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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 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

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A full scale military invasion by foreign troops begins. Total surprise. Almost total success . . . . 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,376,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Smith, who played the Spetsnaz commander Strelnikov, didn't receive any special language training for his role. Thanks to years of military service, and working with the C.I.A. and N.S.A., Smith was already fluent in Russian and several other languages. See more »

Goofs

When the Russian tank approached the gas station the gas pumps are labeled Sky Chief and Fire Chief which were Texaco oil brands. A few frames later the pumps show the Gulf Oil brands. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Mason: We all figured you boys had headed for FA by now.
Robert: What's FA?
Mr. Mason: Free America. That's the safe zone.
Jed Eckert: Well, where are we?
Mr. Mason: Hell, you boys is in the occupied territory. You're 40 miles behind enemy lines. That's smack dab in the middle of World War III.
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Referenced in The 5th Wave (2016) See more »

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Misunderstood? What's to misunderstand?
24 January 2006 | by GungraveSee all my reviews

Well, I cant honestly say this movie evoked any sort of political argument or emotive response from myself, unlike a lot of some of the reviewers on here (in fact a few seem to have taken the film or its reviews as a personal affront!). The film was an entertaining, nostalgic and highly commercial action movie from a time past.....and on a base level I just plain enjoyed it. It made me smile! The trailer reminded me of a video game called Freedom Fighters (set in New York, you play the part of a plumber leading a resistance force against a Russian invasion) which I had enjoyed too, i liked the premise, so my flatmates and I (2 English, 1 Irish and 1 American) sat through the movie last night. Once the giggles from the girls had subsided (yes Swayze and Sheen look like babies and have not aged too well!) the opening parachute invasion got quite a buzz. Handled clumsily and probably with an extremely limited budget it took a good 20 minutes for the B-movie ethic to settle in, but once over that the premise really started to work, and you could actually begin to empathise with the kids in their situation. The story became a bit strung out in places, the action was cardboardy and basic and the acting was...well....not there really, but I don't think that was down to a lack of talent. But it hung together, and we all enjoyed it. Where peoples readings of political messages come from I have no idea. I understand that America has it's extremists who hide in the mountains, stash mountains of weapons and food for just such an event, but the movie certainly doesn't satirise them. The joke in the film of the NRA bumper sticker and the dead guys "cold, dead hand" falls flat if it was intended as a purposeful message and therefore seems more to be an attempt at acknowledging the certain irony of such events in the states. The rhetoric of the kids in their internal arguments is hollow and situational, not political, and just about manage to hold some water. The movie is and was just a great "what if.....?" and an amusing 80's Hollywood schtick action movie, no more, no less. If a backstory of a continued Cold War was introduced I can well see this being ripe for a remake, and perhaps then you can apply your knee-jerk reactionary theories to it with more basis then...who know?


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