Rescue Dawn

Synopsis: In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison.
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: MGM
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

But if they're hot on your trail,

you scrap it.

You scrap anything

that they can use against you.

Now, this is Flight Lieutenant Dengler's

first mission.

Yes, sir.


You're gonna be Spook's

wingman. You think you can handle that?

I could not ask for a better man, sir.

But, please,

- could I ask you a question, sir?

Go ahead.

You know, Spook is such

a goddamn daredevil,

could you please order him not to

try too hard to die for his country,

but rather to let the son-of-a-bitch

on the other side die for his instead?

Okay. All right, boys.

- You all set?

Yes, sir.

Anything else?

No, sir.

- Okay. Let's go, go, go!

Radar Kilo, 6195, position four.

Radar Yankee, 67279,

position two.

- Heads against the wall. Come on.

- Come on, Diet.

Come here.

This is what we would do as kids

when we were out for mischief.

It would keep us out of trouble.

But we would usually pee right now.

- Can we pee?

- I don't really have to.

I'm not gonna.

But this will keep us safe. Okay, fellas?

Stay out of trouble.

Come back in one piece. Good luck.

- Come back, boys.

- You, too.


Boys, get set to change

the altitude again. On my mark.

- Now.

- Roger.

Gentlemen, do you notice

the coastline down there?

Welcome to North Vietnam.

It's pretty boring.

Boys, we got too much

cloud cover.

Climbing again 280 west.

We're heading into Laos.

Target in sight.

Lessard, roll in.


Farkas, roll in.


Dengler, roll in.

Rolling in.

I'm hit. I'm hit!

Dieter, you're losing altitude!

Pull it up!

Dieter, pull up!

Dengler, get out of there!

Dieter, bail out!

Dieter, bail out!

I'm not gonna bail out!

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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