Red Dawn
Red Dawn (1984)

Set at an indeterminate point in the future, this drama with an overt anti-communist message begins as an ostensible war movie: Russian and Cuban forces have invaded the U.S. and are viciously eliminating the inhabitants of a small town,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 10, 1984
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Red Dawn may be far from the most plausible action movies of the 1980s, but it's easily among the most memorable.

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Rob Vaux

Red Dawn knows what it wants to say; it just has a hard time saying it, and too often it goes for the easy score instead of really delving into the possibilities of the scenario.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The smartest/dumbest movie of 1984.

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Jason Bailey

When it was released in late summer of 1984, it was a big hit, which shouldn't come as a surprise; this was the year when Reagan won the presidency in a landslide, and if nothing else, 'Red Dawn' plays like a Reaganite masturbatory fantasy.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Certainly a silly Conservative leaning product of its decade, but one that still holds cache as a fun and exciting bit of escapism...

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Released in the midst of renewed Cold War nuclear dread, Red Dawn doesn't starve for unintended wackiness.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The notion that any enemy would concern itself with Red State real estate is only slightly less believable than the notion that beer-guzzling yahoos would ward off such invaders when in reality they would just get drunk and shoot off their own toes.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Controversial, bloody 1980s WWIII film with teen heroes.

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Scott Weinberg

C'mon: The Dirty Dozen meets The Breakfast Club? That's just awesome.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Set in an alternate 80's this film is based around the notion that the US is evaded by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies. So its… More
Dean King
An entertaining non-stop action film, but plot wise not a lot happens. A bunch of kids hold up in the mountains when Russia and Cuban forces invade America at… More
Melvin White
Jed Eckert: One thing's for sure now... No one can ever go home again. Never.  "In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil. Until… More
Aj V
This movie is cool for two reasons: the great teen cast and the blending of the teen and war dramas into a timely horror story. I think this movie could have… More
Manu Gino
The invading armies planned for everything - except for eight kids called "The Wolverines." Decent 80's movie!vThis is one of those films you… More
Alex roy
Red Dawn is one of the most over exaggerated war films that I have ever seen. Yet there is something so appealing about it, that you can't dismiss it as… More