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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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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Doug Toby ...
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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 Gang of high-school kids become the last line of defence. See more »


Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ten Soldiers  »

Box Office


$4,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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C. Thomas Howell had been a rodeo cowboy. He helped teach the rest of the cast to ride horses. See more »


Right after the invasion, a dead man lies behind his truck in pool of blood, with two empty shell casings from his Colt 1911A1. When the Russian paratrooper picks up the pistol, the hammer is in the fired position, and the slide is locked forward. If he'd fired the pistol, the hammer would be locked back, ready to fire, or the slide would be locked back, denoting that the pistol is empty. It's possible that the primer failed to ignite when the gun was fired, which would explain the dropped hammer and engaged slide. See more »


Colonel Ernesto Bella: [writing a letter to his family back home] I can't remember what it was to be warm. It seems a thousand years since I was a small boy in the sun. How did I come to this high, desolate place where there is nothing but loneliness? So much is lost. I want to look into your eyes and forget. It all seems so far away: a warm house where my shadow never falls; your long, black hair in my hands. There is no more revolution, only you to come back to. I will post my resignation.
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Referenced in City Guys: Red Dawn (2001) See more »

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22 January 2003 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

Man o man. This movie is great. As a history student its awesome to look back on these types of things and see what the buzz was around the time of the movie's release. The plot is insane, acting over-the-top, but the historical commentary is amazing. People actually believed that such a thing as this was possible in the mid-80s, pre-Gorbachev. This is not "low-level propaganda," its the most obvious pro-American movie I have EVER seen.

On the movie alone, the "film" shouldn't even rate. But as a Cold-War barometer, every interested person should see this to peer into the height of US-Soviet tensions.

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