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Rescue Dawn -- A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

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A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Zach Grenier ... Squad Leader
Marshall Bell ... Admiral

Christian Bale ... Dieter Dengler

Toby Huss ... Spook

Pat Healy ... Norman

GQ ... Farkas (as Gregory J. Qaiyum)

James Oliver ... Jet Pilot

Brad Carr ... U.S. Navy Pilot
Saichia Wongwiroj ... Pathet Lao Guard

François Chau ... Province Governor (as Francois Chau)
Teerawat Mulvilai ... Little Hitler (as Teerawat 'Ka-Ge' Mulvilai)
Yuttana Muenwaja ... Crazy Horse
Kriangsak Ming-olo ... Jumbo
Somkuan 'Kuan' Siroon ... Nook the Rook
Chorn Solyda ... Walkie Talkie

Steve Zahn ... Duane

Jeremy Davies ... Gene
Galen Yuen ... Y.C.
Apichart Chusakul ... Phisit (as Abhijati 'Muek' Jusakul)
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat ... Procet (as Chaiyan 'Lek' Chunsuttiwat)

Craig Gellis ... Grunt
Emmanuel O. ... Corporal

Richard Manning ... Helicopter Pilot

Evan Jones ... Pilot
Bonnie Zellerbach ... Nurse #1
Seneca Shahara Brand ... Nurse #2
Stef Putnam ... Nurse #3 (as Stefany Putnam)
Katherine Roberts ... Nurse #4
Andy Loftus ... FBI Agent #1 (as Andrew Loftus)
Colin Crosby ... FBI Agent #2

Chris Tallman ... DJ

Chris Butler ... Rigger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zachary Culbertson ... Naval Pilot (uncredited)
David Kiiskinen ... Navy Pilot (uncredited)

Tommy Maples ... Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (written by)

Produced by
Freddy Braidy .... executive producer
Elton Brand .... producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... executive producer (as Jimmy De Brabant)
Michael Dounaev .... executive producer
Jeff Geoffray .... associate producer
Gerald Green .... executive producer
Walter Josten .... associate producer
Robyn Klein .... associate producer
Harry Knapp .... producer
Steve Marlton .... producer
Kami Naghdi .... executive producer
Nick N. Raslan .... executive producer (as Nick Raslan)
Adam W. Rosen .... associate producer
Elie Samaha .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Klaus Badelt 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
 
