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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 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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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

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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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Trivia

Near the end of the movie Jed and Matt climb onto a flatcar that slowly moving in order to escape. The car contains 2 small anti-tank guns. Both of these guns are from WW II and although different in appearance, both are 37mm in caliber. The one with the flat rectangular shield is an American M3 and the one with the sloped shield is a German Pak 36. See more »

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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

Toni: [her dying words, to Jed] Go on ahead. I'm just gonna stay here and listen to the wind a while, okay?
[He gives her a grenade, pulls the pin for her and kisses her goodbye; she then rigs herself as a boobytrap]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri (2004) See more »

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Ditto that !
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Far Off Gone' is right on with that summary.

As a teen when this movie came out, us kids had grown up with Cold War news every night on TV. All these ICBMs being made, the 'Star Wars' defense initiative (SDI), even movies like 'War Games' contributed to a overall climate of concern about Russian/USA relations.

Then this movie hit theaters and us teens and younger adults felt we weren't so powerless after all. I can only speak for myself, but the opening scene was very sobering to a 18 year old kid who could relate to the dumbfounded kids in the classroom watching Soviet paratroopers hitting the schoolyard. I guess its one of those things where you had to be at the age and grown up in that era to really understand how the movie was received for its time.

The cast is chock full of stars in their younger years, and acting isn't bad either. Great movie and certainly worth watching at least once.


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