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The Rescue (1988)

A group of kids venture into enemy territory in an ambitious attempt to rescue their Navy Seal fathers who were captured during a failed mission in North Korea.



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Credited cast:
Cmdr. Merrill
Virginia Phillips
Lt. Phillips
Adm. Rothman
Sybil Howard
Jack Dacey ...
Extra in conference room scene
J.J. Merrill
Bobby Howard (as Ian Giatti)
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 <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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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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Box Office


$5,855,392 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


The C-130 carrying the SEAL team was cleared to takeoff on runway 39. Runway numbers correspond to the magnetic heading of the airstrip. There are 360 degrees in a compass. Only 2 numbers are used to designate the runway heading to the nearest 10 degrees, i.e., 01 is 10 degrees, 09 is 90 degrees (due East), 18 (due. South), 27 (due West) and 36 (due North)...or any one in between, but there cannot be a 39 as there.are only 360 degrees in a circle. See more »


Adrian Phillips: We had to use Mom's car.
Lt. Phillips: They drove!
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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An instant classic!
6 January 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Action? Adventure? These words are not enough to describe "The Rescue". If you love movies about kids who saving their military dads from Asian captors, then brother grab some popcorn, 'cause you're in for one *WILD* ride! From boat chases, to the gratuitous use of holiday explosives, "The Rescue" has it all. "The Matrix"? Bah! See "The Rescue" instead. You won't regret it.

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