Rescue Dawn (12A)

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Soldiers of misfortune: Bale, right, and Zahn wait for the right moment.

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Time Out says

Fri Oct 12 2007

Werner Herzog’s latest is another trial by ordeal, and a further chapter in his ongoing muddying of the borders between documentary and feature filmmaking. ‘Rescue Dawn’ is a pretty straight dramatic account of the real-life story of Dieter Dengler, a German-born US Navy pilot who was shot down over Laos in 1966. Herzog has already told the story of the truly hellish three weeks that followed, in the 1997 doc ‘Little Dieter Needs to Fly’; here Christian Bale does justice to the palpable life-force that Dengler showed in that film. It’s one of Herzog’s smaller features, but visceral, transporting and laced with quiet ironies.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 23, 2007

Duration:

125 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Christian Bale, Jeremy Davies, Steve Zahn

Cinematography:

Peter Zeitlinger

Editor:

Joe Bini

Producer:

Harry Knapp, Elton Brand, Steve Marlton

Screenwriter:

Werner Herzog

Director:

Werner Herzog

Music:

Klaus Badelt

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Interesting what John Badger has to say about the walk-outs. I saw film at a matinee screening along with 3 other couples, 2 of whom walked out. The film does drag somewhat during the middle section but overall I found it absorbing, believable and, oddly, quite humourous. Hated the ending, though, which seemed as though it belonged to another movie.

Carl Barton

This is outstanding, ok the crash landing is not entirely convincing, but from then on the film grips you and doesn't let go. Christian Bale leads an exceptional cast in what is a quietly brilliant movie.