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Rescue Dawn

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rescue Dawn
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When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler escapes death after being shot down over one of the most intense front lines in the Vietnam War, his troubles were just beginning. He is taken captive by the Vietnamese Army and is forced to endure a harrowing stint in a Vietnamese prison camp. Dengler and a small band of his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape. Based on a true story.
Statement of Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Top Gun Productions present in association with Thema Production, a Gibraltar Films production ; produced by Steve Marlton, Elton Brand, Harry Knapp ; written and directed by Werner Herzog
Title: Rescue dawn
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment [distributor], c2007
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill; deleted scenes; the making of the true story; "Unfinished business: telling Dieter's story", "Strength of character", "War stories", "What would Dieter do?", deleted scenes
Contents: Special features: Widescreen version
Commentary by directer Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill
"The making of a true story" featurette; "Unfnished business: Telling Dieter's story, strength of character, war stories, what would Dieter do?"
3 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill
Still photo gallery
Language: English 5.1 Dolby surround ; Spanish Dolby surround ; French Dolby surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Credits: Director of photography, Peter Zeitlinger ; editor, Joe Bini ; music, Klaus Badelt ; costume designer, Annie Dunn.
Performers: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies.
Summary: When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler escapes death after being shot down over one of the most intense front lines in the Vietnam War, his troubles were just beginning. He is taken captive by the Vietnamese Army and is forced to endure a harrowing stint in a Vietnamese prison camp. Dengler and a small band of his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape. Based on a true story.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some seqences of intense war violence and torture
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby surround
Other Language: English (Dolby 5.1), dubbed French (Dolby surround) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby surround) dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Dengler, Dieter Drama Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Drama Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Prisoners and prisons, American Drama Escaped prisoners of war Laos Drama Laos Drama Dengler, Dieter Drama Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Drama Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Prisoners and prisons, American Drama Escaped prisoners of war Laos Drama Laos Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
War films
Adventure films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
War films
Topical Term: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Escaped prisoners of war
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Escaped prisoners of war
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE R
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It's probably my very favorite Christian Bale film. He's passionate and truly artistic in all that he does, but this movie clearly shows him at his very best! Thank you to all of the Vietnam Vets who served and gave their lives so that we can be free to live in a Democracy. God Bless my husband who at 42 years of age gave the ultimate for you and me!

Feb 04, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good Vietnam POW movie. Christian Bale and Steve Zahn give excellent performances. I would highly recommend you read a brief bio of the character that Bale plays, Dieter Dengler, he was a crazy outdoor survivalist guy and would have no problem living in the wild for a long time.

Jan 17, 2014
  • jonathanhowells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent film!

Nov 20, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one.

May 08, 2013
  • velloxal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Action, action, action. It shows how one man can change everything. Without trying you fail already. Real hero and great example.

May 08, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Werner Herzog, director of the 1972 masterpiece “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” starring the crazed Klaus Kinski, directed “Rescue Dawn” starring another intense actor, Christian Bale. This movie is based on the true story of Dieter Dengler, American pilot who bombed villages in America’s secret war in Laos, before America got into the Vietnam war. After he was shot down he survived time in a cruel and rough POW camp in Laos. If you are interested in seeing how prisoners of war survive under harsh circumstances, then this is for you. Maybe Cheney and Bush got some of their torture ideas from situations like this. Much harsher than the movie "Papillon" starring Steve McQueen.

Apr 05, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Based on true events Rescue Dawn is the story of a Navy pilot shot down over Laos at the beginning of the Vietnam offensive. At the time these missions were black ops to destroy enemy supply lines. Taken prisoner Dieter Dengler endured severe treatment until he and several other prisoners were able to escape. Once out of the prison camp the jungle and enemy soldiers became the next obstacle. According to others below Deiter ultimately committed suicide. Other than the fellow prisoner who died while he and Deiter were in the jungle the movie did not mention what happened to any of the other prisoners that escaped.

Mar 14, 2013
  • COURIER3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

WHAT A STORY ON HOW OUR PILOTS AND SERVICE MEN WERE TREATED BY THE VIET CONG.
I ALMOST STOPPED THE MOVIE DUE TO THE INHUMANE AN TORTURE ENDURDED BY P.O.W.'S. WAS TOUGH GOING IN THE JUNGLE DURING ESCAPE.
NEVER THOUGHT DIETER WOULD BE RESCUED. WENT ON TO BECOME A TEST PILOT. LATER IN LIFE, DUE TO A DISABILITY AND IN A WHEEEL CHAIR HE COMMITED SUICIDE AT A FIRE DEPT.

Dec 02, 2012
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

Great movie based on true story. Werner Herzog made a great film with great actors and a great story!
Funny, heartbreaking and scary! He hit all the emotions with this one.

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Nov 20, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

Nov 20, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

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