THIS is the amazing real-life story of German-born US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) – said to be the only American ever to break out of a PoW camp during the Vietnam War. Dengler’s plane crashes while he is on a mission flying over Laos during the Vietnam War, and there’s not much that […]
A shockingly thin CHRISTIAN BALE dressed in a military Air Force uniform emerges from the foliage. Bale I’ve got to get back to respectable acting. I mean back to my unit. Audience Member #1 Wow. He’s so thin and desperate looking he must be doing great acting. Bale I’ve been shot down in the middle […]
“Rescue Dawn” is a wartime drama in the tradition of “The Great Escape,” but updated 20 years or more to the Vietnam War. At first it seems ironic that a German wrote a story of American fortitude and courage, but there are some similarities between writer-director Werner Herzog and U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler.
Christian Bale Delivers Again as POW in Vietnam War Saga of Survival Dieter Dengler (1938-2001) was born in the Black Forest region of Germany where, as a young boy, he watched Allied planes fly over his hometown during World War II. This whetted in him a desire to become a pilot, but by the time […]
Nature is a scary, intimidating place in director Werner Herzog’s world. In “Aguirre: The Wrath of God” a conquistador descends into madness as he slogs through the impenetrable Amazon jungle. In “Fitzcarraldo” a 19th-century visionary hauls a huge riverboat up and over a mountain. In “Grizzy Man” a self-proclaimed wildlife expert cozies up to Alaskan […]
The Vietnam War has taken many forms in the movies — but most of the big, memorable versions like “The Deer Hunter” and “Apocalypse Now” cast it in a mythic light meant to illuminate larger questions. The excellent film “Rescue Dawn,” about a man’s struggle to escape a prison camp, is in some ways simpler. […]