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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 band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

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Storyline

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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8:44 A.M. A full scale military invasion by foreign troops begins. Total surprise. Almost total success. A gang of high school kids become the last line of defense. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Ten Soldiers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,230,381, 12 August 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,376,497
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(4 channels)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Five of the 36 paratroopers in the beginning of the movie did get blown as much as a mile off course during filming. One of them got stuck in a tree. He had to convince locals that he wasn't really an enemy soldier. See more »

Goofs

When Jed and two of his friends first return to town, it is obviously day, probably morning. They pass under a stenciled sign announcing a curfew. They enter a store where they meet the young woman operating the shop. When they ask her about their parents, she whispers that no one is supposed to talk about it, but that all the dangerous residents were sent to a re-education camp. In the next scene, it is now night and presumably after curfew, and not only are Jed and his friends walking around the perimeter of the re-education camp, they are even allowed to talk to the people incarcerated on the other side of the fence. Awfully lax security for a facility no one's even supposed to talk about. See more »

Quotes

[Yuri's 2 fellow soldiers have just been killed by Toni and Robert, and Yuri has managed to escape back to the jeep despite serious wounds]
Yuri: [speaking Russian into radio mike] God help me!
Yuri: God help me!
[Jed catches up to Yuri at the jeep, armed with a .45 pistol. Yuri looks at him with terror, then turns his head away, knowing what is coming. Jed then executes the Soviet soldier with the pistol]
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Ditto that !
13 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

'Far Off Gone' is right on with that summary.

As a teen when this movie came out, us kids had grown up with Cold War news every night on TV. All these ICBMs being made, the 'Star Wars' defense initiative (SDI), even movies like 'War Games' contributed to a overall climate of concern about Russian/USA relations.

Then this movie hit theaters and us teens and younger adults felt we weren't so powerless after all. I can only speak for myself, but the opening scene was very sobering to a 18 year old kid who could relate to the dumbfounded kids in the classroom watching Soviet paratroopers hitting the schoolyard. I guess its one of those things where you had to be at the age and grown up in that era to really understand how the movie was received for its time.

The cast is chock full of stars in their younger years, and acting isn't bad either. Great movie and certainly worth watching at least once.


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