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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director:

John Milius

Writers:

Kevin Reynolds (story), John Milius (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Bella
William Smith ... Strelnikov
Vladek Sheybal ... Bratchenko
Powers Boothe ... Andy
Frank McRae ... Mr. Teasdale
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Storyline

From out of the sky, Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In a few seconds, the paratroopers have attacked the school and sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows, the teens struggle to survive the bitter winter and the Soviet K.G.B. patrols hunting for them. Eventually, trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon they will wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops under the banner of "Wolverines!" Written by Derek O'Cain

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The invading armies planned for everything - except for eight kids called "The Wolverines." See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Soldiers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,230,381, 12 August 1984

Gross USA:

$38,376,497

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,376,497
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank McRae, Ben Johnson, and Harry Dean Stanton all costarred in Dillinger (1973), which was also directed by John Milius. See more »

Goofs

Five minutes and 29 seconds into the movie, the entire class, every single student, ducks to avoid the spray of gunfire through the windows. Two seconds later, a dead boy, shot through the head is on his feet slumped through a smashed window. Prior to the shooting, the boy had been watching the paratroopers through a window with lowered blinds, one pane to the right of where he ended up. See more »

Quotes

Jed Eckert: [the Wolverines discover that Daryl has been "bugged" by the Russo-Cubans] Daryl... Where is it? Where is it?
[Jed grabs Daryl, gets in Daryl's face and shouts]
Jed Eckert: GOD-DAMMIT, WHERE'S THE BUG?
Darryl Bates: They made me swallow it.
Matt Eckert: Daryl, what have you done?
Darryl Bates: [nearly in tears] I went into town... and got caught.
Jed Eckert: [shaking him and screeching with rage] YOU WENT AND GOT CAUGHT! WHY?
Darryl Bates: [His voice breaks] You said we couldn't...
Robert: You told them where we were, didn't you? You told them!
Darryl Bates: [sobbing] My father turned me in. Oh God,...
[...]
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »

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Great Flick
2 May 2006 | by Akos5372See all my reviews

Being a Russian American I found myself switching allegiances during this movie. I must say I loved this flick. I've always been fascinated with the cold war, and the what if scenarios. If you can relate, then this movie is a must see. I thought this movie showed a very strong human side to the realities of a partisan's life, and I believe it was fair. It wasn't an American Rambo, where one man takes down a whole Soviet battalion. No it was a powerful story of what people must conform to in order to deal with the outcome of invasion of ones motherland, and how people, the ordinary person deals with this reality and how they're transformed by it. The United States has never been invaded, and I found this film to be a great prediction of how if an invasion ever took place the American people would fight to the bitter end if they had to. In a way these partisans reminded me of the Soviet partisans of WW2, and how they fought on. This is a great movie which is not overdone, but is very realistic, and fair. The acting is not brilliant, but is good, and the whole movie works. I absolutely loved it!


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