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The Rescue (1988)

A group of kids venture into enemy territory in an ambitious attempt to rescue their Navy Seal fathers who were captured during a failed mission in North Korea.


Ferdinand Fairfax
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Credited cast:
Edward Albert ... Cmdr. Merrill
Ellen Barber ... Virginia Phillips
Timothy Carhart ... Lt. Phillips
James Cromwell ... Adm. Rothman
Anne E. Curry ... Sybil Howard
Jack Dacey Jack Dacey ... Extra in conference room scene
Kevin Dillon ... J.J. Merrill
Ian Michael Giatti ... Bobby Howard (as Ian Giatti)
Lorry Goldman Lorry Goldman ... Secretary Gates
Wendy Gordon Wendy Gordon ... Newscaster (as Wendy Jill Gordon)
Charles Haid ... Cmdr. Howard
Christine Harnos ... Adrian Phillips (as Christina Harnos)
Rocky Wing Cheung Ho Rocky Wing Cheung Ho ... Cell Guard / Fighter
Sal Mazzotta ... Dino
Tom Nelson 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 <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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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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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 »


Adrian is using her scarf as a bandage on her father's wound before he was shot. See more »


Max Rothman: [after being asked to get the mission orders] No. No! My dad will buy an electric chair and my mom will pull the switch.
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Ignore the Critics..This one is for everyone who Dreams Big!
12 January 2007 | by mystrk77See all my reviews

While this may not be the best made or best acted movie, the ideals are sound. I loved this movie as a kid because it made me dream big. With movies like this, I though I could do anything as long as I was smart enough and wanted to work hard enough to achieve it. Acting and plot are not everything, and this movie is one of the greatest examples of going against the odds and doing what seems impossible. Today's movies for families rely on magic (Harry Potter, Narnia), animals (Dreamer, Air Budd), or computer graphics (Cars, Shrek). While these movies are great, they don't have the innocence and imagined realism that "The Rescue" does. I am dying to get this movie on DVD, and will not feel like my collection is complete without it.

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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Queenstown, New Zealand See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,194,037, 7 August 1988

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1.85 : 1
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