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1984 film directed by John Milius

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The Brat Pack fight those evil Russkies in this 80's classic. "Boys! Avenge me!!

  • May 9, 2009
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Red Dawn (1984) was one of the first movies to be labeled by the M.P.A.A. with the honorary P.G.-13 tag (I highly doubt this movie would get one today). John Milius' film not only reflects his paranoid vision of a future America but it also is a result of 80's Reganism and heavy handed flag waving patriotism. Beside the obvious right-wing leanings of the film-maker I actually enjoyed this movie. It always has been and it'll always will be one of my personnel favorites.
Red Dawn takes place in the near future. The globe has been swept with drastic changes and America's enemies are at the gates waiting to tear it down. World War III was launched without the aid of nuclear weapons, it's pretty much a conventional conflict. A downsized military has been unable to deal with the communist horde and parts of America are under siege. One such battleground takes place in a small mid-western town.
Brothers Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze along with their friends (C. Thomas Howell among them) flee into the hills when Soviet special forces invade their school and lay waste to most of the faculty and students. The students flee into the hills (with the aid of C. Thomas Howell's father) and that's when the fun really begins.
Many of your typical 80's stars have parts in this film (Jennifer Gray, Lea Thompson) as well as several old veterans (Ron O' Neal, William Smith, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton). I have seen stills of a scene where the boys wander into a Mc Donald's that's populated with Soviet Soldiers (Was this cut out because of that Mc Donald's massacre that occurred in the early 80's) some of that scene can be seen on the trailer that accompanies the D.V.D. As you can tell, Red Dawn is one of my favorite cheesy flicks.

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Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
At one point it held the world record for most deaths in a mov. Asides from that, one of the best 80's flicks ever.
Quick Tip by . September 11, 2009
I remember Patrick Swayze Jennifer Grey and Charlie Sheen were all kids when they appeared in this movie that was more relevent at that time
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Red Dawn is a John Milius film about a "what if" story in regard to a Soviet invasion of Middle America during the 1980's.
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Director: John Milius
Genre: War, Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: August 10, 1984
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: John Milius, Kevin Reynolds
Runtime: 114 minutes
Studio: United Artists
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