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Set at an indeterminate point in the future, this drama with an overt anti-communist message begins as an ostensible war movie: Russian and Cuban forces have invaded the U.S. and are viciously eliminating the inhabitants of a small town, when a group of teens escapes and plans a counterattack. Jed (Patrick Swayze), Robert (C. Thomas Howell), and six of their friends watch in amazement as soldiers parachute into their town and start shooting. The teens grab a pickup truck, stock up on supplies at the local store, and head for the hills. Meanwhile, the men in the town -- after a minimal resistance -- are rounded up and held at a drive-in theater converted into a concentration camp. The sadistic Soviet military then make them watch acclaimed Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 classic Sergei Eisenstein, as their punishing rehabilitation begins. Meanwhile, after minimal resistance from the adults, a Cuban, Bella (Ron O'Neal), is put in charge and is not certain how he can really defeat the teen army. The Soviets and Cubans have so far defeated the American Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, but these teens are really something else. After a successful ambush, the teen guerrillas gear up for future forays, when they are suddenly betrayed by one of their number and by doubts about the morality of what they are doing. Red Dawn is noteworthy for being the first movie released with the PG-13 rating, created by the MPAA after public outcry over violent content in the PG-rated Ron O'Neal and Ron O'Neal. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:August 10, 1984


Patrick Swayze
as Jed
C. Thomas Howell
as Robert
Ron O'Neal
as Bella
William Smith
as Strelnikov
Powers Boothe
as Andy
Ben Johnson
as Manson
Lea Thompson
as Erica
Charlie Sheen
as Matt
Darren Dalton
as Daryl
Jennifer Grey
as Toni
Brad Savage
as Danny
Doug Toby
as Aardvark
Harry Dean Stanton
as Eckert
Vladek Sheybal
as Bratchenko
Frank McRae
as Teasdale
Waldemar Kalinowski
as Soldier
Lane Smith
as Mayor Bates
Ben Zeller
as Man at Drive-In
Christopher Janczar
as Soviet Soldier
Zitto Kazann
as Political Officer
Philip L. Mead
as Mr. Barnes
Pepe Serna
as Aardvark's Father
David Keith
George Fisher
as KGB Major
Gene Scherer
as KGB #1
Radames Pera
as Stepan Gorsky
Elan Oberon
as Alicia
Lois Kimbrell
as Mrs. Mason
Roy Jenson
as Mr. Morris
Judd Omen
as Nicaraguan Captain
Ben Schick
as Russian Sergeant


John Milius
Buzz Feitshans
Barry Beckerman
Kevin Reynolds
Book Author
Kevin Reynolds
John Milius
Ric Waite
Joe Kenworthy
Musical Direction/Supervision
Basil Poledouris
Composer (Music Score)
Thom Noble
Jackson de Govia
Production Designer
Sidney Beckerman
Executive Producer
Joe Kenworthy
Sound/Sound Designer
Arne Schmidt
First Assistant Director
Elisabeth Leustig
Casting Associate