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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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A full scale military invasion by foreign troops begins. Total surprise. Almost total success . . . . See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Ten Soldiers  »

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Trivia

The submachine gun Strelnikov uses near the end of the film is a Finnish-made Jati-matic GG-95 PDW. About 400 were manufactured in the mid-1980s. See more »

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The Colonel empties his 45 while standing on top of the tank. It continues to fire after the slide has locked back. See more »

Quotes

Jed Eckert: [at the execution of Daryl Bates and Stepan Gorsky] Do you want blindfolds?
Stepan Gorsky: This violates the Geneva convention.
Jed Eckert: I never heard of it!
Stepan Gorsky: Dogface! I show you how Soviet dies!
Robert: I've seen it before, pal.
Danny: [who is tied up in the distance, with the horses] This isn't happening! Jed, let him go! He was one of us!
Jed Eckert: Shut up, Danny! Shut up!
Robert: He told them where we were!
Jed Eckert: He did. Now get your rifles.
Matt Eckert: *No!*
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The rarest of Hollywood film types: visionary propaganda
22 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films you are either going to love or hate. I find it difficult to believe anyone would be neutral regarding it. For Hollywood to have even attempted such a thing is astonishing and that it holds up even today (change a few names here and there and the present world emerges) is a testament to the thought and talent of all the people involved in depicting such a future war. The cast is outstanding, the writing is clear and believable (the film is essentially an abbreviated re-telling of what happened in Russia during the German invasion), the theme strong and compelling. Or you can take it as a Cold War artifact, done five years before the entire Eastern Bloc started to unravel. But however you approach the film, it gives you a lot of think about.


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