Art Direction by
Arin 'Aoi' Pinijvararak 
 
Costume Design by
Annie Dunn 
 
Makeup Department
Tanya Cookingham .... key makeup artist: Alameda
R.J. McCasland .... key makeup artist
Janette Nielsen .... makeup artist: Alameda
Conor O'Sullivan .... key special effects makeup artist
Danielle Lyn Saunders .... makeup artist
Jennifer Owen Silva .... key hair stylist: Alameda (as Jennifer Owens Silva)
Robert Trenton .... prosthetic makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jonathan Way .... unit production manager: Alameda
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Brenenstuhl .... second assistant director
Apichart Chusakul .... first assistant director (as Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul)
Harry Knapp .... first assistant director
Harry Knapp .... second unit director: Thailand
Nick Newell .... second second assistant director
Nukool 'Nueng' Nhurod .... second second assistant director
Zefania Preza .... second assistant director: Alameda
Santi 'Noo lek' Toiparn .... second assistant director
Josef Lieck .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Edward McGurn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Somchai 'Au' Chinsirikul .... buyer
Wallop 'Tol' Chuachulak .... swing gang
Wichit 'Ben' Chuchuan .... set dresser
Pornthep 'Gay' Chuenchoorak .... swing gang
Darrin Denlinger .... storyboard artist (as Darin Denlinger)
Wimol Hengmee .... painter
Supachayawat Jiracherdnapaporn .... swing gang
Preeda Junsomdee .... carpenter
Sutan Kawinram .... carpenter
Peter Mayer .... set decorator: Alameda
Anusorn 'Sorn' Musicabutr .... assistant art director
Sanoh Noomkamnerd .... head carpenter
Suwicha 'Keung' Noomkamnerd .... carpenter
Nonjuree 'Ying' Obsuwan .... art department coordinator
Sakarin 'Beer' Petchdee .... property master
Prasant 'Jeed' Petchpong .... construction manager
Wichien 'Dong' Somsuabsin .... carpenter
Nimit Sornsuepsin .... carpenter
Michael Stephenson .... property master: Alameda
Wichet 'Chet' Thinmala .... carpenter
Somwong Torchur .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Christopher Atkinson .... boom operator (as Chris Atkinson)
Peter Austin .... supervising sound editor
Ed Carr .... sound re-recording mixer (as Edward C. Carr III)
Steffan Falesitch .... dialogue editor
Catherine Flynn .... dialogue editor (as Cathy Flynn)
Karyn Foster .... dialogue editor
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist
Charles Hamilton .... stage recordist
Jun .... sound assistant
Scott Kinzey .... sound mixer: Alameda (as Scott Kinsey)
Marc Meyer .... sound effects editor (as Mark Meyer)
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor (as Michael Mitchell)
Soonthorn 'Add' Nimsanea .... cable person
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer (as Thomas O'Connell)
Jason Oliver .... ProTools adr recordist
Paul Paragon .... sound mixer
Jay Petach .... adr mixer (as Jay Petack)
Sonny Pettijohn .... assistant sound editor
Bob Redpath .... adr editor (as Robert Redpath)
Fred Runner .... boom operator: Alameda
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Kenneth Young .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Adam Howarth .... special effects supervisor
Ittipol Kaweprapurt .... special effects technician
Po Ketkorn .... senior special effects technician
Santipab Moonkawe .... special effects technician
Sarawut Moonpol .... senior special effects technician
Krit Nuansri .... special effects runner
Wiroj Nuansri .... senior special effects technician
Chalempol Panichsuk .... special effects supervisor: Thailand
Watcharachai Panichsuk Sam .... special effects supervisor: Thailand (as Watcharachai 'Sam' Panicsuk)
Kunakorn Sirisuwan .... special effects technician
Stuart Wishart .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
David Alexander .... lead visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Go Aoyama .... visual effects intern: Filworks FX Inc.
Robert D. Bailey .... digital intermediate consultant (as Bob Bailey)
Mike Becker .... digital intermediate software engineer
Glenn Campbell .... matchmover: Cinemapixel
Kevin Chaja .... digital intermediate data manager
James Chu .... visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Tom Clancy .... visual effects still plates: Filmworks FX Inc.
