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by Mark on 8/13/2007

I find it sadly ironic that Don Willmott thinks this film deserves only two stars. There's nothing outrageous or jingoistic about it. In fact, it's a remarkably prescient portrayal of the battle we currently face against Islamist Fascisim, unprotected borders, and the citizens' right and responsibility to keep and bear arms. The two tragic heroes of the film (portrayed by Patrick Swayze and a very young Charlie Sheen) demonstrate what liberal Hollywood hates to admit - that citizens, even high school students, must be taught survival skills and the safe, effective use of firearms, just in case the worst happens. Some would say the brothers Eckert failed in their mission. They would be wrong. The same is true of the many casulaties of any war, including the current one.<br> <br> The main message of this film is that your safety and freedom cannot be provided by the Government. This is true whether the threat is an organized force as in this film, disorganized but dedicated terrorist cells, or individual predatory criminals bound on destroying your life, liberty, and property.<br> <br> This movie isn't for everyone. If you think that the likes of Barbara Streisand, Jane Fonda, Sigourney Weaver, and George Clooney hold the brain trust on political wisdom, don't even bother. It won't be for you if you can't see past the surface scenario based in a historical context set before the fall of the Berlin wall. But if you recognize that this country's Founders also fought against tremendous odds with little more than their own personal will and determination to earn the freedom we now enjoy, and that liberty is a precious trust that must be earned with each generation, then maybe you are ready for Red Dawn.

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Russian paratroopers invade a small american city but are foiled by the heroic efforts of a group of local teens who carry out acts of military sabotage.


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204505167
UPC 027616081315
UPC 14 00027616081315
Format DVD
Release Date 7/17/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Swayze,Patrick
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Cast & Crew
Barry Beckerman - Producer
Basil Poledouris - Original Music By
Brad Savage - Actor
Buzz Feitshans - Producer
C. Thomas Howell - Actor
Charlie Sheen - Actor
Harry Dean Stanton - Actor
Jennifer Grey - Actor
John Milius - Director
John Milius - Writer
Kevin Reynolds - Writer
Lea Thompson - Actor
Patrick Swayze - Actor
Powers Boothe - Actor
Ric Waite - Cinematographer
Thom Noble - Editor
Vincent M. Cresciman - Art Director
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Review Red Dawn charges off to an exciting start as a war picture and then gets all confused in moralistic handwriting, finally sinking in the sunset...Sometime in the future, the United States stands alone and vulnerable to attack, abandoned by its allies. Rather than an all-out nuclear war Soviet and Cuban forces bomb selectively and then launch a conventional invasion across the southern and northwest borders...Dawn takes place entirely in a small town taken by surprise by paratroopers. Grabbing food and weapons on the run, a band of teens led by Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell makes it to the nearby mountains as the massacre continues below...Swayze, Howell and the other youngsters are all good in their parts.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Swayze,Patrick
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review Good action flick and the first PG13 movie.
Richard Scheib, The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review amusing x-ray of all the underlying anxieties of the Reagan administration...

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