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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 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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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 »

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Action | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Ten Soldiers  »

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$4,200,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Red Dawn" was the given code name of the military operation in Iraq that captured Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003. John Milius felt honored by that. See more »

Goofs

Soon after the Wolverines launch their first offensive, a sign for "Storrie Lake" can be seen. Storrie Lake is in New Mexico, where much of the film was made, but the setting is supposed to be near Denver, Colorado. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Ernesto Bella: [in the now-occupied Calumet, Colorado] It would seem necessary to win the support of the people. As our opponents used to say in Vietnam: "Win their hearts and minds."
General Bratchenko: And they lost, Ernesto... Morale is crucial right now. Keep the men in the secured areas. You'll see how they forget about these "Wolverines."
Colonel Ernesto Bella: [Toni blows up a nearby "Soviet-American Friendship Center."] You were saying, Comrade?
General Bratchenko: Oh, shut up!
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scrubs: My Heavy Meddle (2002) 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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