Erik Courtney .... roto artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Daphne Dentz .... digital intermediate executive producer
Karina Desin .... digital intermediate data manager
Mark Dinicola .... digital intermediate colorist assist
Jason Donnelly .... animator: Cinemapixel
Marc Fisher .... digital intermediate title sequences
Bob Gill .... visual effects telecine operator: Filmworks FX Inc.
Heidi Graham .... visual effects coordinator: Filmworks FX Inc.
Christopher Grandel .... digital compositor: Cinemapixel
Ricky Hayner .... visual effects assistant: Cinemapixel
Owen Holdren .... visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Kristin Johnson .... digital compositor: Cinemapixel
Yoshio Kohashi .... visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Ken Locsmandi .... CG supervisor: Filmworks FX Inc.
Ken Locsmandi .... visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Don Mccoy .... matchmover: Cinemapixel
Shannon Noble .... digital compositor: Cinemapixel
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate film recordist
Brandon Perlow .... visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc.
Richard Piedra .... visual effects artist: Filmworks FX Inc. (as Richard J. Piedra)
Tom Polson .... CG artist: Cinemapixel
Tobias Rogers .... visual effects assistant: Cinemapixel
Anna DiNuovo Slaughter .... digital intermediate producer (as Anna DiNuovo)
Chris F. Woods .... visual effects producer: Cinemapixel
Jan Yarbrough .... supervising digital intermediate colorist
Bradley Lorimer .... previs animator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chris Carnel .... stunt coordinator
Chris Carnel .... stunt double: Christian Bale
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunt double: Steve Zahn
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Bazal .... second assistant camera: Alameda (as Kenny Bazal)
Piyapong Boondachai .... grip
Peerapol Boonruangkao .... electrician
Chris Byers .... gaffer: Alameda
Chris Byers .... key grip: Alameda
Daecha Chainok .... rigger
Sitthi 'Boy' Chemugsorn .... first assistant camera
Suthep Chubsri .... rigging supervisor
Manachai Chuthom .... rigger
Manachai Chutom .... rigger
Pongkarn Deeboonmee .... grip
Bernd Heinl .... director of photography: Alameda
Lena Herzog .... still photographer
Prawit Hinkvang .... electrician
Chanate 'Nate' Intarachub .... film loader
Chanate 'Nate' Intarachub .... second assistant camera
Danai 'Chai' Jansomwong .... gaffer: Thailand
Payu 'Yu' Jansri .... electrician
Apinan Kabklangdon .... rig builder
Sitthipong 'Ko' Kaewmarach .... grip
Pongsak Kaewmookda .... rigger
Amnaj Kamjadpai .... rig builder
Patkasem Kijsanglong .... rigger
Apichart Kladklawdee .... rigger
Phanuwat 'Ae' Kongkarat .... grip
Somkid Kumsawat .... rigger
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera: Alameda (as Ann Lee)
Reg Metcalf .... wescam operator: second unit Thailand
Gino Mifsud .... best boy grip: Alameda
Somchai 'Boy' Mittjarem .... electrician
Thanayuth 'Yut' Muhammad .... electrician
Vachilapan 'Golf' Nakata .... second assistant camera
Wachiraphan Nakata .... second assistant camera
Mana Namvijit .... key rigger
Jarin Pengpanitch .... first assistant camera (as Jarin 'Tong' Pengpanich)
Supakarit Phondej .... grip
Atthawut Phulungga .... film loader
Komson Phumai .... rigging coordinator
Mark Pickens .... grip: Alameda
Ronnarong 'Noom' Pongjinda .... camera operator: electronic press kit
Sayan Ponploy .... key rigger
Sanya Ruengnead .... grip
Samak Ruenpetch .... key rigger
Apiwat 'Rin' Samanya .... grip
Pongnaret Seleum .... rigger
Pradit Seleum .... rigger
Withaya Seleum .... rigger
Picha Srisansanee .... camera operator (as Picha 'Pom' Srisansanee)
Picha Srisansanee .... director of photography: second unit, Thailand (as Picha 'Pomp' Srisansanee)
Surasak 'Rak' Sriumka .... electrician
Prachom 'Tom' Syksamran .... head electrician
Erik Söllner .... first assistant camera (as Erik Soellner)
Jaruk 'Tul' Thatanarm .... key grip
Salee 'Lee' Thitgratork .... best boy grip
Prasent 'Chang' UthenLoy .... best boy grip
Thomas Vandermillen .... first assistant camera: Alameda (as Ton Vandermillen)
Kronarat 'Korn' Watanakarunyapas .... electrician
Julian White .... gaffer
Rungchai 'Num' Yingsombat .... electrician
 
