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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?


Christian Bale lost 55 pounds for his role. See more »


The aircraft carrier presented in the opening sequence is supposedly the USS Ranger, however Dengler's plane takes off from an entirely different vessel. See more »


[first lines]
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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Spun-off from Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) See more »


Performed by Ernst Reijseger (as Ernst Reijseger) (Solo)
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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Not a "popcorn" film
4 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Besides terrific acting & a compelling (true!!) story, this film does not wallow in over-glorifying itself. It doesn't try to pump up the audience with patriotic blather or "gee whiz, what a guy" feel good stuff. It simply tells the story of this incredibly courageous and resourceful man, Dieter Dengler. This is a great example of how films should be made. Also, the film's historical content was very, very accurate, the writers took few if any liberties with the truth.

Christian Bale is indeed an actor to be reckoned with. He's quickly becoming one of my favorites. His acting is believable and subdued.

Highly recommended but see it in a theatre and not on DVD in order to get the full effect of this great story.

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