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Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Thriller, War  |  21 November 2012 (USA)
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A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.



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The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Marines die, we go to hell and regroup! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,276,668 (USA) (21 November 2012)


$44,800,706 (USA) (15 February 2013)

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The film features propaganda pamphlets, posters, and banners featuring People's Liberation Army symbols, such as the August 1 star. The posters attempt to garner support for a Chinese occupation, with slogans such as "Rebuilding Your Reputation", "Repairing Your Economy", and "Fighting Corporate Corruption". See more »


About 15 minutes into the movie, when Jed and the guys escape in the pickup truck, they go off-road. The cat-back exhaust is visibly missing. When they get back on the road, the exhaust is suddenly hanging down and dragging on the ground. In the next shot the exhaust is gone again. See more »


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Uninspiring, poorly made film - with poor casting
21 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A few of the positive reviews for this film were probably written by real people... like 13 year old boys, and frustrated, wannabe soldiers who failed the IQ test.

The rest can only have been added here by a cubicle farm of movie studio marketing drones, who really earned their pay trying to think of good things to say about this sad, career-damaging waste of time.

Josh Peck is one of the all-time worst casting calls, and should become a cautionary tale amongst casting agents.

Agent 1: 'What do you think of this guy for the main character?'

Agent 2: 'Are you trying to 'Josh Peck' this film?'

He looks about 20 years older than his older brother, and even in the most dramatic scenes - has a mopey expression on his face that makes you want to slap him. All I can imagine is that he helped fund the film, because there's no other logical reason for him playing this part.

I would have liked to be in the screening room when they showed this to the studio head. There was probably a long silence when the curtain fell, as half a dozen people were fired by text.

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