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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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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)
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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
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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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
The submachine gun Strelnikov uses near the end of the film is a Finnish-made Jati-matic GG-95 PDW. About 400 were manufactured in the mid-1980s.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
[3 Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands of Arapho National Forest have found an arrow at the side of the road]
Yuri:[speaking Russian] Look. Look what I've found. An Indian arrow.
Soldier #1:[notices it is a manufactured arrow] I did not know these Indians used steel.
Yuri:Sure, you fool. They used the melted sabers of Federalist Cossacks.
Soldier #1:[notices the platic tail] Did these Indians work in plastic too?
Yuri:You idiot, this is bone, polished to a high sheen.
Yuri:[after spotting Toni & Erica] Stop!
Soldier #2:Watch out! She has a weapon.
Soldier #1:[speaking Russian] Stop, damn it!
[fires his AK-47]
[...]
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111 out of 187 people found the following review useful.
It's Only A Movie..., 10 May 2002
Author: dijgriffin from USA

I saw this movie when I was in college in Colorado Springs, Colorado when it came out in 1984. Many people dismiss this movie at best as either a teen fantasy or at worse as a right-wing maniac's delusional vision of the future. Yes, it is a teen movie, but there's a bit more to it than that. I'm basically writing this for those of you who either weren't born or too young to remember those days. I grew up in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Anything mildly patriotic was regarded in bad taste. So when John Millius and his friends decided to make this patriotic teen movie about resistance fighters fighting invaders from the Evil Empire, he was just tapping into the frustration that many people (including myself) felt at that time. The scene I remember most vividly is the one when Patrick Swazye shoots the young Russian political officer in the Chevy Blazer. The audience consisted mostly of guys from nearby Fort Collins and Peterson AFB, and they gave this scene a standing ovation. In this post 11 September world, it's hard to imagine a time when, during the Cold War, flying the flag or loving your native land made many people think you were either a Nazi or a member of the John Birch Society. Now this film isn't "Seven Days in May" or "Fail-Safe." It's just a movie that was made at a time after we had lost a war and many in the world regarded the USA as a paper tiger. That's all.

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