Red Dawn Movie Review Summary

Actors: Patrick Swayze, Powers Boothe, Jennifer Grey

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The US has not had to fight a war on its own soil for 150 years... until now. Set during the Cold War Era, Red Dawn explores the lives of eight teenagers (and at one time a shot down Air Force Colonel) that engage in guerrila warfare after their town has been invaded by Cuba and Russia.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Trent Perkins

When the Russians and the Cubans invade, Jed (Patrick Swayze) drives his Chevy pick up truck to the school picking up his brother Matt (Charlie Sheen), friend Robert (C. Thomas Howell), and other fellow students and moves them out of harms way. They proceed to Robert's Dad's gas station and load up on everything from food to guns and ammunition. Heading for the mountains, the all male crew sets up camp and plots out their strategy for survival.

Along with the battle scenes, there are some eerie scenes showing what a communist US would look like.
The review of this Movie prepared by Matt Mirmak

This film is a war thriller set in the early 1980's about a small group of high school aged friends who escape the Soviet/communist invasion of the United States that starts World War III. They gather supplies and form a guerrila regime to attempt to defeat the invading armies. As the film proceeds, the morale of the characters begins to fade as they realize that they are facing a very powerful enemy.   
The review of this Movie prepared by Paul

In the mid-1980's an escalating chain of events leads to the dissolution of NATO and the invasion of the United States by forces of the USSR and its allies. During the invasion and occupation of their hometown, a group of teenagers, including a star quarterback and a student body president, escape into the Colorado Rockies. There they begin an ambitous guerrilla war against the Soviets. Taking the name of the football team, the Wolverines, the guerrillas attempt hold out long enough for Free America to rescue them. In the end, only two survive, the rest haven given their lives so that America "shall not perish from the Earth".
The review of this Movie prepared by Stephen May

It is the 1980's and the cold war is still there. Sitting in class in high school students see Soviet paratoopers landing in the Invasion of the USA. Escaping the school where most are captured, some students escape into the mountains and start to wage gureilla warfare against the invaders in defense of their nation. They infict a heavy number of invader casualties, while losing most of their own in their epic struggle for freedom and survival.
The review of this Movie prepared by Adam O'Donnell

A Cold War movie about a group of teenagers who take to the Rocky Mountains when a Soviet-led invasion takes over their hometown. They inflict serious casualties on the local garrison, and a determined general tries to hunt them down, wearing down on their unity. If you don't care about political or historical accuracy, you should enjoy it.   
The review of this Movie prepared by Rob

Script Analysis of Red Dawn

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 45%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 35%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army    -   Civilian Resistance Specific to    -   near future war

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fort/military installation    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Kind of violence:    -   air battles    -   land battles    -   nuclear/unconventional war    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding vehicles    -   exploding bombs

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