Rescue Dawn

Rescue Dawn

Blu-ray Disc - 2007 | Blu-ray version.
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The story of a US fighter pilot's survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Santa Monica : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2007.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Rescu
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Oct 15, 2018

Horrible movie!! It doesn't base anything off of what really happened!
Research the true story and you'll see that the movie was twisted into a fiction.
Eugene DeBruin was was the real hero, all the POWs were, not just one, like the movie portrays.
The real story:

Jan 04, 2017

Good movie!

Feb 18, 2014

It's probably my very favorite Christian Bale film. He's passionate and truly artistic in all that he does, but this movie clearly shows him at his very best! Thank you to all of the Vietnam Vets who served and gave their lives so that we can be free to live in a Democracy. God Bless my husband who at 42 years of age gave the ultimate for you and me!

Feb 04, 2014

This is a very good Vietnam POW movie. Christian Bale and Steve Zahn give excellent performances. I would highly recommend you read a brief bio of the character that Bale plays, Dieter Dengler, he was a crazy outdoor survivalist guy and would have no problem living in the wild for a long time.

Jan 17, 2014

Excellent film!

aaa5756 Nov 20, 2013

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one.

May 08, 2013

Action, action, action. It shows how one man can change everything. Without trying you fail already. Real hero and great example.

voisjoe1 May 08, 2013

Werner Herzog, director of the 1972 masterpiece “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” starring the crazed Klaus Kinski, directed “Rescue Dawn” starring another intense actor, Christian Bale. This movie is based on the true story of Dieter Dengler, American pilot who bombed villages in America’s secret war in Laos, before America got into the Vietnam war. After he was shot down he survived time in a cruel and rough POW camp in Laos. If you are interested in seeing how prisoners of war survive under harsh circumstances, then this is for you. Maybe Cheney and Bush got some of their torture ideas from situations like this. Much harsher than the movie "Papillon" starring Steve McQueen.

Apr 05, 2013

Based on true events Rescue Dawn is the story of a Navy pilot shot down over Laos at the beginning of the Vietnam offensive. At the time these missions were black ops to destroy enemy supply lines. Taken prisoner Dieter Dengler endured severe treatment until he and several other prisoners were able to escape. Once out of the prison camp the jungle and enemy soldiers became the next obstacle. According to others below Deiter ultimately committed suicide. Other than the fellow prisoner who died while he and Deiter were in the jungle the movie did not mention what happened to any of the other prisoners that escaped.

Dec 02, 2012

very good

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