Rescue Dawn

Rescue Dawn

Rescue Dawn

A US Fighter pilot's (Christian Bale) epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. Directed by Werner Herzog (Grizzly ManAguirre, The Wrath of God).

Bale plays Dieter Dengler, a German-American fighter pilot who was shot down over Laos in 1965. Captured and viciously tortured by the Viet Cong, Dengler seized an opportunity to escape, taking two American POWs with him. Expanding upon his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Herzog once again blurs the line between fiction and reality, while avoiding the obvious temptation to delve into political allegory. 

2008Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language126 minsUSA
ActionDramaTrue Story & BiographyWar
Director:
Werner Herzog ('Grizzly Man', 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God', 'Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht')
Writer:
Werner Herzog
Cast:
Christian BaleSteve ZahnJeremy DaviesGalen Yuen
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

As far as establishing a sense of period goes, Herzog cleaves to a refreshing less-is-more philosophy. This may be the first Vietnam-set film in history not to feature a bar of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones or indeed any other rock music on its soundtrack...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For the most part, Rescue Dawn is a marvel: a satisfying genre picture that challenges the viewer’s expectations...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler and this is one of the actor's most complex and compelling performances...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

An old-fashioned prisoner-of-war movie that becomes much more because of writer-director Werner Herzog's admiration for the remarkable true story of its protagonist, Dieter Dengler...

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

This is filmmaking that's as rousing as it is strange...

3.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Free from documentary restraint (yes, even for Herzog) the master director occasionally overindulges his melodramatic tendencies with the odd scene which could have leapt straight out of An Officer and a Gentleman, or even worse, a Steven Seagal film (see the ‘emotion’ milking in the closing scene if you don’t believe me!) And though it worked in perfectly 90% of the time, I also found Klaus Badelt’s classical-oriented original score, at times, intrusive and inappropriate. But this is the worst that can be said about a film which is better, by far, than many OTT Vietnam War productions...

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Essentially a classic survival story of bravery and comradeship, Herzog cinematically enthrals with a dark, fear-ridden environment.

Unfortunately the "All-American" ending is a bit of a letdown...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

As far as establishing a sense of period goes, Herzog cleaves to a refreshing less-is-more philosophy. This may be the first Vietnam-set film in history not to feature a bar of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones or indeed any other rock music on its soundtrack...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For the most part, Rescue Dawn is a marvel: a satisfying genre picture that challenges the viewer’s expectations...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler and this is one of the actor's most complex and compelling performances...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

An old-fashioned prisoner-of-war movie that becomes much more because of writer-director Werner Herzog's admiration for the remarkable true story of its protagonist, Dieter Dengler...

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

This is filmmaking that's as rousing as it is strange...

3.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Free from documentary restraint (yes, even for Herzog) the master director occasionally overindulges his melodramatic tendencies with the odd scene which could have leapt straight out of An Officer and a Gentleman, or even worse, a Steven Seagal film (see the ‘emotion’ milking in the closing scene if you don’t believe me!) And though it worked in perfectly 90% of the time, I also found Klaus Badelt’s classical-oriented original score, at times, intrusive and inappropriate. But this is the worst that can be said about a film which is better, by far, than many OTT Vietnam War productions...

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Essentially a classic survival story of bravery and comradeship, Herzog cinematically enthrals with a dark, fear-ridden environment.

Unfortunately the "All-American" ending is a bit of a letdown...

3.0
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