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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.

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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

The AK-47's used in the film are Egyptian Maadi ARM rifles. In 1983 roughly 2000 of the rifles we imported to the USA by Steyr. A large number of these first imports were used in film and were even converted to have automatic fire for the purposes of the movie. The rifles are the closest to a Russian production AK-47 that you can own in the USA, because they were made on Russian machines using Russian raw materials and under the guidance and supervision of Russian gunsmiths and factory managers. Among collectors the Egyptian Maadi ARM imported by Steyr are highly sought after. See more »

Goofs

When the Wolverines go up to the snow covered battlefield front line and are watching the fighting going on in the distance, you see a lone American tank and some American jets flying over dropping napalm and bombs. You then see one scene of an American F-111 fighter bomber jet aircraft flying, yet the audio of it is that of propellers of a twin engine transport type plane. See more »

Quotes

Tom Eckert: [at the Calumet Drive-in, which is now a Communist "re-education camp"] Remember when you used to go in the park and play... and I used to put you on the swings... and both of you were... so damn little?
Jed Eckert: I remember. I remember all of it.
Tom Eckert: [to Jed and Matt] I ain't gonna be around to pick you up when you fall now. Both of you gotta take care of each other now.
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It's Only A Movie...
10 May 2002 | by dijgriffinSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was in college in Colorado Springs, Colorado when it came out in 1984. Many people dismiss this movie at best as either a teen fantasy or at worse as a right-wing maniac's delusional vision of the future. Yes, it is a teen movie, but there's a bit more to it than that. I'm basically writing this for those of you who either weren't born or too young to remember those days. I grew up in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Anything mildly patriotic was regarded in bad taste. So when John Millius and his friends decided to make this patriotic teen movie about resistance fighters fighting invaders from the Evil Empire, he was just tapping into the frustration that many people (including myself) felt at that time. The scene I remember most vividly is the one when Patrick Swazye shoots the young Russian political officer in the Chevy Blazer. The audience consisted mostly of guys from nearby Fort Collins and Peterson AFB, and they gave this scene a standing ovation. In this post 11 September world, it's hard to imagine a time when, during the Cold War, flying the flag or loving your native land made many people think you were either a Nazi or a member of the John Birch Society. Now this film isn't "Seven Days in May" or "Fail-Safe." It's just a movie that was made at a time after we had lost a war and many in the world regarded the USA as a paper tiger. That's all.


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