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Rescue Dawn [DVD] [2006]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 10)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill
    • The Making of a True Story featurette: Unfinished Business - Telling Dieter's Story, Strength of Character, War Stories, What Would Dieter Do?
    • 3 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill
    • Still photo gallery


    Rescue Dawn
    Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog returns to direct his first feature since 2001's Invincible with this dramatic action film inspired by his own 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly and detailing the escape efforts of a German-American pilot who was taken as a prisoner-of-war after being shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War. When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) escaped death after being shot down over one of the most intense front lines in the Vietnam War, his troubles were only beginning. Subsequently taken captive by the enemy and forced to endure a harrowing stint in a Vietnamese prison camp, Dengler and his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape that would later inspire one of Germany's most accomplished directors to capture the remarkable tale on camera. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Christian Bale
      Christian Bale - Dieter Dengler
    • Steve Zahn
      Steve Zahn - Duane Martin
    • Jeremy Davies
      Jeremy Davies - Gene
    • Zach Grenier
      Zach Grenier - Squad Leader
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      Yuttana Muenwaja - Crazy Horse

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    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A dirty gritty Vietnam War movie


      4 of 5 stars for the Vietnam war movie Rescue Dawn. This is the story of an American pilot shot down over Laos early in the war before it was common knowledge that the USA was bombing in Laos. This is a tough, gritty, hard movie. Not alot of fun; but, a solid story (based on the life of German-born Dieter Dengler). The story is heavy but true, the action gut-wrenching. The strength and determination of Dengler was impressive. The movie was well created with realistic settings (mostly filmed in Thailand). Yes, I do recommend this movie, but, make sure you are ready for a 2+ hour heavy war movie. BTW, shout-out to actor Christian Bale who played Dengler; no matter what, that must have been a tough movie to make and the personal stuff he went thru to make it...well, wow!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of the Best 'Nam Flicks


      This is one of the best Vietnam movies I have ever seen. The acting is phenomenal, by all 3 American POW's. I especially enjoyed Jeremy Davies' portrayal of Eugene. However, this movie is not very accurate to the truth - see the extras on the DVD and search the Internet - wikipedia. If you are wanting to watch this movie sheerly for dramatic effect and entertainment, then you should rent something like Platoon instead. You will likely be bored by the directing style of Werner Herzog. You have to be a film-buff to really appreciate this movie I think. There are several beautiful, sweeping shots of the Vietnam countryside. This movie is best watched on a large 42"+ screen, in surround sound, to get the full effect.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good so get it


      christain bale at his best. steve zahn shoulve got nominated for best supporting actor. everyone else is superb. there is no story unless the story is survivng, then they did a good job at that. steve zahn becomes such a likeable character in this very tragic and horrific procces. bale is great, too, but we all expected that. the jungle cinematography is perfectly done. but this movie shoulve been rated r. its so graphic and disturbing and sad in some parts. bale delivers a realistic and scared but braveperformance. its smart when he ditches his gear after the plane crash, but not when him and zahn ditch the guns in the jungle. but overall, this was a near perfect movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Okay, but not great


      Rescue Dawn has a lot of realism in it. There is great acting down by bale zahn and really the whole cast (forgot what the name of the actor playing Eugene was). The real problem with this movie is it is very slow moving. For a 2 hour movie it really has a lot of slow parts. The thing is though, although it was slow it didn't really drag on to much. It doesn't feel like 2 hours basically. I would recommend this to someone who really likes war movies, as long as you are not really looking for blood and guts or action. This is not an action packed movie at all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Horrors of War.


      This film is a small masterpiece from Herzog; it is an outstanding piece of cinema because it tackles a different side of war. This film is about survival and it does not hold back on showing us the things that prisoners are subjected too, if anything it tones it down. Bale does a great job as the lead character and is supported by a great cast, he humanizes his character and delivers a raw performance which is deserving of an Oscar nod.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Horrible movie


      I think that this movie simply didn't have a story. It was just a lot of rambling scenes that didn't quite come together. It has to be the dumbest movie I have ever watched. If you are thinking of wasting your money on it, let me know and I will sell you mine for cheap!!!!!!!!!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      Man! This guy is my favorite actor! This guy can really act

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best movie ever


      This was one of the best movies it was so great. Except some scenes but over all that is a good movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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