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The Rescue (1988)

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A team of Navy S.E.A.L.s are sent to destroy a disabled submarine so it will not fall into the wrong hands. They complete their mission, but are captured before they can return to their ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Cmdr. Merrill
Ellen Barber ...
Virginia Phillips
Timothy Carhart ...
Lt. Phillips
Adm. Rothman
Sybil Howard
Jack Dacey ...
Extra in conference room scene
J.J. Merrill
Bobby Howard
Lorry Goldman ...
Secretary Gates
Wendy Gordon ...
Newscaster (as Wendy Jill Gordon)
Cmdr. Howard
Adrian Phillips (as Christina Harnos)
Rocky Wing Cheung Ho ...
Cell Guard / Fighter
Tom Nelson ...
Capt. Stillman (as Commander Tom Nelson)


A team of Navy S.E.A.L.s are sent to destroy a disabled submarine so it will not fall into the wrong hands. They complete their mission, but are captured before they can return to their base. The U.S. government will not mount a rescue mission to free the soldiers, so their adolescent children take over. The kids find a way to venture into the foreign country and then must overcome many obstacles. Written by Scott Lane <>

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An elite U.S. Special Forces team is imprisoned behind enemy lines. The Pentagon calls them expendable. Five young heroes call them Dad. Now they'll risk everything to bring them home.


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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rescate  »

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$5,855,392 (USA)

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Did You Know?


A large part of this movie was filmed around Queenstown, New Zealand. The prison camp set is still standing, and can be viewed at the Deer Park Heights nature park outside of Queenstown. See more »


Adrian's father wears the collar device of a Chief Petty Officer, and is referred to as "Chief" by Wicks and Commander Howard. However, in the credits he is listed as Lieutenant Phillips. See more »


Cmdr. Merrill: ...but how did you get *here*?
Adrian Phillips: We had to use moms car!
Lt. Phillips: They drove here!
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Rambo For Kids
16 January 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was 10. It had just come out and I had an interest in that sort of thing.Back then I loved it. Looking back it seems kind of ludicrous. But I can still view it and enjoy it despite the fact that it is somewhat dated today. The film was very appropriate for is time, the height of the Reagan era.If you happen to stumble across this movie on cable it is worthwhile viewing.

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