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
. . . . A Gang of high-school kids become the last line of defence.
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Did You Know?
In the film, Toni (Jennifer Grey) sneaks into town and blows up the "Soviet-American Friendship Center." The real life National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (NCASF), a left-wing organization composed of Soviet and communist sympathizers, angrily denounced "Red Dawn" as paranoid and militarist. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, the NCASF, whose last president was prominent character actor John Randolph, disbanded. See more
After the first Wolverines attack montage, the "dead" soldiers in body bags are breathing; the plastic clearly rises and falls. See more
[inscription on a bronze statue in front of Calumet High School
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat."
None of the actors are in the opening credits See more