Rescue Dawn


2h 2007

Brief Synopsis

Dieter Dengler dreamed of flying since his childhood in wartime Germany, which is why he volunteered to become a Navy pilot after his family moved to America. The only place he ever wanted to be was in the sky, but now, on his very first top-secret mission over Laos, his plane is shot down to earth.

Film Details

Also Known As
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Soonthorn Nimsanea
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Thailand

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Dieter Dengler dreamed of flying since his childhood in wartime Germany, which is why he volunteered to become a Navy pilot after his family moved to America. The only place he ever wanted to be was in the sky, but now, on his very first top-secret mission over Laos, his plane is shot down to earth. Trapped in an impassable jungle far from U.S. control, Dengler is soon captured by notoriously dangerous Pathet Lao soldiers. Though he quickly realizes he is in the most terrifying and vulnerable of circumstances, he refuses to give an inch. After a shocking initial ordeal, he is taken to a small Laotian prison camp, where he meets two American soldiers already held captive for a stultifying two years--both nearly broken in spirit. Duane can only recommend keeping quiet to stay alive, while the barely sane "Gene from Eugene" insists they are all about to be released any minute now. But Dengler has no intention of sticking around the nightmarish camp, so he begins to dream up an escape plan that takes his fellow prisoners by surprise with its savvy and audacity. Dengler doesn't even know where he is--but he knows with unwavering certainty that he must not stop fighting for his life. As he makes his way into the jungle, his journey will never let up, as it takes him from the bonds of fraternity to the brink of despair, to one of the most remarkable rescues in modern history.

