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Year: 1982
Original Title: Fitzcarraldo
Length: 158 minutes
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Studios: Filmverlag der Autoren

Release Dates

United States: October 10 1982


Ranking: 10,459 out of 15,565 movies (up 2335)


7.2 by 2 users


Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, known as Fitzcarraldo to the native Peruvians, is an avid opera lover and rubber baron who dreams of building an opera house in the Peruvian jungle. To accomplish this, he plans to reach an isolated patch of rubber trees and make his fortune. But these trees are not directly accessible by river because of dangerous rapids, so Fitzcarraldo runs his ship as close as possible via an alternate river and then enlists the aid of the native Peruvians to drag his ship over a mountain to the desired area. However, the natives seem to have their own agenda in so mysteriously acceding to Fitzcarraldo's wishes. The results manage to both mock and affirm the dreams of determined figures like Fitzcarraldo, making absurdity out of the stuff of human endeavor without negating the beauty of that effort.

Cast Fitzcarraldo

Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski