The Ronald Reagan 1980s were all about going back to the future--rewriting the past to better suit Reagan's upbeat vision of the present. So, Sylvester Stallone's John Rambo (a psychotic, shell-shocked Vietnam vet in the original film, transformed into a flag-waving hero in the sequel) was able to go back to Southeast Asia and "correct" history by decisively (and single-handedly) winning that messy ol' war on behalf of America. Red Dawn is a paranoid cold-war cautionary tale that presents us not with a rosy alternative past, but with an ominous vision of the future, metaphorically plopping a piece of Russian-occupied Afghanistan into America's back yard. In this celebration of the Second Amendment, storm troopers from the Evil Empire descend upon the inadequately defended United States and hold America hostage. Stealthily avoiding the invaders, a motley group of red-blooded, small-town, gun-toting teenagers go underground to form the Wolverines, a guerilla resistance squad dedicated to making those Russkies rue the day they parachuted onto U.S. soil. It's a darn good thing those kids had the right to keep and bear arms, huh! Written and directed by macho filmmaker John Milius, the self-described "Zen fascist" who also cowrote Apocalypse Now, as well as the horrifying shark story Robert Shaw tells in Jaws. The cast includes Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey (a few years before she and Swayze took up Dirty Dancing), Charlie Sheen, Powers Boothe, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ben Johnson. Red Dawn was a commercial success, although audiences invariably split into two camps, finding it either patriotic or appalling. Whatever your verdict, the film remains a telling reflection of its era. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Can't beat the original Swayze and cast did a great job on this one.Published 17 months ago by Chales V. Jones
This original copy of Red Dawn is by far better than the remake. A movie that is definitely worth owning if you are fans of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Elizabeth Shue or any of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jennifer
This movie is much better than the remake, and it was nice to walk down memory lane while watching it!Published 20 months ago by Michelle Hillier
From the moment to stirring music grabs your attention to the closing scenes this action adventure holds you in its grip. Read morePublished on April 30 2013 by Brian Sharpe
This DVD arrived well within the promised delivery date. I've enjoyed this movie for years in VHS format and it's just as great in DVD. Read morePublished on April 17 2013 by James I. Sherwood
Great idea/premise and carried out quite well in this movie. Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, etc. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2012 by W. Bradley
A classic. This does two things for me; one opening my eyes to what could have happened in the past and present and entertaining me. Read morePublished on June 2 2012 by Watcher