Red Dawn (1984)

114 min-Action | Adventure | Drama- 10 August 1984 (USA)
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 26,372 users  
Reviews: 354 user | 66 critic

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.


John Milius


Kevin Reynolds (story), John Milius (screenplay), and 1 more credit


Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Lea Thompson | See full cast and crew


From out of the sky, Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroopers have attacked the school and sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows, the teens struggle to survive the bitter winter and the Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them. Eventually, trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon they will wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops-under the banner of 'Wolverines!' Written by Derek O'Cain

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

Soviet | High School | Invasion | Wolverine | Student  |


. . . . A Gang of high-school kids become the last line of defence.


Action | Adventure | Drama | Thriller

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English | Russian | Spanish

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Also Known As:

Amanhecer Violento

Filming Locations:

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,230,381 (USA) (12 August 1984) (1822 Screens)


$35,866,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists, Valkyrie Films
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original trailer, on the laserdisc release, includes a scene with a tank rolling up to a McDonald's where enemy soldiers are eating. The scene does not appear in the final cut, and was likely removed due to a mass murder at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, CA, weeks before the film opened.


Continuity: When Jed shoots Strelnikov, Strelnikov drops his gun. A quick camera cut shows Strelnikov falling to his knees with the gun still in his hand.


Matt Eckert: [after Toni and Robert are KIA, the Eckert Brothers plan a diversion while Danny and Erica cross the enemy lines] We're all that's left. Somebody's gotta live. Somebody's gotta make it. Me and Jed, we're all used up.
Erica: I'm never gonna forget... as long as I live.
Matt Eckert: Don't.
Danny: You're never gonna know who won.
Matt Eckert: Who WILL?


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