Rescue Dawn ★★★ 2006 (PG-13)
Brutal true survival story of Dieter Dengler, the only American POW to ever escape from a prison camp in the Laotian jungle and return alive to his own side. Director Herzog—who also helmed a documentary version of Dengler's epic experience a decade earlier with “Little Dieter Needs to Fly”—forgoes the flashy effects and plot complications of most modern war films in favor of raw storytelling. Funny guy Zahn is notable in a rare non-comic screen role.125m/C DVD, Blu-ray Disc . Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Evan Jones, Marshall Bell, Zach Grenier, Toby Huss, Abhijati Jusakul, Pat Healy, Galen Yuen, Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat; D: Werner Herzog; W: Werner Herzog; C: Peter Zietleinger; M: Klaus Bartle.