Crew

Matt Adler

Looping Coordinator

Marc Albanese

Production Accountant

David Alexander

Visual Effects

Steve Alterman

Looping Coordinator

Piyanit Anthawat

Set Production Assistant

Go Aoyama

Visual Effects

Pramoth Assakul

Props

Narimon Atibaed

Production Manager

Chris Atkinson

Boom Operator

Peter Austin

Supervising Sound Editor

Klaus Badelt

Original Music

Robert D Bailey

Consultant

Ken Bazal

Assistant Camera

Mike Becker

Software Engineer

Eyde Belasco

Casting Director

Joe Bini

Editor

Beau Bonneau

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Piyapong Boondachai

Grip

Peerapol Boonruangkao

Electrician

Freddy Braidy

Executive Producer

Elton Brand

Producer

Tim Brenenstuhl

Assistant Director

Che Brooks

Avid Editor

Christopher S Brooks

Music Producer

Andy Brown

Music Conductor

Chatanun Buachan

Driver

Jamie Bukowski

Assistant

Kris Burton

Music Engineer

Christopher Byers

Key Grip

Glenn Campbell

Visual Effects

Chris Carnel

Stunt Coordinator

Edward C Carr

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Mitch Carter

Casting

Daecha Chainok

Rigging Gaffer

Kevin Chaja

Software Engineer

Kampanart Chantasirisarn

Location Assistant

Sunny Chayes

Costume Supervisor

Sitthi Chemugsorn

Assistant Camera

Somchai Chinsirikul

Props Buyer

Kevin Chisnall

Props

Sompot Chitgasompongse

Other

Taweerat Chokechaipermpoonpol

Other

James Chu

Visual Effects

Wallop Chuachulak

Swing Gang

Suthep Chubsri

Rigging Grip

Wichit Chuchuan

On-Set Dresser

Pornthep Chuenchulak

Swing Gang

Tanapol Chuksrida

Other

Surachate Chuman

Driver

Sakorn Chutcha

Driver

Manachai Chuthom

Rigging Grip

Manachai Chutom

Rigging Grip

Tom Clancy

Visual Effects

Baoan Coleman

Looping Coordinator

Tanya Cookingham

Makeup Artist

Andrea Cooper

Costumer

Erik Courtney

Rotoscope Animator

Jirada Dairoekngam

Seamstress Supervisor

Caroline Dale

Music

Boonchai Dananuphan

Pilot

Panupong Dangdej

Coordinator

Jimmy De Brabant

Executive Producer

Pongkarn Deeboonmee

Grip

Ryan Delk

Assistant Editor

Darrin Denlinger

Storyboard Artist

Daphne Dentz

Visual Effects Producer

Karina Desin

Software Engineer

Mark Dinicola

Colorist

Anna Dinuovo

Visual Effects Producer

Ron Don

Location Assistant

Jason Donnelly

Animator

Michael Dounaev

Executive Producer

Moosie Drier

Looping Coordinator

Annie Dunn

Costume Designer

Craig Eastman

Music

Robert Elhai

Original Music

Amornwitz Em-eam

Unit Manager Assistant

Steffan Falesitch

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Marc Fisher

Titles

Catherine Flynn

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Karyn Foster

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Paula Frankel

Script Supervisor

Vic Fraser

Music

Florian Fricke

Song

Ryan Gardner

Avid Editor

Chai Geeta

Driver

Prapas Geeta

Driver

Bob Gill

Visual Effects

Jen Gillaspy

Assistant Editor

Herbert Golder

Archival Footage

Eric Gotthelf

Adr Mixer

Todd Grace

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Heidi Graham

Visual Effects

Christopher Grandell

Compositing Supervisor

Gerald Green

Executive Producer

Sophia Green

Wardrobe

Charles W Hamilton

Rerecording

Dave Hartley

Music

Maya Hawke

Assistant Editor

Ricky S Hayner

Visual Effects

Bernd Heinl

Director Of Photography

Wimol Hengmee

Painter

Lena Herzog

Photography

Werner Herzog

Producer

Werner Herzog

Screenplay

Mildred Hill

Song

Patty Hill

Song

Prawit Hinkvang

Electrician

Owen Holdren

Visual Effects

Ian Honeyman

Music Arranger

Adam Howarth

Special Effects Supervisor

Kanchanok Hunhaboon

Pilot

Chanate Intarachub

Assistant Camera

Chanate Intarachub

Loader

Chayuti Janrakangtong

Casting Assistant

Danai Jansomwong

Gaffer

Payu Jansri

Electrician

Noppadol Jatukamnon

Transportation Manager

Glen P Jeep

Other

Supachayawat Jiracherdnapaporn

Swing Gang

Kristin Johnson

Compositing Supervisor

Rundon Jundee

Driver

Preeda Junsomdee

Carpenter

Abhijati Jusakul

Assistant Director

Apinan Kabklangdon

Rigging Grip

Sitthipong Kaewmarach

Grip

Pongsak Kaewmookda

Rigging Grip

Kim K. Kahana Jr.

Stunt Double

Amnaj Kamjadpai

Rigging Grip

Aud Kardsanikam

Location Manager

Ittipol Kaweprapurt

Special Effects Technician

Sutan Kawinram

Carpenter

Po Ketkorn

Special Effects Technician

Waraporn Kheawnonchai

Wardrobe Supervisor

Patkasem Kijsanglong

Rigging Grip

Scott Kinsey

Sound Mixer

Apichart Kladklawdee

Rigging Grip

Robyn Klein

Associate Producer

Harry Knapp

Assistant Director

Harry Knapp

Producer

Harry Knapp

Unit Director

Yoshio Kohashi

Visual Effects

Phanuwat Kongkarat

Grip

Pleon Kraipetch

Driver

Stephen Krause

Music Scoring Mixer

Song Kruanklang

Driver

Anun Kumbangprai

Driver

Somkid Kumsawat

Rigging Grip

Kathleen Largay

Film Lab

Ann Lee

Assistant Camera

Bang Lek

Driver

Susanna Lenton

Script Supervisor

Nathon S Lewis

Assistant

Ken Locsmandi

Cg Supervisor

Siripong Lowsuwan

Pilot

Maeve Mannion

Production Accountant

Steve Marlton

Producer

Scrap Marshall

Music Engineer

Peter Mayer

Set Decorator

R J Mccasland

Makeup Artist

Don L Mccoy

Visual Effects

Stephen Mclaughlin

Score Recording

Reg Metcalf

Camera Operator

Marc Meyer

Sound Effects Editor

Gino S Mifsud

Best Boy Grip

Michael W. Mitchell

Sound Effects Editor

Somchai Mittjarem

Electrician

Santipab Moonkawe

Special Effects Technician

Sarawut Moonpol

Special Effects Technician

Thanayuth Muhammad

Electrician

Prayoot Mupung

Driver

Anusorn Musicabutr

Assistant Art Director

Bunjong Na Rairum

Driver

Kami Naghdi

Executive Producer

Vachilapan Nakata

Assistant Camera

Wachirapan Nakata

Assistant Camera

Mana Namvijit

Key Rigging Grip

Anuchart Namwong

Driver

Nick Newell

Assistant Director

Nukool Nhurod

Assistant Director

Janette Nielsen

Makeup Artist

Soonthorn Nimsanea

Cable Operator

Shannon Noble

Compositing Supervisor

Sanoh Noomkamnerd

Carpenter

Krit Nuansri

Special Effects

Wiroj Nuansri

Special Effects Technician

Suwicha Numkumnerd

Carpenter

Thomas J. O'connell

Adr Mixer

Conor O'sullivan

Special Makeup Effects

Nonjuree Obsuwan

Art Department Coordinator

Adam Ohl

Visual Effects Producer

Watcharachai Panichsuk

Visual Effects Supervisor

Paul Paragon

Sound Mixer

Jarin Pengpanitch

Assistant Camera

Zak Penn

Other

Brandon Perlow

Visual Effects

Jay Petach

Adr Mixer

Sakarin Petchdee

Property Master

Sonny Pettijohn

Assistant Editor

Prasant Phetpong

Construction Manager

Film Details

Also Known As
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Soonthorn Nimsanea
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Thailand

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 4, 2007

Expanded Release in United States July 13, 2007

Released in United States on Video November 20, 2007

Released in United States 2007

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Maestros: Kings & Aces) January 24-February 4, 2007.

Based on Werner Herzog's documentary "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" (Germany/1997).

Hans Zimmer previously attached to produce through his company Media Ventures.

Released in United States Summer July 4, 2007 (NY, LA)

Expanded Release in United States July 13, 2007

Released in United States on Video November 20, 2007

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 17-November 1, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Maestros: Kings & Aces) January 24-February 4, 2007.)