Real-life story of a US fighter pilot Dengler, shot down and captured during the Vietnam War. Christian Bale as Dengler, plans a death-defying escape.
**Commentary by Director Werner Herzog and Interviewer Norman Hill
**Trailers: MGM Means Great Movies, The Flying Scotsman
**The Making of The True Story
Cast & Crew
Rescue Dawn may not feel much like a Herzog movie, but it's a gripping real-life thriller.
But just as exciting -- maybe even more so, for those who love the medium and, especially, the uplift of the great-escape genre -- Rescue Dawn is a triumphant Werner Herzog movie.
Herzog builds this movie around another strong, eccentric performance from Bale, who is gaining a reputation for outsized talent and for downsized physicality.
It's easy to understand why Herzog was driven to tell this story twice.
Takes what could have been a mundane if well-made war story into something greater -- more harrowing, more hungry and more human.
The performances here are as excellent as they are unnerving.
... everything about Rescue Dawn feels real ...