Source: Catholic News Service
Uplifting film salutes the valor of rank-and-file military personnel by chronicling the real-life ordeal of German-born U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), who was shot down over Laos in 1966 and taken prisoner by soldiers allied with the North Vietnamese. Without hyperbole of any kind, German writer-director Werner Herzog presents a vivid, lyrical portrait of a courageous and compassionate man whose dream of becoming an aviator led him to America and then to the forbidding jungles of war-torn Southeast Asia. Powerful but nongraphic scenes of violence and torture, some crude language and profanity, some locker-room-style banter and scatological references appropriate to the context. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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