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
Because of the extremely cold conditions, the cast and crew all had to wear Everest assault suits. See more »
In the scene where the boys have first escaped to the mountains and are discussing possible surrender Jed is attempting to put his hands in closed pockets with no luck. After a quick cut shot we find Jed with his hands magically in his pockets. See more »
[at the execution of Daryl Bates and Stepan Gorsky]
Do you want blindfolds?
This violates the Geneva convention.
I never heard of it!
Dogface! I show you how Soviet dies!
I've seen it before, pal.
[who is tied up in the distance, with the horses]
This isn't happening! Jed, let him go! He was one of us!
Shut up, Danny! Shut up!
He told them where we were!
He did. Now get your rifles.
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »
I saw this movie when I was in college in Colorado Springs, Colorado when it came out in 1984. Many people dismiss this movie at best as either a teen fantasy or at worse as a right-wing maniac's delusional vision of the future. Yes, it is a teen movie, but there's a bit more to it than that. I'm basically writing this for those of you who either weren't born or too young to remember those days. I grew up in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Anything mildly patriotic was regarded in bad taste. So when John Millius and his friends decided to make this patriotic teen movie about resistance fighters fighting invaders from the Evil Empire, he was just tapping into the frustration that many people (including myself) felt at that time. The scene I remember most vividly is the one when Patrick Swazye shoots the young Russian political officer in the Chevy Blazer. The audience consisted mostly of guys from nearby Fort Collins and Peterson AFB, and they gave this scene a standing ovation. In this post 11 September world, it's hard to imagine a time when, during the Cold War, flying the flag or loving your native land made many people think you were either a Nazi or a member of the John Birch Society. Now this film isn't "Seven Days in May" or "Fail-Safe." It's just a movie that was made at a time after we had lost a war and many in the world regarded the USA as a paper tiger. That's all.
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