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  • The first two minutes feels like you're watching The Outsiders but then, I swear to God, paratroopers come out of nowhere and World War III kicks off like you'll never believe

    • by Stephen Filippelli

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      Starring: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, Brad Savage, Powers Boothe, Harry Dean Stanton, Darren Dalton, Doug Toby, Ben Johnson, Lane Smith, William Smith, Vladek Sheybal, Ron O’Neal, and Roy Jenson.

      Directed by: John Milius.

       ”Red Dawn” is simply one of the best World War III movies and war-themed flicks in general, right off the bat. It’s the mid 80s and the setting is a small Colorado town. A normal day is interrupted when an army of Cuban and Soviet paratroopers land down in the empty fields

      near a high school. Jed, his brother Matt, and their friends, Robert, Danny, Aardvark, and Daryl all gather as many weapons and supplies as they can and seek refuge in the mountains.

      Some time later, they return to town to learn of what’s happened. While seeking sanctuary at an old couple’s home, the couple’s granddaughters, Toni and Erica Mason, join the boys as they head back. Together, the group engages in guerrilla warfare tactics and thus begins their own resistance against the Soviet/Cuban threat, calling themselves the Wolverines (named after their ...

      • high school mascot).

        The first two minutes feels like you’re watching “The Outsiders” but then, I swear to God, paratroopers come out of nowhere and World War III kicks off like you’ll never believe. “Red Dawn” depicts a conventional World War III without nuclear bombs (or rather, minimal use of) and is fought on good old American soil. The film follows the group’s many days and battles throughout the invasion, spanning almost across a year’s time.

        “Red Dawn” was filmed and released at the height of the Cold War era and

        is one of those films that handles the topic perfectly and without being too preachy (”Rocky IV” anyone?). The scenario depicted in this film was pretty realistic for its time and is still believable in terms of the Cold War era. These high school kids sure don’t act like they’re from “The Breakfast Club”, “Pretty In Pink”, or any 80s teen film, they are given very in-depth portrayals and performed well by a talented cast. Not only is “Red Dawn” an 80s classic, it is a World War III gem.

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