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- Language: : English, Russian, Spanish
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.6 x 10.64 x 2.85 cm; 173.88 Grams
- Director : John Milius
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 54 minutes
- Release date : April 1 2003
- Actors : Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Darren Dalton
- Studio : MGM (Warner)
- Producers : Barry Beckerman, Buzz Feitshans, Sidney Beckerman
- ASIN : 0792837797
- Writers : John Milius, Kevin Reynolds
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #806 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
- Customer Reviews:
Truly ridiculous but somehow moving, this right-wing paranoid fantasy by John Milius (The Wind and the Lion) from 1984 concerns a Soviet takeover of the United States and a band of ragtag adolescents who metamorphose into freedom fighters. One can laugh at the notion of Nicaraguans, Cubans, and Russians having worked out a master plan to invade America, but Milius's account of how such a grim day affects a small Western town really does get under one's skin. The cast--most of whom were not yet stars (Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had probably never heard of a script called Dirty Dancing at the time)--are quite persuasive as nice kids who come to recognize the tragedy of their lost innocence through fierce, uncompromising struggle. Powers Boothe is very good as a pilot who briefly comes to their aid, and Harry Dean Stanton is stirring as a solid working man and father who represents the virtues his sons are fighting for. The DVD release includes production notes, the original theatrical trailer, trivia, scene access, and an optional widescreen presentation. --Tom Keogh
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First, as a look back to see actors who later became major stars. Second, to see such a film made in pre-CGI days. I haven't seen the re-make, but so many films today feature really ridiculous numbers of people in computer-generated battlefield encounters. This film went the other way, with seemingly, a dozen or so parachutists being a major invasion force. If I were invading the US, naturally I'd take out a school first.
Film quality wasn't up to today's standards of course, but was very acceptable. Sadly the 4:3 format hadn't been well converted to wide screen and Swayze and others looked a tad squashed in the process.
The proposition that such a small group of young people could wage such effective guerrilla war is far-fetched, but to enjoy this story, you need to suspend reality. The acting was pretty good.
In summary, with some flaws, it still stands above so many films that are produced today. Worth a watch.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable romp, The plot of a Soviet/Cuban? attack on the US is so far fetched, but America at the time would have believed it possible. Has anyone seen Doomsday Preppers on NatGeo, that lets you know what the state of mind of some US citizens is today.
What bothers me is I cannot place the Russian villain, he was in loads in the 80's and always a bad guy.
WOLVERINES!!!!!! Got to love it.
This film was great value, fast delivery and in great condition - Many thanks