Rescue Dawn

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MGM / Top Gun Productions Released 2007

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Director:
Werner Herzog
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

Based on the true story of an American pilot, Dieter Dengler is shot down during a top-secret mission to destroy Viet Cong strongholds in Laos at the beginning of the Vietnam War. Taken hostage, he endures unimaginable conditions at the hands of cruel captors in a makeshift POW camp. Dengler's iron will to survive guides him and fellow prisoners in a meticulously planned, death-defying escape, only to discover the harsh realities of an unforgiving jungle beyond the camps walls.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Aside from a riveting adventure story that Herzog tells in all of its terrifying, stripped-down simplicity, Rescue Dawn is a fascinating study of human particularity.

  • 80

    Variety

    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 Jim...

  • 70

    The New York Times

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

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    • Production budget - $10,000,000
      Domestic gross - $5,490,423 (178th)
      Worldwide gross - $7,177,143 (227th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $6,839,977
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $8,941,296

    • Filming locations:
      Thailand
      Alameda, California
      Oakland, California

    • Taglines:
      1. A true story of survival... declassified.
      2. Based on the extraordinary true story of one man's fight for freedom .
      3. This summer experience the incredible true story of one man's fight for freedom.

    • Music:
      Martial Crisis
      Composed by Jack Shaindlin
      Mantram der Erdberuhung II
      ("Mantra of the Touching Heart")
      Performed by Popol Vuh
      Written by Florian Fricke
      Dangerous Games
      Performed by Ernst Reijseger (as Ernst Reijseger) (Solo)
      Double 2 Bows
      Performed by Frances-Marie Uitti
      River in the Rain
      Performed by Ernst Reijseger (Trio)
      Alleluja
      (from "Three Latin Hymns")
      Performed by Frances-Marie Uitti
      Monsoon
      Performed by Ernst Reijseger (Solo)
      Voice from Another World
      Performed by Ernst Reijseger (Trio)
      Phantom of the Night
      Performed by Ernst Reijseger (Solo)
      Happy Birthday to You
      Written by Mildred J. Hill, Patty S. Hill

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