Animation Department
Jason Donnelly .... animator: Cinemapixel
 
Casting Department
Mitch Carter .... adr voice casting
Chayuti 'Aey' Janrakangtong .... casting assistant: Thailand
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju .... casting director: Thailand
Sandy Holt .... additional special voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sunny Chayes .... costume supervisor: Alameda
Andrea Cooper .... costumer: Alameda
Jirada 'Koi' Dairoekngam .... seamstress
Sophia Green .... wardrobe production assistant
Waraporn 'Pank' Kheawnonjai .... wardrobe supervisor
Jennifer Power .... costumer: Alameda (as Jen Power)
Preeyanan 'Lin' Suwannathda .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Robert D. Bailey .... digital intermediate consultant (as Bob Bailey)
David Tai Bornoff .... additional assistant editor
Che Brooks .... post-production AVID
Ryan Delk .... assistant editor
Daphne Dentz .... digital intermediate executive producer
Mark Dinicola .... digital color assist
Marc Fisher .... digital intermediate: title sequences
Ryan Gardner .... post-production AVID
Jennifer Gillaspy .... assistant editor (as Jen Gillaspy)
Herbert Golder .... editor: archival footage
Maya Hawke .... assistant editor
Kathleen Largay .... Digital Film Recordist
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate producer
Anna DiNuovo Slaughter .... digital intermediate producer (as Anna DiNuovo)
Royce Smith .... color timer
Rick Souza .... post-production AVID
Chris Tayag .... post-production AVID
Jan Yarbrough .... supervising digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... score co-producer
Andy Brown .... conductor
Kris Burton .... assistant score recording engineer
Caroline Dale .... musician
Craig Eastman .... musician
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Dave Hartley .... musician
Ian Honeyman .... music arranger
Stephen Krause .... score mixer
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performed by
Scrap Marshall .... assistant score recording engineer
Stephen McLaughlin .... score recordist (as Steve McLaughlin)
Andrew Raiher .... music arranger
Jesse White .... score technical assistant
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Risto R Muzik .... score technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chatanun 'Buoy' Buachan .... driver: generator for lighting #1
Surachate Chuman .... driver: lighting truck #1
Sakorn 'Sa' Chutcha .... driver: producer motorhome
Chai Geeta .... driver: lighting skatebed
Prapas 'Neon' Geeta .... driver: lighting truck #3
Noppadol 'Jeab' Jatukamnon .... transportation manager
Rundon Jundee .... driver: utility pickup
Pleon Kraipetch .... driver: lighting truck #2
Song Kruanklang .... driver: special effects truck
Anun Kumbangprai .... driver: make-up truck
Bang Lek .... driver: props buyer van
Prayoot 'Pao' Mupung .... driver: stand-by prop van
Anuchart 'Ood' Namwong .... driver: unit van
Chidchanok Plodripu .... transportation coordinator
Weerarat 'Tong' Puangkeaw .... driver: generator for lighting #2
Bunjong Na Rairum .... driver: lighting truck #4
Sruang Rongmarut .... driver: sound truck
Saaya Ruengnate .... driver: grip truck #1
Too Samarai .... driver: stand-by prop truck
Berklerk Sampoo .... driver: art department van
Phongphan 'May' Sitti .... transportation assistant
Anthony 'Skip' Starr .... transportation coordinator: Alameda
Tanate Teerachaitunyasak .... captain: Royal Thai Navy
Sunun 'Chow' Thaiklang .... driver: generator for facility
Arthit Thaitae .... driver: mobile toilet
Samporn Wangshen .... driver: swing gang pickup
Akapong 'Toa' Wongsoonthorn .... driver: producer van
Akapong 'Toa' Wongsoonthorn .... transportation assistant
 
Other crew
Matt Adler .... adr loop group
Marc Albanese .... production accountant
Steve Alterman .... adr loop group
Piyanit 'Nok' Anthawat .... set production assistant
Pramoth Assakul .... armorer
Jamie Bukowski .... assistant: Klaus Badelt
Kampanart 'Matoom' Chantasiirivisam .... location assistant
Sompot Chidgasornpongse .... crowd organizer (as Sompot Chitgasompongse)
Kevin Chisnall .... head armorer
Taweerat Chokechaipermpoonpol .... crowd organizer
Tanapol Chuksrida .... crowd organizer
Baoan Coleman .... adr loop group (as Boan Coleman)
Boonchai Dananuphan .... wing commander: Royal Thai Air Force, Sqdn. 203, Wing 2, Lopburi
Panupong Dangdej .... military coordinator (as Panupong 'October' Dangdej)
Ron Don .... location assistant
Moosie Drier .... adr loop group
Marc Fisher .... title designer: main and end titles
Paula Frankel .... script supervisor: Alameda
Herbert Golder .... archive footage
Kanchanok Hunhaboon .... group captain: Thai Air Force, Wing 53, Ao Manao
Glen P. Jeep .... crowd organizer
Aud 'Oody' Kardsanikam .... location manager
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Nathon S. Lewis .... personal assistant: Steve Zahn (as Nathan S. Lewis)
Siripong Lowsuwan .... major: Thai Air Force, Wing 53, Ao Manao
Maeve Mannion .... production accountant
Aranka Matits .... assistant to producer
Supat Nirantarai .... production secretary: pre-production
Anchittha Phongchub .... work permits: Thailand (as Anchittha 'Tan Tan' Phongchub)
Pornrisaln Ratanatham .... armorer
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services: Rosen, Feig, Golland & Lunn
Saros Sabcharoen .... location assistant
Kiattipoom Saengthi .... wing commander: Royal Thai Air Force, Sqdn. 203, Wing 2, Lopburi
Kialpoom Sangdhi .... wing commander: Royal Thai Air Force, Sqdn. 203, Wing 2, Lopburi
Veerapong 'Golf' Saradhuldthat .... manager: water and waste
Trever Stewart .... story editor
Surachet Sutisai .... armorer
Teera Tajandee .... armorer
April Tan .... adr loop group
Chring Teeko .... armorer
Phut 'Doa' Thaitae .... maid: mobile toilet
Konglar Toomphu .... commander: Royal Thai Navy
Supapong 'Lah' Wongsang .... animal wrangler
Suwicom 'Eddy' Yararit .... location assistant
 
