Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results.
Walter Ladengast....Professor Daumer
Brigitte Mira....Kathe, Servant
Willy Semmelrogge....Circus director
Michael Kroecher....Lord Stanhope
Hans Musäus....Unknown Man
Gloria Doer....Frau Hiltel
Volker Prechtel....Hiltel the prison guard
Herbert Achternbusch....Bavarian Chicken Hypnotizer
Wilhelm Bayer....Taunting Farmboy
Helmut Döring....Little King
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