The Rescue (1988)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  5 August 1988 (USA)
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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
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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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 helicopter used by the North Koreans where the Navy SEAL team is captured is a Bell UH-1 Iroquois aka the Huey. North Korean aircraft are sourced from the former Soviet Union or the People's Republic of China. 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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