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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5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rescate  »

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$5,855,392 (USA)

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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 »


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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The Best Kid's V. Commie Movie
16 December 2007 | by (Jeonju, South Korea) – See all my reviews

I saw this in the theater when it came out and it made a big impression on me that lasts until today. I have long searched to find in on DVD and will buy it when I can. I thought that this movie was one of the best released in the eighties dealing with this subject. The characters are the kind of kid's that you'd like to hang out with and you are not unwilling to suspend disbelief for a short time and have good entertainment. The plot, the characters, and the material are all well thought out and put in place. The shooting is well executed and, now living in Korea, the locales are perfectly representative of the North. The director and the production designers did their job well and you can tell that this was not a "slapdash" movie like Haunted Mansion or the minions of other rush jobs Disney and their partners have put out recently. The differences between the North and South in this movie should not be overlooked. The tensions between the two countries have never been higher and I think that with the current political scene the action takes on a lot more meaning.

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