Rent Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)

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Rent Aguirre, Wrath of God (aka Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Aquirre, self-styled 'Wrath of God' go up the Amazon in search of gold, but Aquirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip. Eleven hundred men, two women, horses, Ilamas, pigs and rifles descend from the Andes highlands down into the steaming primeval forest where the waters of the Amazon begin, in quest of El Dorado, the fabled city of gold. Aquirre has with him his beautiful 14-year old daughter who he intends to marry and found a new 'pure' race to rule over a golden empire.
, , , , , , , Edward Roland, Alejandro Chavez, , Daniel Farfán, , , Indianern der Kooperative Lauramarca, , Antonio Marquez
Werner Herzog, Hans Prescher
Voiced By:
Claus Biederstaedt, Lothar Blumhagen, Heinz Theo Branding, Christian Brückner, Michael Chevalier, Norbert Gescher, Uta Hallant, Manfred Lehmann, Gerd Martienzen, Edgar Ott, Uwe Paulsen, Dieter Ranspach
Werner Herzog
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes
Stonevision Entertainment
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Germany, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
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Run Time:
95 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
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Run Time:
93 minutes
English, German
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
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  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (Werner Herzog, 1967,16 mins): symbolic drama about four young men hiding from an imagined enemy
  • Last Words (Werner Herzog, 1968,13 mins): short film about the last man to leave a former leper colony
  • Precautions Against Fanatics (Werner Herzog, 1969,11 mins): short satire about horse-racing enthusiasts
  • Fata Morgana (Werner Herzog, 1971,77 mins): hallucinatory film exploring mirages and the Mayan creation myth
  • Feature-length audio commentaries with Wemer Herzog for both Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fata Morgana

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Reviews (4) of Aguirre, Wrath of God

If you want to see a raft full of monkeys... - Aguirre, Wrath of God review by Steve Mason

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Herzog masterpiece about Spanish conquistadors in South America feels truly real. The brilliant opening scene of a royal train in a mountain descent, captures the greed borne insanity, the cultural incongruence, and the misguided heroism of Empire. Benchmark deranged performance by Klaus Kinski.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Oh God, what a film - Aguirre, Wrath of God review by PT

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From the opening scene this film is brilliantly shot. Apparently shot on a low budget, which is all the more remarkable. Klaus Kinski is brilliant in the lead, an insane megalomaniac, who is so convincing lunging around like some kind of leering hunchback. The direction by Herzog is equally impressive, giving the film a dark feeling of one mans obsession with power and riches. For film buffs this is a must see.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Just as significant today - Aguirre, Wrath of God review by DF

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The masterly direction of Herzog and the terrifying portrayal by Kinski create a powerful allegory on the shameful history of colonialism and its attendant racism together with the all too familiar danger of a megalomaniac managing to cast himself into a position of power. The film was made in the 70s and presumably Herzog had in mind Nazism and Hitler. Chillingly, however, the theme of the movie strikes me as being just as powerful in 2016 and one doesn't have to look too far for the allegorical representation. Aguirre, has a maniacal obsession to create a 'new world order'. He summarily disposes of his main opponent using a made-up quasi judicial process and continues by leading a hopeless band of passive followers up a jungle river to an inevitable conclusion. Kinski's portrayal of Aguirre is, as I have said, terrifying; every move and gesture that he makes has chilling menace.

A movie just as significant today as when it was made. A warning for our times.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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