The Rescue (1988)

PG | 98 mins | Adventure, Drama | 5 August 1988

Director:

Ferdinand Fairfax

Producer:

Laura Ziskin

Cinematographer:

Russell Boyd

Production Designer:

Maurice Cain

Production Companies:

Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III
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HISTORY

The following written and narrated prologue precedes opening credits: “In 1953 the Korean War ended. No official peace treaty was ever signed between the Communist North and the Democratic South. Since then a fragile peace has been maintained by the United Nations and the U.S. military bases along the border between the two countries. Today these bases are home to U.S. servicemen and their families. It’s life on 24 hour alert--ready for any incident that could re-ignite the war …”
       Referring to the picture as Seal Kids, the 12 Dec 1986 HR reported that principal photography had been scheduled to begin in Oct 1986 in Australia. However, negotiations “broke down” after Australia’s Actors Equity union insisted that their members be paid the equivalent to U.S. Screen Actors Guild rates. Filming was later moved to New Zealand, where the New Zealand Actors Equity union also insisted that their members receive the same rate as paid by the Screen Actors Guild, according to the 10 Feb 1987 HR.
       Principal photography began on 13 Apr 1987, as announced in the 16 Apr 1987 DV production chart. Production notes in AMPAS library files state that filming took place in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. Although the 12 Dec 1986 HR noted the budget as $8 million, the 24 Jun 1987 Var cited $14.5 million in production costs.
       News items in the 5 Jan 1987 DV and 4 Mar 1987 Var listed Mark Tarlov as the film’s producer, but Tarlov is not credited onscreen. Screenwriter Michael Burton ... More Less

The following written and narrated prologue precedes opening credits: “In 1953 the Korean War ended. No official peace treaty was ever signed between the Communist North and the Democratic South. Since then a fragile peace has been maintained by the United Nations and the U.S. military bases along the border between the two countries. Today these bases are home to U.S. servicemen and their families. It’s life on 24 hour alert--ready for any incident that could re-ignite the war …”
       Referring to the picture as Seal Kids, the 12 Dec 1986 HR reported that principal photography had been scheduled to begin in Oct 1986 in Australia. However, negotiations “broke down” after Australia’s Actors Equity union insisted that their members be paid the equivalent to U.S. Screen Actors Guild rates. Filming was later moved to New Zealand, where the New Zealand Actors Equity union also insisted that their members receive the same rate as paid by the Screen Actors Guild, according to the 10 Feb 1987 HR.
       Principal photography began on 13 Apr 1987, as announced in the 16 Apr 1987 DV production chart. Production notes in AMPAS library files state that filming took place in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. Although the 12 Dec 1986 HR noted the budget as $8 million, the 24 Jun 1987 Var cited $14.5 million in production costs.
       News items in the 5 Jan 1987 DV and 4 Mar 1987 Var listed Mark Tarlov as the film’s producer, but Tarlov is not credited onscreen. Screenwriter Michael Burton was reported in a press release dated 16 Jul 1987 to be attached to the picture, but he did not receive an onscreen credit.
       According to the 5 Jan 1987 DV, additional working titles for the film included Seals and Operation Phoenix.
       A preview screening was held on 1 Aug 1988 at the Avco Cinema Center in Westwood, CA, press materials report.
       Four days after the picture’s 5 Aug 1988 release, the 9 Aug 1988 LAT announced that The Rescue took in approximately $2.2 million from 1,275 screens.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks To: The Royal New Zealand Air Force; the governments of New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau; Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd.; RNZAF Squadron Leader Alan Deal; Fred and Michelle; Sarge;” and, “Filmed entirely on location in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Macau.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Jan 1987
p. 20.
Daily Variety
16 Apr 1987
p. 16.
Daily Variety
23 Apr 1987
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 1986
p. 1, 40.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 1987
p. 1, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 1988
p. 3, 43.
Los Angeles Times
5 Aug 1988
Calendar, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
9 Aug 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
New York Times
5 Aug 1988
Section C, p. 9.
Variety
4 Mar 1987
p. 46.
Variety
24 Jun 1987
p. 49.
Variety
10 Aug 1988
pp. 12-13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Pictures Presents
In Association With Silver Screen Partners III
A Laura Ziskin Production
A Ferdinand Fairfax Film
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
Prod mgr, Aerial unit
Prod mgr, Hong Kong unit
Prod mgr, Hong Kong unit
1st asst dir, Hong Kong unit
2d asst dir, Hong Kong unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
Supv prod
Supv prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
2d cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Stills photog
Key grip
Best boy
Cont
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Cam op, Aerial unit
Cont, Aerial unit
Freefall cam, Aerial unit
Cam op, Aerial unit
1st asst cam, Aerial unit
1st asst cam, Aerial unit
Cam op, Underwater unit
Cam asst, Underwater unit
Key grip, Hong Kong unit
Gaffer, Hong Kong unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Supv art dir
Supv art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Ed consultant
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop buyer
Standby prop man
Standby prop man
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Lead costumer, Hong Kong unit
MUSIC
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Sr spec eff tech
Main title des
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Chief makeup artist
Makeup artist
Chief hairdresser
Hairdresser
Makeup artist, Hong Kong unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting, New York
Casting, New Zealand
Casting, Hong Kong
Loc mgr
Loc mgr, New Zealand
Armourer
Action vehicle coord
Boat coord
Prod coord
Transport mgr
Unit pub
Dial coach
Prod accountant
Atmosphere casting
Asst to Mr. Fairfax
Asst to Mr. Fairfax
Asst to Ms. Ziskin
Asst to Ms. Ziskin
Unit mgr, 2d unit
Aerial supv, Aerial unit
Aerial coord/Pilot, Aerial unit
Parachute coord, Aerial unit
Bristol pilot, Aerial unit
Prod coord, Aerial unit
Aircraft eng, Aerial unit
Prod coord, Hong Kong unit
Smuggler boats provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord-New Zealand
Stunt double
Stunt man
Stunt man
Stunt man
Stunt man
Stunt man
Stuntman, Aerial unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
“Take A Better Look At Yourself,” written and performed by Kevin Dever and Dale Chadwick
“Living In The City,” written and performed by Gary Mallaber and Glen Sherba
“Sweet Little Sixteen,” written and performed by Chuck Berry, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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SONGS
“Take A Better Look At Yourself,” written and performed by Kevin Dever and Dale Chadwick
“Living In The City,” written and performed by Gary Mallaber and Glen Sherba
“Sweet Little Sixteen,” written and performed by Chuck Berry, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
“Arrow Thru My Heart,” written by Mike Piccirillo and Gary Goetzman, performed by Jimmy Demers.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Seals
Seal Kids
Operation Phoenix
Release Date:
5 August 1988
Premiere Information:
Invitation screening at Avco Cinema Center in Westwood, CA: 1 August 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 5 August 1988
Production Date:
began 13 April 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Pictures, a. a. d. o. the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
8 August 1988
Copyright Number:
PA372860
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Metrocolor®
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

