About

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...

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Directed by

Werner Herzog

Written by

Werner Herzog (Writer)

Runtime

80 minutes

Country

United Kingdom, Germany, France

Language

English

Tagline

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

Cast

Keywords

vietnam prisoner of war vietnam war vietcong