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(2012)

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The film was shot and completed in 2009, and originally scheduled for release on November 24, 2010. It was shelved for almost 2 years due to MGM's financial troubles.
The invading army was originally Chinese. It was changed to North Korean in post-production to maintain access to China's box office.
The encoded messages on Radio Free America are identical to those in the original Red Dawn (1984).
When the group is talking about things they miss, one person says Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare I (2007). One stage of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) is called "Wolverines", taken from the original movie, in which Russia invades America.
Filmed in the Fall of 2009, halted by MGM's bankruptcy in 2010 and the controversy over using Chinese soldiers. The Chinese soldiers were changed to North Korean before releasing the film in 2012.
Chris Hemsworth and Isabel Lucas were both in Home and Away (1988).
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".
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The changes to the film's antagonists reportedly cost less than $1 million. They involved changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop (dropping the original storyline of Chinese "repossession" after the US defaults on loans for a North Korean invasion), re-editing two scenes, and using digital technology to change Chinese symbols and dialogue to Korean.
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First film directed by stuntman Dan Bradley.
The invading army in the original 1984 movie was the Soviet Union, which no longer exists, and Cuba. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) was chosen as the enemy in this updated version.
Dylan O'Brien auditioned for a role in this film.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Adrianne Palicki both had parts in Supernatural (2005). Jeffery was John Winchester and Adrianne played Sam's girlfriend Jessica.
The closed Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan (Greater Detroit) was used as a filming location. The school cafeteria was used as the catering hall for the employees.
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Early drafts of the script had the protagonists fighting Middle Eastern terrorists.
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This film draws clear parallels to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
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In the same year, Josh Hutcherson played with Chris Hemsworth's brother Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games (2012).
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The news cast that was aired with Dan Lewis, a real news caster (now retired) for the Seattle TV station KOMO, giving instructions wouldn't have been seen in Spokane.
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Cameo 

Mark Schlereth: Former NFL superstar, as coach Dolen, the Wolverines football coach.
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Body Count: 77; Daryl's fate is unknown but he is presumed dead.

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