The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1974-11-01
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 310 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: ZDF
  • Production Country: Germany
  • Director: Werner Herzog
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The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who feeds him.


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  • Bruno S.

    as Kaspar Hauser
  • Walter Ladengast

    as Professor Daumer
  • Brigitte Mira

    as Haushälterin Käthe
  • Willy Semmelrogge

    as Ringmaster
  • Kidlat Tahimik

    as Hombrecito, the Indian
  • Hans Musäus

    as Unknown Man
  • Michael Kroecher

    as Lord Stanhope
  • Henry van Lyck

    as Calvary Captain
  • Enno Patalas

    as Pastor Fuhrmann
  • Volker Elis Pilgrim

    as Pastor #2
  • Volker Prechtel

    as Hiltel, the prison guard
  • Gloria Doer

    as Frau Hiltel
  • Helmut Döring

    as Little King
  • Andi Gottwald

    as young Mozart
  • Herbert Achternbusch

    as country boy #1
  • Wolfgang Bauer

    as country boy #2
  • Walter Steiner

    as country boy #3
  • Clemens Scheitz

    as Registrar
  • Johannes Buzalski

    as Police Officer
  • Willy Meyer-Fürst

    as Doctor
  • Florian Fricke

    as Florian
  • Alfred Edel

    as Logic Professor
  • Franz Brumbach

    as bear showman
  • Herbert Fritsch

    as Mayor
  • Wilhelm Bayer

    as employee of the captain
  • Peter Gebhart

    as man who finds Kaspar
  • Otto Heinzle

    as old priest
  • Dorothea Kraft

    as little girl
  • Dr. Walter Pflaum

    as Doctor #2
  • Dr. Heinz Niemöller

    as Doctor #3
  • Peter-Udo Schönborn

    as crier
  • Markus Weller

    as Julius
  • Reinhard Hauff

    as Bauer - role was cut
  • Philippe Mareuil

    as Doublure voix française de Michael Kroecher
Camera Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein Director of Photography
Editing Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus Editor
Directing Werner Herzog Director
Writing Werner Herzog Screenplay
Production Werner Herzog Producer
Camera Michael Gast Camera Operator
Crew Christian Weisenborn Property Master
Costume & Make-Up Susanne Schröder Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Gisela Storch Costume Design
Crew Joschi Arpa Production Office Assistant
Directing Benedikt Kuby Assistant Director
Camera Gunter Freyse Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Ann Poppel Costume Design
Directing Feli Sommer Script Supervisor
Crew Peter van Anft Sound Design Assistant
Production Christian Weisenborn Location Manager
Lighting Dietmar Zander Lighting Supervisor
Crew Klaus Wyborny Second Unit
Sound Haymo Henry Heyder Sound Designer
Editing Martha Lederer Editorial Production Assistant
Sound Popol Vuh Music
Art Henning von Gierke Production Design
Production Walter Saxer Production Manager