The Rescue

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

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“The Rescue” is an action-adventure film released in 1988, directed by Ferdinand Fairfax. The movie stars Kevin Dillon, Christine Harnos, and Edward Albert.

The story follows a group of elite U.S. Navy SEALs who are assigned to undertake a daring rescue mission in North Korea. They are tasked with retrieving a group of American civilians, including the daughter of a high-ranking U.S. government official, who have been captured by North Korean forces.

As the SEALs embark on their dangerous mission, they encounter various obstacles and face intense battles against enemy forces. The film features high-octane action sequences, dramatic rescues, and moments of camaraderie among the SEAL team members.

Throughout the movie, the SEALs must rely on their skills, training, and determination to overcome the odds and bring the hostages home safely.

“The Rescue” is a thrilling and suspenseful film that showcases the bravery and expertise of the U.S. Navy SEALs. It combines elements of action, adventure, and military drama to create an exciting and engaging story.

While “The Rescue” received mixed reviews from critics, it has found a following among fans of action films and military-themed movies. The film’s depiction of heroic rescue missions and the portrayal of the SEALs’ courage and selflessness have contributed to its status as a touchstone for viewers seeking adrenaline-pumping and patriotic action movies.

Additional Details


  • Edward Albert: Commander Merrill
  • Ellen Barber: Virginia Phillips
  • Timothy Carhart: Admiral Rothman
  • Anne Curry: Sybil Howard
  • Kevin Dillon: JJ Merril


  • Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
  • Producer: Laura Ziskin
  • Writers: Michael Henderson, Jim Thomas and John Thomas

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