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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren Dalton ...
Doug Toby ...
Vladek Sheybal ...
Mr. Teasdale


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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. . . . A Gang of high-school kids become the last line of defence. See more »


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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Ten Soldiers  »

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1.85 : 1
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The original trailer, on the laserdisc release, includes a scene with a tank rolling up to a McDonald's where enemy soldiers are eating. The scene does not appear in the final cut, and was likely removed due to a mass murder at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, CA, weeks before the film opened. See more »


In the beginning when the soldier fires into the classroom, the children can all be seen ducking underneath the window, and nobody remains standing. In the next shot from inside the classroom, one boy can be seen upright and leaning through a broken window, having been shot. See more »


[Robert sawing off a shotgun]
Danny: They were people!
Robert: Yeah, well, so was my dad.
Aardvark: What was it like?
[Robert stops sawing]
Robert: It was good.
[Robert resumes sawing]
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »


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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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