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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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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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User Reviews:
A Reaganite's wet dream See more (377 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
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
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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Runtime:
114 min
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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

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Trivia:
The original trailer, on the laserdisc release, includes a scene with a tank rolling up to a McDonald's where enemy soldiers are eating. The scene does not appear in the final cut, and was likely removed due to a mass murder at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, CA, weeks before the film opened.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the tank pulls up to the gas station they ask for "gasoline". All Soviet made tanks were diesel powered.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Mason:[the Wolverines arrive at the Mason house, where they will be joined by Toni and Erica] We got us some outlaws here.
Jed Eckert:Wow, a house.
Mr. Mason:Go on and find a chair.
Robert:Last time we were in a house was five weeks.
Mr. Mason:You look it.
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23 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Reaganite's wet dream, 17 February 2007
Author: qiowisj from United States

Red Dawn is 1980s right-wing cinema at its best, if you could call it that. Considering the time frame, the film becomes all the more ridiculous.

An emboldened Soviet Union (in actuality on the verge of collapse at the time) invades the United States with her Cuban (another country with a teetering infrastructure) and Latin American allies. Following a successful invasion and occupation of large portions of America, a group of then-current teen heart throbs form a guerrilla resistance against the Commies.

At the risk of sounding like a far-left Communist sympathizer, which I am not, the paranoia that the conservative screenwriters had is striking. I wish I could have reminded them that the United States in prior history sent military expeditions into Russia in 1918 and trained Cuban exiles to invade Cuba in 1961.

Politics aside, this is just a bad movie. The ludicrous storyline about high school kids fighting off a huge Soviet war machine is simply too unbelievable, even for cinematic standards. The acting by the young ensemble actors is poor throughout, one notable instance being when the teary eyed boys visit their captured father. The dialogue, particularly, exemplifies atrocious writing;

"WOLVERINES!!!"

"Not bad for a bunch of kids, huh?" "Mama would be real proud."

"They're gonna kill us! All of us!" "So why should we be different."

Still, Red Dawn does have some merit as an encapsulating piece of a political atmosphere that ran rampant over America, much like the Russians in the movie.

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