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Director:
Writers:
Kevin Reynolds (story)
John Milius (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A full scale military invasion by foreign troops begins. Total surprise. Almost total success . . . . See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Misunderstood? What's to misunderstand? See more (375 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Swayze ... Jed

C. Thomas Howell ... Robert

Lea Thompson ... Erica

Charlie Sheen ... Matt

Darren Dalton ... Daryl

Jennifer Grey ... Toni

Brad Savage ... Danny
Doug Toby ... Aardvark

Ben Johnson ... Mr. Mason

Harry Dean Stanton ... Mr. Eckert

Ron O'Neal ... Colonel Ernesto Bella

William Smith ... Strelnikov
Vladek Sheybal ... Bratchenko

Powers Boothe ... Lt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner

Frank McRae ... Mr. Teasdale

Roy Jenson ... Mr. Morris

Pepe Serna ... Aardvark's Father
Lane Smith ... Mayor Bates
Judd Omen ... The Nicaraguan Captain
Michael D'Agosta ... Boy in Classroom
Johelen Carleton ... Girl in Classroom
George Ganchev ... Soldier #1
Waldemar Kalinowski ... Soldier #2
Sam Slovick ... Yuri

Radames Pera ... Stepan Gorsky
Lois Kimbrell ... Mrs. Mason
Elan Oberon ... Alicia
Harley Christensen ... Man on Pole
Fred Rexer ... Tank Survivor
Michael Meisner ... Russian Tanker #1
Victor Meisner ... Russian Tanker #2
Phil Mead ... Mr. Barnes
Sam Dodge ... Man at Drive-In

Ben Zeller ... Man #2 at Drive-In
Dan Sparks ... Man #3 at Drive-In
Benjamin Schick ... Russian Sergeant (as Ben Schick)

George Fisher ... KGB Major

Zitto Kazann ... Political Officer
Chuk Besher ... Door Gunner
J.D. Ruybal ... Cuban Crew Chief (as Jay Dee Ruybal)
Pacho Lane ... Firing Squad Officer

Julius L. Meyer ... Latin Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krzysztof Janczar ... Soviet Soldier (as Christopher Janczar)
Tom Ireland ... KGB Officer #2 (uncredited)
Tacy Norwood ... Rat Girl (uncredited)
Scott Phillips ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Raquel Provance ... Rachel (uncredited)
Gene Scherer ... KGB #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
John Milius 
 
Writing credits
Kevin Reynolds (story)

John Milius (screenplay) and
Kevin Reynolds (screenplay)

Produced by
Barry Beckerman .... producer
Sidney Beckerman .... executive producer
Buzz Feitshans .... producer
 
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Jackson De Govia 
 
Art Direction by
Vincent M. Cresciman  (as Vincent Cresciman)
 
Set Decoration by
Lowell Chambers 
 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... makeup artist
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Elliot Schick .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Behnke .... second assistant director
Terry Leonard .... second unit director (as Terry J. Leonard)
Nilo Otero .... dga trainee
Arne Schmidt .... assistant director (as Arne L. Schmidt)
Carol Smetana .... second assistant director (as Carol Jean Smetana)
 
Art Department
Brandy Alexander .... set designer
John Alvin .... poster artist
Adrian Gorton .... assistant art director
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
William Apperson .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Roy Barnes .... set designer (uncredited)
Greg C. Jensen .... general construction foreman (uncredited)
John R. Jensen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
George Jenson .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Stuart John .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Billy W. Ray .... carpenter (uncredited)
Curtis A. Schnell .... set designer (uncredited)
Daniel Turk .... foreman (uncredited)
Christopher Windisch .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Alex Bamattre .... sound editor
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Denise Horta .... adr editor
Joe Kenworthy .... sound mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauren Palmer .... adr editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Juno J. Ellis .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
Dale L. Martin .... special effects
 
