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Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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.

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... Jed
... Robert
... Erica
... Matt
Darren Dalton ... Daryl
... Toni
... Danny
Doug Toby ... Aardvark
... Mr. Mason
... Mr. Eckert
... Bella
... Strelnikov
... Bratchenko
... Andy
... Mr. Teasdale
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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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In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil. Until now. See more »

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Action | Drama

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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ten Soldiers  »

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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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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In the beginning when the soldier fires into the classroom, the children can all be seen ducking underneath the window, and nobody remains standing. In the next shot from inside the classroom, one boy can be seen upright and leaning through a broken window, having been shot. See more »

Quotes

Erica: You American?
Col. Andy Tanner: Red-blooded.
Erica: What's the capital of Texas?
Col. Andy Tanner: Austin.
Erica: Wrong, commie! It's Houston.
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None of the actors are in the opening credits See more »

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Referenced in Homefront (2011) See more »

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Curiosity value only
24 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I spent eight years of the Cold War in a central European "socialist" country, from 1966 to 1974. So I was exposed to a lot of film and TV propaganda. But I have to say that nothing I saw there could come anywhere near "Red Dawn" for improbability, crudeness or sheer knuckle-dragging dopiness. Maybe I see it this way because I am Australian, and therefore many things American have for me a bouquet of strangeness -- to mention only what seems an exaggerated idea of patriotism; not many Australians get misty-eyed at the sight of their national flag. Be that as it may, yes, the Soviet empire deserved to collapse, as eventually it did. But primitive movies like "Red Dawn" had nothing to do with it. Today, it has only curiosity value.


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