Rescue Dawn



         I was looking out the window, with my brother... and we see this fighter plane was coming right at us.

             I was not scared. I was mesmerized! Because for me, this pilot was this all-mighty being from

                    the clouds. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be him. I wanted to be one of them.   

                                    I wanted to be a pilot.


Dieter Dengler. a US Navy pilot, is shot down in his A-1 Skyraider over Laos in 1965, while on a combat mission. He survives the crash only to be pursued, and ultimately captured, by a local militia of the Pathet Lao. Dieter is given the chance for leniency if he signs a document condemning America, but he refuses. He is subsequently tortured and taken to a prison camp. There he meets fellow American military members and Air America pilots, some of whom have been captive for years. Dieter begins planning an escape, much to the disbelief of his fellow captives, who have been downtrodden through physical and psychological torture from the camp guards. After years of suffering at the hands of this militia no-one seems keen to even entertain this idea, and he is told in no uncertain terms to forget it.

Eventually however, all the prisoners agree to escape, but they take separate routes through the jungle. Dieter and fellow captive Duane try to reach the Mekong River to cross over into Thailand. The pair are attacked and Duane is beheaded. Eventually, Dieter is rescued by an American helicopter but sequestered in a hospital due to the top secret nature of his mission. He is covertly taken back to his ship by his shipmates, where he is received as a hero by the entire crew.




















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Movie Script

Directed by Werner Herzog
Produced by Elton Brand
Steve Marlton
Written by Werner Herzog
Starring Christian Bale
Steve Zahn
Jeremy Davies
Music by Klaus Badelt
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) 2007
Running time 126 minutes
Language English
Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)



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