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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.

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Ferdinand Fairfax
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rescate See more »

Filming Locations:

Queenstown, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,194,037, 7 August 1988

Gross USA:

$5,855,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,855,392
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The C-130 carrying the SEAL team was cleared to takeoff on runway 39. Runway numbers correspond to the magnetic heading of the airstrip. There are 360 degrees in a compass. Only 2 numbers are used to designate the runway heading to the nearest 10 degrees, i.e., 01 is 10 degrees, 09 is 90 degrees (due East), 18 (due. South), 27 (due West) and 36 (due North)...or any one in between, but there cannot be a 39 as there.are only 360 degrees in a circle. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Highly incredulous and implausible
22 September 2000 | by Mike-DDSee all my reviews

I like movies that have some realism in them, except if realism will spoil the effect, like in fantasy or science fiction movies. This, however, is about a group of kids going into North Korea to save their parents. That is already highly incredulous as a main plot setting, but the way it is played out makes it impossible to believe at all. Though it may be remotely possible that things can happen the way they did in the movie, the plausibility rating is so low as to be unbelievable.

For example, kids with no formal training who can shadow suspects, evade guards, slip into fortresses totally unnoticed, practice cover and concealment from professional soldiers without training at all....and much much more. See it to believe it, or rather, to disbelieve it. The only saving grace is somewhat okay acting from the young cast, though at times it is very grating to see them in such contrived settings.


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