Stunts
Kenny Call .... stunts
Buddy L. Edmunson .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Cindy Folkerson .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Darren Dalton
Soren Jensen .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator (as Terry J. Leonard)
Bob Lockrow .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Jimmy Medearis .... stunts (as Jim Medearis)
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Larry Randles .... stunts
Ross Reynolds .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts (as Ben R. Scott)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank J. Sparks)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frederick Elmes .... director of photography: second unit
Dana Kershner .... title photographer
Mako Koiwai .... assistant camera
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Wayne Baker .... insert camera (uncredited)
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles A. Carlsen .... grip (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joseph D'Agosta .... additional casting (as Joe D'Agosta)
Elisabeth Leustig .... casting associate (as Elizabeth Leustig)
Sally Jackson .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Chichester .... costumer: men
Julie Starr Dresner .... costumer: women (as Julie Dresner)
George L. Little .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Joan E. Chapman .... assistant film editor (as Joan Chapman)
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Tom Moore .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Stan Witt .... music editor
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Basil Poledouris .... conductor (uncredited)
Aaron Rochin .... recording engineer (uncredited)
Jack Smalley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Terry Collis .... transportation coordinator
Vic Cuccia .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Billy Kaundart .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Ballard .... helicopter pilot
Tim Carroll .... stock contractor
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor (as Cariline Davis-Dyer)
Karen Day .... location auditor
John Early .... technical advisor (as Captain John Early)
Tom Gehrke .... helicopter pilot
Michael Jarvis .... location manager (as E. Michael Jarvis)
Bob Lockrow .... helicopter pilot
Saralo MacGregor .... assistant: Mr. Milius
Raymond Moggio .... location manager (as Ray Moggio)
Ed Pine .... unit publicist
Fred Rexer .... special advisor
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Robert Thorson .... location auditor (as Bob Thorson)
Scott Wead .... helicopter pilot
Clay Wright .... helicopter pilot
Bill Cody .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Dane .... design consultant: Russian helicopters (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Frank Rousseau .... weapons specialist (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

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Runtime:
114 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
William Smith, who plays the Spetsnaz commander Strelnikov, didn't receive any special language training for his role. Thanks to years of military service and work with both the CIA and NSA, Smith was already fluent in the Russian language and several others.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Colonel Bella's subordinate always addresses him with "Si, Senor." In the Cuban army, he would call his superior officer "Mi Coronel."See more »
Quotes:
Prologue/Opening Narration:Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years... Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade... Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000. El Salvador and Honduras fall... Greens Party gains control of West German Parliament. Demands withdrawal of nuclear weapons from European soil... Mexico plunged into revolution... NATO dissolves. United States stands alone.See more »
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72 out of 131 people found the following review useful.
Misunderstood? What's to misunderstand?, 24 January 2006
Author: Gungrave from United Kingdom

Well, I cant honestly say this movie evoked any sort of political argument or emotive response from myself, unlike a lot of some of the reviewers on here (in fact a few seem to have taken the film or its reviews as a personal affront!). The film was an entertaining, nostalgic and highly commercial action movie from a time past.....and on a base level I just plain enjoyed it. It made me smile! The trailer reminded me of a video game called Freedom Fighters (set in New York, you play the part of a plumber leading a resistance force against a Russian invasion) which I had enjoyed too, i liked the premise, so my flatmates and I (2 English, 1 Irish and 1 American) sat through the movie last night. Once the giggles from the girls had subsided (yes Swayze and Sheen look like babies and have not aged too well!) the opening parachute invasion got quite a buzz. Handled clumsily and probably with an extremely limited budget it took a good 20 minutes for the B-movie ethic to settle in, but once over that the premise really started to work, and you could actually begin to empathise with the kids in their situation. The story became a bit strung out in places, the action was cardboardy and basic and the acting was...well....not there really, but I don't think that was down to a lack of talent. But it hung together, and we all enjoyed it. Where peoples readings of political messages come from I have no idea. I understand that America has it's extremists who hide in the mountains, stash mountains of weapons and food for just such an event, but the movie certainly doesn't satirise them. The joke in the film of the NRA bumper sticker and the dead guys "cold, dead hand" falls flat if it was intended as a purposeful message and therefore seems more to be an attempt at acknowledging the certain irony of such events in the states. The rhetoric of the kids in their internal arguments is hollow and situational, not political, and just about manage to hold some water. The movie is and was just a great "what if.....?" and an amusing 80's Hollywood schtick action movie, no more, no less. If a backstory of a continued Cold War was introduced I can well see this being ripe for a remake, and perhaps then you can apply your knee-jerk reactionary theories to it with more basis then...who know?

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