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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 Vietnam War.

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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Dieter Dengler
Zach Grenier ... Squad Leader
Marshall Bell ... Admiral
Toby Huss ... Spook
Pat Healy ... Norman
GQ ... Farkas (as Gregory J. Qaiyum)
James Aaron Oliver ... Jet Pilot (as James Oliver)
Brad Carr ... U.S. Navy Pilot
Saichia Wongwiroj Saichia Wongwiroj ... Pathet Lao Guard
François Chau ... Province Governor (as Francois Chau)
Teerawat Mulvilai Teerawat Mulvilai ... Little Hitler (as Teerawat 'Ka-Ge' Mulvilai)
Yuttana Muenwaja Yuttana Muenwaja ... Crazy Horse
Kriangsak Ming-olo Kriangsak Ming-olo ... Jumbo
Somkuan 'Kuan' Siroon Somkuan 'Kuan' Siroon ... Nook the Rook
Chorn Solyda Chorn Solyda ... Walkie Talkie
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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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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense war violence and torture | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English | Lao | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rescate al amanecer See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,326, 8 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,490,423, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,177,143, 28 July 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Dieter (Christian Bale) is asked about how he became a Naval Aviator, he describes an awesome experience of seeing a fighter plane flying by very close when he was a child in wartime Germany. The experience described is strikingly similar to what Bale's character Jim had nineteen years before in Empire of the Sun (1987). See more »

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In the movie, the left wing was shot. In fact, it was the right wing that was hit and caused the crash. 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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Struggle for Surviving
26 July 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the plane of the German-American pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally ill prisoners. He becomes close to Duane (Steve Zahn) and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene (Jeremy Davies) 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 split the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison.

"Rescue Dawn" is a good drama of war, with great performances of Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. Jeremy Davies has his customary role of an insecure and unstable guy. The story shows the spirit of a soldier and his struggle for surviving in a totally hostile environment. The poor and suffered peasants that had their lands, homes and families bombed are naive and do not have military training; therefore the storyline of Dieter's amazing escape is credible. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Sobrevivente" ("The Survivor")


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