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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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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Jed
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Darren Dalton ...
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Doug Toby ...
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Mr. Teasdale
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Storyline

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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The invading armies planned for everything - except for eight kids called "The Wolverines." See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Ten Soldiers  »

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$4,200,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emilio Estevez was originally cast as Jed but had to drop out due to other filming commitments See more »

Goofs

Right after the invasion, a dead man lies behind his truck in pool of blood, with two empty shell casings from his Colt 1911A1. When the Russian paratrooper picks up the pistol, the hammer is in the fired position, and the slide is locked forward. If he'd fired the pistol, the hammer would be locked back, ready to fire, or the slide would be locked back, denoting that the pistol is empty. It's possible that the primer failed to ignite when the gun was fired, which would explain the dropped hammer and engaged slide. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Ernesto Bella: [in the now-occupied Calumet, Colorado] It would seem necessary to win the support of the people. As our opponents used to say in Vietnam: "Win their hearts and minds."
General Bratchenko: And they lost, Ernesto... Morale is crucial right now. Keep the men in the secured areas. You'll see how they forget about these "Wolverines."
Colonel Ernesto Bella: [Toni blows up a nearby "Soviet-American Friendship Center."] You were saying, Comrade?
General Bratchenko: Oh, shut up!
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »

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Referenced in Trip & Sloan (2007) See more »

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Misunderstood? What's to misunderstand?
24 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well, I cant honestly say this movie evoked any sort of political argument or emotive response from myself, unlike a lot of some of the reviewers on here (in fact a few seem to have taken the film or its reviews as a personal affront!). The film was an entertaining, nostalgic and highly commercial action movie from a time past.....and on a base level I just plain enjoyed it. It made me smile! The trailer reminded me of a video game called Freedom Fighters (set in New York, you play the part of a plumber leading a resistance force against a Russian invasion) which I had enjoyed too, i liked the premise, so my flatmates and I (2 English, 1 Irish and 1 American) sat through the movie last night. Once the giggles from the girls had subsided (yes Swayze and Sheen look like babies and have not aged too well!) the opening parachute invasion got quite a buzz. Handled clumsily and probably with an extremely limited budget it took a good 20 minutes for the B-movie ethic to settle in, but once over that the premise really started to work, and you could actually begin to empathise with the kids in their situation. The story became a bit strung out in places, the action was cardboardy and basic and the acting was...well....not there really, but I don't think that was down to a lack of talent. But it hung together, and we all enjoyed it. Where peoples readings of political messages come from I have no idea. I understand that America has it's extremists who hide in the mountains, stash mountains of weapons and food for just such an event, but the movie certainly doesn't satirise them. The joke in the film of the NRA bumper sticker and the dead guys "cold, dead hand" falls flat if it was intended as a purposeful message and therefore seems more to be an attempt at acknowledging the certain irony of such events in the states. The rhetoric of the kids in their internal arguments is hollow and situational, not political, and just about manage to hold some water. The movie is and was just a great "what if.....?" and an amusing 80's Hollywood schtick action movie, no more, no less. If a backstory of a continued Cold War was introduced I can well see this being ripe for a remake, and perhaps then you can apply your knee-jerk reactionary theories to it with more basis then...who know?


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