Rescue Dawn stars Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. It is written and directed by Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), based on his acclaimed 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film will be released by MGM Pictures on July 4, 2007.
Rescue Dawn recounts the true story of German-born Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), who dreamed of flying. After making his way to the United States, he joined the Navy during the Vietnam War and became a pilot. He was shot down over Laos and captured, but eventually organized a daring escape with a small band of captives.
Composer Klaus Badelt began his musical career writing and producing music for dozens of movies and commercials in his native Germany. Since moving to California at the invitation of Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, he has regularly collaborated with Zimmer and other composers, and penned his own projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
"This may be the first Vietnam-set film in history not to feature a bar of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones or indeed any other rock music on its soundtrack. Instead, apart from Klaus Badelt s keening original score, featuring mournful cellos and piano tones, music used includes Wagnerian opera and other classical compositions. --Variety