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Red Dawn (1984)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  10 August 1984 (USA)
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It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

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From out of the sky, Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroopers have attacked the school and sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows, the teens struggle to survive the bitter winter and the Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them. Eventually, trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon they will wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops-under the banner of 'Wolverines!' Written by Derek O'Cain

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In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil. Until now. See more »

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Ten Soldiers  »

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The Russians track the partisans with some sort of electronic beeping box, which is supposed to be a radio direction finder. In closeups, it's an impedance (AC resistance) meter. There are two dials and a label that says "X=(up) x (down) (omega)", which means "impedance is lower dial times upper dial in ohms". Even if the meter had anything to do with radio, twisty wire between the terminals would be useless as an RDF antenna. See more »

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Darryl Bates: [he and the other Wolverines are gathering food, weapons and survival equipment from Robert Morris's father's store] And grab some toilet paper; I ain't gonna use no leaves.
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Red Yawn
22 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Old-school Cold War propaganda piece which does a fine job of hitting the ground running, yet forgets to pause for breath long enough to let the characters breathe. As a result of that, and the rather choppy transitions between scenes, this film has the feel of an aborted TV miniseries sliced and spliced into a cinematic clip show. The crew probably should've gone the route of the then-popular invasion series V instead: it would've done the plotting and characterisation wonders!

Nice concept; clumsy execution. Maybe the remake'll rectify the flaws of its father. A fractured mess of a movie that failed to engage me as fully as I thought it would.


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