Thanks
Thomas Augsberger .... special thanks
Paul Fiore .... special thanks
Robert O. Green .... special thanks
Zak Penn .... special thanks
Hans Zimmer .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense war violence and torture
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There is an aircraft decal of a boy flying using a umbrella on the outside of Dieter's cockpit. This is a reference to a German children book story of a flying Robert who, in spite of the advice of his parents dared to go out into the storm. The storm carries him away and they never find him again.See more »
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Anachronisms: At the beginning (set in 1966), the pilots are making fun of a survival film. However, the survival film was made in 1967 according to the documentary "Little Dieter Needs to Fly".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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154 out of 194 people found the following review useful.
One Flew over the Bamboo Hut, 16 July 2007
Author: David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA

For me, Werner Herzog will always be remembered for his haunting 1979 remake of "Nosferatu." Next to the silent-era original, it's probably the greatest artistic statement ever put to film on the myth of the vampire. Apart from that, he's been one of those fascinatingly enigmatic European infant-terrible directors, brazenly going against the studio system and doing whatever he damn well pleases, be it documentaries or bizarre art films. "Rescue Dawn" comes as a huge surprise, and proving that he still does whatever he pleases, is a dramatized version of the true story of Vietnam POW Dieter Dengler that Herzog previously filmed as a documentary in 1997 entitled "Little Dieter Needs to Fly." Masterfully realized, "Rescue Dawn" emerges as Herzog's most accessible film. After over 30 years of film-making, he's gone "Hollywood" but has done it on his own terms.

"Rescue Dawn" features classical and feverishly transcendent direction from Herzog, breathtaking cinematography of Laos and Vietnam from Peter Zeitlinger, a triumphant and evocative music score from Klaus Bedelt, and Oscar-worthy performances from an amazing cast. In the lead role of Dieter, Christian Bale once again puts his whole body into the character (as he did in "The Machinist"). Bale has become one of those rare actors whose every role seems to be the performance of his career. Also noteworthy are Jeremy Davies ("Saving Private Ryan," and "Ravenous") as Eugene from Eugene, Oregon, who seems to always get cast as the most emotionally unstable soldier, and a shockingly good and sympathetic Steve Zahn as Duane. Herzog puts the cast through the ringer in artistically rendered depictions of torture, horror, and survival in the harshest of conditions. Even in some of the most cringe-worthy scenes, Herzog turns what could've been wallowing on its head--witness the fantastic transition from Bale eating live worms and one crawling in his beard to a beautiful caterpillar leisurely making its way across a leaf in the peaceful jungle.

Essentially what we have here is the war-movie version of Milos Foreman's "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" as Herzog depicts a group of average men who were slightly crazy already becoming increasingly more mad through involuntary imprisonment. While Bale's character refuses to be held down and is constantly trying to keep his brain and skills sharp through plotting an escape, some of his fellow prisoners are rendered hopeless as they have turned their own minds into the most impenetrable walls. Herzog does a great job of depicting tiny bits of humanity and dignity shining through in the most inhumane conditions, and how the will to survive can triumph over death. He's somehow crafted a movie that is both boldly anti-establishment and unapologetically pro-soldier and patriotism. Being based on a true story where the ending is known to the viewer doesn't take away from the white-knuckle suspense and human drama. Unlike Foreman's classic from the 1970's, where Jack Nicholson (mirrored here by Bale) flew over the cuckoo's nest and disappeared into his own insanity, Herzog gives up hope. One flew over the bamboo hut...and he made it.

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