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


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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ten Soldiers  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Around three years after this film was first made and released, Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze would later headline the movie Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »


When they first veer off-road to avoid an enemy roadblock, Jed's truck tires squeal as he comes to a stop on a grassy hill. See more »


Jed Eckert: How did you get shot down, Colonel?
Col. Andy Tanner: It was five to one. I got four.
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »


Remade as Red Dawn (2012) See more »

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Great Flick
2 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a Russian American I found myself switching allegiances during this movie. I must say I loved this flick. I've always been fascinated with the cold war, and the what if scenarios. If you can relate, then this movie is a must see. I thought this movie showed a very strong human side to the realities of a partisan's life, and I believe it was fair. It wasn't an American Rambo, where one man takes down a whole Soviet battalion. No it was a powerful story of what people must conform to in order to deal with the outcome of invasion of ones motherland, and how people, the ordinary person deals with this reality and how they're transformed by it. The United States has never been invaded, and I found this film to be a great prediction of how if an invasion ever took place the American people would fight to the bitter end if they had to. In a way these partisans reminded me of the Soviet partisans of WW2, and how they fought on. This is a great movie which is not overdone, but is very realistic, and fair. The acting is not brilliant, but is good, and the whole movie works. I absolutely loved it!

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