Red Dawn war movie
Red Dawn war movie

Red Dawn (1984, United States)

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Running time: 115 minutes

Language: English

Small town in Colorado, just another day of autumn begins like any other day. Typical day in one of the schools is suddenly interrupted by unusual sight - hundreds of parachutes open over the area and just moments later first soldiers reach the ground. From short range it is obvious that they are not Americans - red stars on their uniforms and Kalashnikovs in their hands made it clear - the invasion on United States have started. While paratroopers kill anyone they consider threat and put all the residents in the makeshift prisoner camp few teenagers manage to avoid being caught. They have no idea what to do - their families are trapped in the prisoner camp, they have to hide in the forests and avoid enemy patrols. But while they have no weapons nor fight experience they decide not to run away, but to fight guerilla way.

The movie shows fictitious scenario for the World War III when Russian paratroopers and Cuban infantry land in United States. We look at the war from point of view of residents of small town in Colorado, who suddenly have to face the enemy forces. The cast included some of the future stars, like young Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Grey. Red Dawn was something between adventure flick and war movie set in the reality of World War III, in a way being also a reference to ongoing Soviet-Afghan war. Of course it lacked realism, but young actors did well, the script was interesting enough and, especially comparing to 2012 remake, Red Dawn still is quite good war film.

Our rating


Film value

8 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Historical accuracy

1 / 5

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as Jed Eckert

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as Matt Eckert

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as Colonel Ernesto Bella

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One of the very first movies I've watched on VHS... God, I'm so old :(
Joel (21-12-2016 19:52:21)

Red Dawn quotes

Jed Eckert:
Come on! We池e all going to die, die standing up!

[to prisoner] Do you speak German?
Matt Eckert:
So what if he does? You don稚.

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