Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

10/02/1998 (US) Documentary 1h 20m

In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped.

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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?

  1. Werner Herzog

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Dieter Dengler

    Himself

  2. Werner Herzog

    Werner Herzog

    Himself / Narrator

  3. Eugene Deatrick

    Himself

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Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Little Dieter Needs to Fly

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Original Language English

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