Red Dawn ('84) 1984 PG-13 CC

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(649) IMDb 6.3/10
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In this non-stop, death-defying action thriller, the outbreak of World War III has occurred, leaving a group of mid-western high school students turned refugees to slowly organize themselves into an effective guerilla force. The group becomes sophisticated enough to challenge and take on Soviet invaders.

Starring:
Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Red Dawn ('84)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action
Director John Milius
Starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell
Supporting actors Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Darren Dalton, Jennifer Grey, Brad Savage, Doug Toby, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Ron O'Neal, William Smith, Vladek Sheybal, Powers Boothe, Frank McRae, Roy Jenson, Pepe Serna, Lane Smith, Judd Omen, Michael D'Agosta
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The American forces stopped both prongs of the attack and now wage war to drive out the communist invaders.
Jeffrey Leach
Red Dawn tells the story of an armed invasion across America by Soviet Russia being resisted by anyone and everyone who can fight.
Kristopher C. Hunt
Overall it is good movie, just don't go into it thinking it will be something like "Ruskies" of even "The Goonies" on some level.
Cowboy on the Ocean

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242 of 266 people found the following review helpful By "usarocketman" on December 9, 2002
Format: DVD
There have been a lot of dumb comments in these reveiws. All the questions are answered by just paying attention to the movie!
For example, NATO doesn't appear because it was dissolved. The bulk of the US military doesn't appear because the front lines are in the Dakotas, Utah, Montana, California, and the Mississippi river. We can't nuke Russia because they destroyed almost all of our nukes in their first-strike. Also, Washington DC and the other major centers of communication are destroyed in the first-strike. Finally, guerilla groups always have a large success rate when they begin. It's after the enemy figures out what's going on and how to counter it that they start getting losses.
But, to the review. I find this one of the best movies ever. Not because of some political statement (ever notice that the people who pan this like equal-caliber anti-American movies?, not because of the strong American support. No, I like it because it shows what would have happened if we were in the position of Afganistan 1979-89, or in the USSR 1941-44.
I am just thankful that this movie, and nothing like it, actually happened.
And, just for the heck of it: WOLVERINES!
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93 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Thor on November 7, 2006
Format: DVD
I was walking around at the local dvd store yesterday looking for a nice movie to watch that same evening. My eye fell on Red Dawn, and I read what the back of the dvd said. I was tempted and it sounded like an interesting film, so I bought it and watched it.

Red Dawn follows the story of 8 teenagers that manage to escape an attack on their home town when world war III breaks out. They flee into the mountains and from there they attack the enemyforces with gurellia attacks. This leads to great, but also brutal action scenes, thrilling, but also disturbing situations and highly emotional scenes that show the human soul hurt and broke down.

As soon as the credits were rolling over the screen I was quiet and just gazed at the screen, thinking about what I had seen. The message had reached me loud and clear.

The casting of this film is well done. All of the actors act realistic and their emotion feels terribly real, which definitely helps you to feel for them. The cast contains famous stars that where all not that famous while starring in this film. It contains Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Road House, Ghost), Charlie Sheen (Platoon, Wall street), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future I, II and III) and Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing). The rest of the main cast is less famous (at least, to me), but still do one hell of a job bringing their characters to life that all feel like real personnes in stead of just a few movie characters.

The only thing that should have been different about this film is that you don't really get to know the characters before the war stars. After only about four minutes the attack starts, so you don't really know what kind of main characters you are dealing with.
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263 of 321 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hilton on August 15, 2001
Format: DVD
I remember watching this movie when it first came out on VHS. As a kid, I thought it was a frightening movie, a possible scenario of World War III. After buying the DVD and watching it again, I must say that it still stirs emotions in me. This depiction of an attack on U.S. soil is possible, but improbable. To watch this movie and say that the events shown could NEVER happen is foolish and ignorant.
One previous reviewer asks what happened to NATO in the movie. Well, if the reviewer had paid attention, NATO had dissolved in the movie. Another IMPORTANT detail that some reviewers left out was the nuclear attack on most bases and federal headquarters. The communists did not just take all their planes and tanks and just march in. A nuclear "first-strike" was initiated to throw the U.S. completely off-balance. Powers Boothe, who plays a downed F-15 pilot, explains all of these events to the kids that are now acting as guerillas in the movie. As someone who served in the Air Force as a missle launch control officer, I got to see how strategies like the ones portrayed in this movie could work.
The whole story in this movie is about Russians and Cubans (along with Nicaraguans) invading the U.S. and how it affects the lives of some high school kids. These kids become "The Wolverines". Named after their high school mascot, they become guerillas, slowly taking out small enemy installations and equipment. They do not single-handedly destroy all the commies as some other reviewers think that was depicted! There were other guerilla units, too.
The film portrays war in a somewhat negative light, but preserves patriotism and acknowledges the legitimacy of the Second Amendment. I highly recommend buying this DVD because of that! The only blemish that it has is the sound quality. I expected better sound with Dolby Digital and DVD quality.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mtnvalley on May 3, 2011
Format: DVD
I was actually just checking to see if this movie, a product of its Cold-war times, was available on-demand. Then, lo and behold, while scanning the DVD review, I'm smacked in the very first line from the amazon.com "professional" reviewer that this movie is a "paranoid right-wing fantasy".

Now, if you've seen the movie, you're aware that there really isn't any overt political content or agenda in the film; there may be a trifle in the subtext that Russia was amongst the invading countries, but again, it's a FANTASY and a product of its times. The protagonists were a bunch of high-school kids who presumably wouldn't know William F. Buckley from Alfred E. Newman, nor Oliver North from Oliver Twist.

To extrapolate "paranoid right-wing fantasy" from "fantasy" just because there are invaders and armed resistance, makes as much sense on its face as referring to the "Star Wars" sextology with the same description. (Has George Lucas then renounced his liberality?). It's quite clear to me that this out-of-the-blue choice of phrase- "paranoid right-wing fantasy"- says much more about the reviewer than the subject.

Some people just cannot put finger to key without inserting their worldview where it is both inapt and inappropriate; the use of this phrase with little context, in a supposedly commercial movie review, was clearly a gratuitous broad-stroke slap at those of a political bent differing from the "reviewer"'s. Amazon, who evidently approved the review's content, owes its customers better that to give Keogh a soapbox instead of a simple assignment to review what's ON the screen. The doggone movie (and supposedly the review) is about ENTERTAINMENT, not agenda.
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