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1,839 Ratings

Rescue Dawn

Directed by Werner Herzog
United States, 2006
Drama, Biography, Adventure


This film follows up on the story of Dieter Dengler, which Herzog had reconstructed in his documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly. Having crashed his plane during the Vietnam war, Dieter is taken prisoner along with other Americans.

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Rescue Dawn Directed by Werner Herzog

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  • anarresti's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    It is interesting to see Herzog in a production like this. He keeps his integrity and is able to do a good, solid film. In his body of work, I do prefer the documentaries and the more experimental (did not want to say poetic, because that adjective does not sound herzogian) films. But this is quite interesting. Herzog is interested in telling the stories, the details that usually are left untold. See where it ends.

  • Nayo Aragón's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    this might be the most hollywood film of herzog. it even has the typical optimistic, hopeful, bombastic orchestral happy ending. despite that, its still a herzog film, a weird film, with his use of wide angle lenses to show the surreality and uneveness of being lost in the jungle. good film.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars, but I've opted for 4 based on the performances alone. Steve Zahn, in particular, surprised me with this dramatic turn. Looking at his emaciated frame, listening to him sigh with desperation, and seeing him cling to Dieter like a helpless child was painfully heart-breaking. I hope to see him in more dramatic roles.

  • Risya's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    I like the movie as an interesting look of one man's journey in war. The movie claimed to be “based on true story” however it is said to be highly inaccurate. I understand, the movie tries to be entertaining but in this case of POW film it should have been handed respectfully with the truth! What these POW went through are too important to be distorted as whatever the Director and the Studio wants it to be.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    Christian Bale proves once again he's the finest actor alive with this incredible performance. The movie was great too, I really thought the way Herzog shot the jungle was fantastic and score was also just incredible. All around highly entertaining and extremely well done with amazing performances, especially from Bale.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    Captures the essence of an epic struggle for survival, Herzog still manages to create unease and tension in what is a conventional American production.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    This is a spectacular film that features stellar performances from Christian Bale and even Steve Zahn. That Steve Zahn is actually a very underrated actor.

  • Syd Buron's rating of the film Rescue Dawn

    I nearly switched off after 20 minutes, but I'm glad I didn't. Terrible at the beginning, but worth sticking with. Although the ending is a bit cheesy too.. so what I'm saying is that it was a good film at some point in the middle! You get the impression that this film was an epic survival for the central actors, and they appeared to give a lot for this film.

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