Red Dawn (1984) – Encore Review 2


“All that hate’s gonna burn you up, kid.” – Col. Andy Tanner

“It keeps me warm.” – Robert

Number of Times Seen – Who knows?? (Theater in ’84, cable, video, DVD, 25 Nov 2014, 10 May 2020 and 2 Sep 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Following a Russian invasion of the US, a group of teenagers take to the mountains and use a guerrilla tactics against the enemy.

My Take on it – Such an amazingly poignant movie for its time.

The film came out during the waning days of the Cold War and manages to feel so realistic for all that it does.

On the surface, the overall premise sounds very far fetched, but when paying attention to what is said and done in the story, it comes across feeling much more realistic in all that transpires.

The cast is great and filled with many brat packers who were less familiar at the time, but who are very recognizable today.

The action scenes are choreographed really well and that helps make this so much more powerful to watch and see how it all unfolds.

This was among the films that caused them to add the PG-13 rating and it’s always funny seeing how tame it seems according to today’s standards.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film made the Guinness Book of Records for having the most acts of violence of any film up to that time. According to their calculations, one hundred thirty-four acts of violence occur per hour, or 2.23 per minute. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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