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Red Dawn (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [Import]

Patrick Swayze , C. Thomas Howell , John Milius    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories.... :) March 27 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is much better than the remake, and it was nice to walk down memory lane while watching it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the re-make....... April 30 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
From the moment to stirring music grabs your attention to the closing scenes this action adventure holds you in its grip.All-star cast (before most of the actors were very well known), great photography....it's got it all.

Stan Smith (American Dad) called this "the greatest movie ever made". A cartoon character can't be wrong.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Dawn June 2 2012
By Watcher
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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. What would you do if something like this were to happen to you?
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3.0 out of 5 stars What If? June 25 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What if Communist Russians invade the United States? Teens from America's heartland take on the Reds as guerrilla fighters in this fairytale action-war movie. This seems like a plot that somebody made up for a High School short story. Not a bad cast, which includes Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, Ben Johnson, Charlie Sheen, Powers Boothe and Harry Dean Stanton, make the film interesting but John Milius' direction is very pedestrian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wolverines! June 12 2004
This movie: Red Dawn, is a classic film. It is a film that every young man will love to watch and enjoy it wholeheartedly.
The script of the movie is creative. Communist Paratroopers have landed and are taking over. The regular soldiers are fighting them. However, the Russian communists have managed to land in many areas devoid of any regular American soldiers.
The movie depicts a slice of the bigger picture. The communist paratroopers land in a small town in the middle of nowhere. The adults are caught unaware and its upto few young teenagers to fight for their town(and country). They grab their rifles and head to the hills to wage a war against communist takeover.
There are some minor points in this film that made me give it 4 Stars instead of 5 Stars.
1.) The fighting scenes are unrealistic. It's hard to believe a few teenagers can take on such a large group of regular communist soldiers, again and AGAIN! It is true that it is just a movie but the movie that ads more realism to it becomes more suspensefull. The producer/director should have added few adults to the mix to make it more realistic and thrilling.
2.) The movie is somewhat like a comic book. There is not much depth to Action and some of the characters.
However, these two are just minor points. The movie gets 3 stars for a great storyline and another 1 for its memorable scene where a communist soldier takes away a brave man's gun from his cold dead fingers! and the bumper sticker behind the car is shown on the camera.
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4.0 out of 5 stars UNDERRATED CLASSIC June 6 2004
In 1984, John Milius wrote and directed "Red Dawn", starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen. It describes a joint Communist Cuban/Soviet invasion of the Rocky Mountains. Aside from its Cold War warning, it was an ode to the gun lobby. In an early scene, a pick-up truck has a bumper sticker reading "You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers." A Communist soldier then pries a gun from the hands of a dead Colorado resident. A group of high school football players who had been taught how to hunt, fish and live off the land by their dad, take to the mountains and form a guerilla unit, attacking the Communist occupiers in series of daring raids. In the end, the Communists are defeated and World War III is won. The high school boys are memorialized for their courage and daring in the early, dark days of the fight for freedom.
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Oh the 80's. Reagan was in office and those evil Russian Communists from the Godless U.S.S.R. wanted to wipe us off the planet. This film has Patrick Swayzee and Charlie Sheen fighting off a Russian invasion in the American heartland. They are civilians, but they create a group of guerilla fighters that would do John Rambo proud. Hey even Rambo never drank blood! Anyway as far fetched as this movie may be, you have to remember that ever since Sputnik went up, there was always Russian hysteria up until the final moment the Soviet Union fell apart. For a nostalgic look at 80's life and political views, Red Dawn is a slice of Hollywood history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Cinema, not film, a movie Feb. 21 2004
By A Customer
Here's the deal people
Yes the movie is stupid, yes the movie is unrealistic, and yes it has plot holes so big you could fly a division of russian paratroopers on comercial airliners through it but it is unrealistic and stupid in the right porportions. So if your main pleasure in the cinema experience is trying to catch the continuity editors mis-steps this probably isnt for you. It is a melodramatic, unrealist, star spangled, fantasy but, and this is an important but, entertaining because of those reasons (even to left leaning tree huggers like me). So if that sounds like your deal wrap you and your girl in a flag and enjoy the evening.
It maybe worth saving the 12 bucks and just reading the reviews they are pretty entertaining, but I dont really have room to criticizes since I decided to partake.
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