Rescue Dawn
Filmfest 2007

In this $60 million dramatization of Herzog's 1997 documentary, German-born US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is shot down over Laos, captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese Army, and eventually escapes. “Beneath the cover of portraying the generalised horrors of war, the film is more subtly critical of America’s conduct in both the Vietnam War and the current conflict in Iraq. Much is made of the fact that Dengler’s mission over Laos was strictly confidential, that it occurred before the declaration of war, and that American prisoners had been held captive for some years prior to that mission”. Stuart Crawford,

tags: Feature film

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davis, Pat Healy, Evan Jones


Director: Werner Herzog