Aguirre, The Wrath of God

Revealing mistake: At one point when the soldiers are walking through the jungle, one of them steps into a trap and is pulled up into the trees to be killed by Indians. However, if you watch this scene carefully, when the soldier (who steps into the trap) walks into frame you can see a wire already attached to his foot leading up into the trees. He doesn't step into a trap. (00:22:26)

Jack Vaughan

Continuity mistake: When the soldier finds the other soldier dead, having been hanged from a tree by Indians, he panics and flees. Between shots the halberd weapon he was holding vanishes. (00:22:59)

Jack Vaughan

Visible crew/equipment: In the film's final moments, as the camera revolves around the raft, you can see the wake made by the camera boat on the river's surface. (01:32:49)

Jack Vaughan

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Trivia: During the filming of one scene in a native village, Klaus Kinski hit one of the crewmen over the head with his sword, almost killing him. The man survived because he had a helmet on.

Don Lope de Aguirre: Perucho, don't you think the cannon might be a little bit rusty?
Perucho: It might.

Brother Gaspar de Carvajal: We reached the last pass of the Andes and for the first time looked down at the legendary jungle. In the morning I read Mass, then we descended through the clouds.

Don Fernando de Guzman: All the land to our left and all the land to our right now belongs to us. I solemnly and formally take possession of all this land. Our country is already six times larger than Spain, and every day we drift makes it bigger.
Don Lope de Aguirre: Have you seen any solid ground that would support your weight?

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Answer: Kinski suffered from mental illness for most of his life. He was given to bouts of unprovoked outbursts and violence. He was eventually diagnosed with psychopathy (antisocial personality disorder). On movie sets, he was notorious for being physically and verbally abusive to the crew, who generally hated him. The sword incident was just one of many. On the production of this film, director Werner Herzog carried a gun on him in the event he had to protect himself or others. Kinski was flat-out crazy. He was eventually unable to get any work as an actor.

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Agreed. I forget what film set it was but Kinski also once fired a rifle at a bunch of crew members and blew a guy's finger off. He was unstable.

Jack Vaughan

It was also Aguirre, The Wrath Of God. Kinski was irritated by the noises from a hut where cast and crew were playing cards and, out of anger, repeatedly fired a Winchester rifle into it. One of the bullets took the tip of an unknown extra's finger off.

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