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Aguirre: The Wrath of God


Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra View All


Werner Herzog (Director), Werner Herzog (Writer) View All

Released: Dec. 29th, 1972
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?
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Werner Herzog gives the viewer ample time to just 'be there' on the mountain side where time seems to stand still.
He gets his chance when the main commander, Gonzalo Pizarro (Alejandro Repulles) assigns him second-in-command, just under Pedro De Ursa (Ruy Guerra) to explore the rivers.
Herzog filmed Aguirre on a $370,000 budget and shooting lasted 5 weeks. in Apocalypse Now, at least Coppola's actors were driving around on a motor-driven boat. Herzog's actors were riding through rapids in the jungles of Peru on little rafts made of wood.
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