U.S. Navy SEALs, Commander Howard, Commander Merrill, and Lieutenant Phillips, are sent to South Korea to assist a disabled U.S. submarine near the waters of North Korea. Arriving at the site, the SEALs plants explosives to destroy the submarine and prevent it from getting into enemy hands. However, as the charges go off, a helicopter with North Korean soldiers appears and takes the men into custody. News of the capture is reported on television, stating that the men have been charged with espionage and will be executed if found guilty. After hearing the reports, Cdr. Howard’s oldest son, Shawn, and Lt. Phillips’s daughter, Adrian, worry about their fathers. Their friend Max Rothman, Adm. Rothman’s son, tells them he overheard that a rescue mission would soon be discussed by Gates, the Secretary of State. Max plants a listening device inside the meeting room, and learns that the proposed mission, “Operation Phoenix,” would involve a team sneaking into North Korea during the North Korean Workers’ Festival, and rescuing the SEAL team with the assistance of South Korean intelligence operative, Colonel Kim Song. However, fearing that any rescue attempt would anger the North Korean government, Secretary Gates rejects the plan. When Adrian and the other offspring tell Cdr. Merrill’s son, J. J., about the aborted mission, J. J. suggests they take on the mission themselves. As the teenagers discuss their plan, Shawn’s younger brother, Bobby, overhears them. With Max’s help, the plans for Operation Phoenix are taken from Adm. Rothman’s office. The teens arrive in Seoul, South Korea, and look for a motorboat to get them into North Korea. While ... +


U.S. Navy SEALs, Commander Howard, Commander Merrill, and Lieutenant Phillips, are sent to South Korea to assist a disabled U.S. submarine near the waters of North Korea. Arriving at the site, the SEALs plants explosives to destroy the submarine and prevent it from getting into enemy hands. However, as the charges go off, a helicopter with North Korean soldiers appears and takes the men into custody. News of the capture is reported on television, stating that the men have been charged with espionage and will be executed if found guilty. After hearing the reports, Cdr. Howard’s oldest son, Shawn, and Lt. Phillips’s daughter, Adrian, worry about their fathers. Their friend Max Rothman, Adm. Rothman’s son, tells them he overheard that a rescue mission would soon be discussed by Gates, the Secretary of State. Max plants a listening device inside the meeting room, and learns that the proposed mission, “Operation Phoenix,” would involve a team sneaking into North Korea during the North Korean Workers’ Festival, and rescuing the SEAL team with the assistance of South Korean intelligence operative, Colonel Kim Song. However, fearing that any rescue attempt would anger the North Korean government, Secretary Gates rejects the plan. When Adrian and the other offspring tell Cdr. Merrill’s son, J. J., about the aborted mission, J. J. suggests they take on the mission themselves. As the teenagers discuss their plan, Shawn’s younger brother, Bobby, overhears them. With Max’s help, the plans for Operation Phoenix are taken from Adm. Rothman’s office. The teens arrive in Seoul, South Korea, and look for a motorboat to get them into North Korea. While J. J. and Shawn steal a boat, Max finds Bobby following them, and they bring him along. Following the mission plan, they travel the San River, but are seen by North Korean soldiers. Shawn evades their capture, but their boat runs out of fuel. Disguised as fishermen, the group arrives at the village of Sang-ri to meet Kim Song. Although Song is impressed by their bravery to rescue their fathers, he informs them that he was ordered by Adm. Rothman to return them home. Refusing to give up, the group continues with the mission and sneaks into the prison where their fathers are being held, via an underground well. Max, J. J. and Shawn take a supply of fireworks, they find to be ignited later as a distraction. J. J. dresses as a North Korean soldier and goes into the American’s cellblock, but is attacked by a guard. Seeing his son in trouble, Cdr. Merrill reaches through his cell bars and breaks the soldier’s neck. After freeing the SEAL team, J. J. signals Shawn to light the fireworks. The North Korean soldiers run from the exploding fireworks, as Kim Song appears and helps the Americans escape. Arriving at an airfield, they board a carrier plane, and Cdr. Phillips pilots it toward South Korea. They receive clearance to land at the U.S. naval base, but their plane runs out of fuel. However, Phillips lands safely, and J. J., Adrian, Shawn, Bobby, Max and the SEALs are welcomed back as heroes. +

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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