Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972)

The most famed and well-regarded collaboration between New German Cinema director Werner Herzog and his frequent leading man, Klaus Kinski, this epic historical drama was legendary for the arduousness of its on-location filming and the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Made for buttons, it's an awesome feat of filmmaking.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

This is a splendid and haunting work.

David Keyes

"Aguirre, The Wrath of God" leaves you feeling as if you are watching a documentary rather than a fictionalized drama. In some ways, what you are seeing is nothing short of the absolute truth.

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Variety Staff

The acting is properly larger than life, especially Klaus Kinski as the title character, a lean, driven but imposing man who has heads lopped off when in any way interfered with in his task of destruction and exploration.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the great haunting visions of the cinema.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Idiosyncratic visionaries don't come any more idiosyncratic or visionary than Werner Herzog.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Aguirre, Wrath of God is not just a great movie but an essential one.

Josh Cabrita
The Young Folks

Aguirre, The Wrath of God is not just about a group of fifteenth-century explorers but is a poignant reflection of the world we still live in.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Herzog's riveting Brechtian epic about a catastrophic expedition across the Andes and down the Amazon in 1560 is arguably his best work ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I've seen it but I've never REALLY seen it.
Chris Garman
Deep in South American jungle there's something afoot. A splinter group from Pizzaro's expedition is sent to find El Dorado, the legendary city of… More
Lucas Martins
Wonderful!!!! *****
Chris Weber
This film is just full of tension and a creepy, unsettling mood for the entirety of its running time. This is also one of Herzog's most visually stunning,… More
Jens S.
The documentary "My best fiend" stunningly portrayed the love/hate relationship between director Werner Herzog and his star Klaus Kinski, this is one… More
Michael Gildea
Aguirre, the Wrath of God was definitely some incredibly powerful filmmaking but not worthy of the 5-star reviews everyone's throwing it. Werner… More