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1,849 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.

Our take

In this dramatic telling of a tremendous true story, Werner Herzog turns the subject of his doc Little Dieter Needs to Fly into a human fight for survival in the jungle’s surreal depths. Christian Bale is a harrowing lead, but the real surprise is Steve Zahn’s manic, career-best performance.

Rescue Dawn Directed by Werner Herzog

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