Red Dawn

1984, Action/Adventure, 1h 54m

27 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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An appealing ensemble of young stars will have some audiences rooting for the Wolverines, but Red Dawn's self-seriousness can never conceal the silliness of its alarmist concept. Read critic reviews

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In an alternate 1980s, the United States stands alone as communism grows stronger. When Soviet soldiers invade a small Colorado town, brothers Jed (Patrick Swayze) and Matt Eckert (Charlie Sheen) escape with friends to the forest. With their father, Tom (Harry Dean Stanton), a prisoner of the invading army, the children decide to fight against the Soviets. As the country comes under increasing attack, the group teams up with Lt. Col. Andrew Tanner (Powers Boothe) to take back their town.

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  • Jan 13, 2014
    Critic Adam Arseneau, describes this film as a Republican wet dream, which may be the most accurate description for Red Dawn. If I was Joseph McCarthy I'd uncontrollably ejaculate once this movie began playing on the screen. But the movie was released almost 30 years after McCarthy drank his liver to death with that bitter Commie Vodka. So I really don't understand what the hype ever was, the movie was dated the minute it came out. The characters were all flat, despite having a cast with Swayze and Sheen. I could care less when one died, and by the end I wish the deaths would come quicker, so the credits would just come on. Maybe I'm just not that into guerilla warfare movies, perhaps after I drink deer blood the movie will suddenly click for me.
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  • Jan 02, 2014
    The idea of The Soviet Union and Cuba launching a land invasion of America probably seemed just as silly in 1984 as it does now. Even with the laughable premise the movie isn't really all that fun, in fact its kind of depressing. I don't really mind that Milius wanted to make a down and dirty honest war picture but he does it while indulging in the worst cliches most of the uber patriotic action films of the 80s are guilty of (it practically fetishsizes small towns, American history, and masculinity). Also the film briefly becomes interesting when it sort of introduces the notion of exploring the gap between legends and reality but then it fails to go anywhere.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    One of my favorite movies. So over-the-top and full of 80s cliches, but this is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. There is no end to the number of times I can watch this classic.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2013
    This film kicks off with a full blown invasion and has you glued to the screen. The action is relentless and only builds a little bit of story for the audience
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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