YMMV / Aguirre, the Wrath of God

  • Art Imitates Life / Life Imitates Art: They filmed the movie in the actual jungle, which was almost as foolish and dangerous a move as those of the characters in the movie. Of course the movie is based on real life, making this life imitating art imitating life.
  • Ass Pull: When Inez walks away into the jungle, she suddenly wears a beautiful white and yellow dress we have never seen before. It seems rather implausible that she had it in her luggage all the time; but it has no bearing on the plot anyway.
  • Crazy Awesome: Herzog, just for having the guts to do the movie from beginning to end.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The talking head... after getting severed from the body.
    • Even when the soldiers are dying of hunger, Guzman is gorging on the food. When Guzman is distracted, everyone sneaks in and starts eating the food on the table, even Carvajal!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The first collaboration between Herzog and Popol Vuh.
  • Cult Classic
  • Iron Woobie: Inez.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Aguirre is highly regarded by movie critics and cinephiles, but it is not widely known.
  • Signature Scene: Aguirre lecturing the monkeys on his plans to build a continental empire.