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Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  27 July 2007 (USA)
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A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Viet Nam War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Bell ...
Farkas (as Gregory J. Qaiyum)
Saichia Wongwiroj ...
Province Governor (as Francois Chau)
Teerawat Mulvilai ...
Little Hitler (as Teerawat 'Ka-Ge' Mulvilai)
Yuttana Muenwaja ...
Kriangsak Ming-olo ...
Somkuan 'Kuan' Siroon ...
Chorn Solyda ...


In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. Written by PHD, in CT USA

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A true story of survival... declassified. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense war violence and torture | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rescate al amanecer  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$110,326 (USA) (6 July 2007)


£89,988 (UK) (23 November 2007)

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Did You Know?


Shot in 44 days, including the different locations and stunt scenes. See more »


In the supply room scene, the sailors are shown with name tapes, and "U.S. NAVY" tapes on their dungaree uniform shirts. The US Navy did not use these until 1992. During the Viet Nam Era, Sailors either stenciled or hand printed their last name above their left breast pocket. See more »


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Title Card: In 1965, few people believed that the still limited conflict in Viet Nam would turn into full scale war. / One of the first signs of what lay ahead was America's bombing of secret targets inside Laos.
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Voice from Another World
Performed by Ernst Reijseger (as Ernst Reijseger) (Trio)
Composed by Ernst Reijseger (as Ernst Reijseger) (BUMA)
Published by Winter & Winter (GEMA)
Ernst Reijseger appears courtesy of Winter & Winter, Munich, Germany
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Excellent film
28 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this tonight at a preview in Somerville, Mass - a really excellent film. Just such good storytelling, with great suspense, and the usual Herzog weird touches that I am guessing must have come from him (and not the true story). The acting is also superb - both Christian Bale and Steve Zahn are fantastic. Bale really captured this guy's incredibly indomitable spirit, but also his almost child-like wonder and naivete at the world - which ironically enough helps him survive. I found the whole story really moving. The very ending of the film really disappointed me, but it didn't ruin the evening by any means. Wonderful music too. Interesting also to see the documentary about the REAL Dieter, LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (http://imdb.com/title/ tt0145046/), also made by Herzog. I saw it at a film festival 10 years ago - and Herzog and Dieter were there! Of course, much of Dieter's 'real-life' obsessive-compulsive behavior - such as opening and closing a door multiple times after passing through

  • turns out to have been 'suggested' by Herzog! Cheeky filmmakers...

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