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Red Dawn -- In this non-stop, death-defying action thriller, the outbreak of World War III has occurred, leaving a group of mid-western high school students turned refugees to slowly organize themselves into an effective guerilla force. The group becomes sophisticated enough to challenge and take on Soviet invaders.


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Release Date:
10 August 1984 (USA) See more »
A full scale military invasion by foreign troops begins. Total surprise. Almost total success . . . . See more »
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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  (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)
Tomas Moore ... Town person (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
Robert S. McDonald .... foreman
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Ken Sher .... welder fabricator
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
Gregory H. Watkins .... ADR Mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Juno J. Ellis .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
Dale L. Martin .... special effects
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
Wayne Coster .... copyist (uncredited)
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)
Saralo MacGregor .... assistant: Mr. Milius
Raymond Moggio .... location manager (as Ray Moggio)
Ed Pine .... unit publicist
Fred Rexer .... special advisor
Robert Thorson .... location auditor (as Bob Thorson)
Scott Wead .... helicopter pilot
Clay Wright .... aircraft provider (as Wright Airlift International)
Clay Wright .... helicopter pilot
Bill Cody .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Dane .... design consultant: Russian helicopters (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Bob Lockrow .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Frank Rousseau .... weapons specialist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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114 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
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 (No. 27320) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Cuban paratroopers launch a rocket-propelled grenade into the school bus, a special effects guide wire is visible.See more »
Matt Eckert:Why don't you make yourself useful?
Erica:You wash it! We're never doing your washing again! Me and her is as good as any of you!
Matt Eckert:So what's up your ass?
Erica:Shut up! Don't you ever say that again! Hear me? Say that again, I'll kill you! Hear me? I'll kill you.
Matt Eckert:So what did I do?
Toni:What you said was wrong.
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References The Longest Day (1962)See more »


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70 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Sums up US feelings, 22 January 2003
Author: Jason Raffile from Boston

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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