April 21, 2009, - 11:51 am

“Red Dawn”: Important Movie Marks 25th Anniversary, as Star Fights Heroic Battle Against Cancer

By Debbie Schlussel
This is one of those things that makes you feel old. Some movie publicists tell me that Thursday is the 25th anniversary of an important movie, “Red Dawn,” which depicts a Soviet Communist invasion of America and a band of American teens–the “Wolverines”–who heroically fight them off. (IMDB differs and says it was released on August 10, 1984, so I’ll repost on this, again, then.)
American Cinemathique sent me word that the organization will be marking “Red Dawn’s” 25th anniversary with a special showing and discussion at the historic, restored Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, on Thursday Night at 7:30 p.m. So if you live in the Los Angeles area, this is a great opportunity to see this excellent movie as it was meant to be seen–on the big screen. More details here.


“Red Dawn” Trailer . . .

Although it was panned by many critics (a/k/a liberals) at the time, “Red Dawn” is a great movie that stands the test of time . . . if you realize that the Communist threat of yesterday in the movie could easily be the Islamic threat of today, taking over our country unless we stop them. Only a few years after “Red Dawn” came out, the Soviet Union fell. But several of the Communist leaders on our own Western Hemisphere, in Latin America, who were around then–like Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega–are back or have been replaced by far worse, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales.
As I wrote in a previous column:

At the time it came out, we were in the midst of fighting the Soviets and other forces of Communist hegemony in the Cold War. That’s why despite universal critical panning, the movie was a box office success, with Americans paying to see it in droves. It was an important film that embodied the fight Ronald Reagan was preventing in our future by fighting–and beating–it during his Presidency. If only President Bush had done the same in the last 6.5 years, instead of kowtowing to it. Unlike Ronald Reagan, his actions insure that “Black Dawn” will not just be a movie.

I’ve always said that “Red Dawn” and “Arlington Road” are both great movies that should be remade into timely movies with Muslims replacing Communists and homegrown militias. They are the current threat. But Hollywood refuses to believe it. Given that mentality, it’s in fact miraculous that “Red Dawn” was ever made. Don’t look for “Green Dawn” or “Black Dawn”–about the Muslim invasion–to ever get greenlit.
And as we celebrate this great, important movie, let’s not forget its star, Patrick Swayze, whose heroic battle against pancreatic cancer has taken a turn for the worse. He has lived far longer than most who are struck with this horrible disease. And, even though I’ve been critical of some of his political statements in the past (here and here), I don’t forget his contribution in starring in “Red Dawn.” And we should keep him in our prayers.


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14 Responses

I would love to see a movie based loosely on Robert Ferrigno’s “Prayers for the Assassin.” The preface of the book is very chilling.

cirrus1701 on April 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm

“Age of Tolerance; From Al to allah” is another book that would make a great movie and the threat islam and the PC crowd pose to America.

janice on April 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

This is also the original “PG-13” movie from the MPAA. Wolverines!!

Yiddish Steel on April 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Although on the depressing side, “Red Dawn” is one of my favorite movies !!
Quite accurate where the Cuban Communist Commander tells his men to go to the gun and hardware stores to get all the Form 4473’s to find out who has purchased firearms.
Soon the UN will be doing that…..
Lock & Load, people !!!

Shootist on April 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Well if you wanted to invade America the first target of course would be LA! Then go to the next liberal state and so forth and so on. Then be ready to fight when you go into the conservative states where you know we are armed and ready to fight unlike LA who just go to their knees and do the bob down dance! Would not be much of a fight in DC either as long as you go right to the White house and other places where the liberal scum is collecting like moss!

ohboyohboy on April 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm

don’t believe anything that tabloid has to say-it is pure trash. I heard he is doing fairly well, and I hope he continues to do so.

mindy1 on April 21, 2009 at 1:56 pm

This is completely off-topic, but has anyone been following the blog war going on now between LGF’s Charles Johnson and Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer? It is getting way over the top.
Elder of Ziyon had a post about it last week:

ibn Abu on April 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm

The communist threat is just as dangerous as it was in the 80’s. Much of Russia misses Stalinism, I think. China is still communist, though it has adopted some capitalist ways. Most of Europe is socialist, even though they are republics or democracies with a parlimentary system. Most of south and central America is socialist, and the Castro brothers, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua are taking the lead. It wouldn’t be that hard for them to get Mexico on board, and then there could really be an invasion just like in the movie “Red Dawn”.

rtaylor174 on April 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Red Dawn had a huge effect on me because showed the horrors of young people having to fight a guerilla war on US soil (the opening scene of invading paratroopers dropping out of the sky and the scene showing the male schoolteacher being shot will forever be etched in my memory). The movie fictionalized what actually does occur in many other countries; young teenagers have to take up arms and engage in guerilla warfare against an invading force. But until I saw the film, I could never fathom American kids having to do this. And given that I was young when I first saw it, the movie scared the hell out of me. Many critics dismissed the movie as jingoistic (huh???), but I thought it was one of the most powerful antiwar movies ever made. I felt for and rooted for those kids (Wolverines!!!) because I was around their age when I first saw the film. Years later, I still get glued to this film every time I catch it while channel-flipping. Thanks for the reminder Debbie…I might have to go ahead and pick up the DVD.

JibberJabber on April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Love that movie!
Kids who were taught to responsibly handle guns, bravely taking on commie invaders.

mplumb on April 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I recorded “Red Dawn” to dvd awhile ago.
While it was good, Mussolini’s Italian made Ayn Rand work, “We the Living (“Noi Vivo)” was better, perhaps because of the more philosophical bent of Miss Rand (Alice Rosenbaum).
Also, Robert Spencer and Pam Gellar have to fight back against the smears of LGF. The complaints of “The Elder of Zyion” notwithstanding.

Underzog on April 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Apparently there is a remake in the works which will be influenced by the “post 9-11 world” we are in. The trac record of remakes isn’t terribly inspiring, but I thought I’d give y’all a heads up.

FeynmanFanGirl on April 21, 2009 at 11:58 pm

“Apparently there is a remake in the works which will be influenced by the “post 9-11 world” we are in. The trac record of remakes isn’t terribly inspiring, but I thought I’d give y’all a heads up.
Posted by: FeynmanFanGirl”
Let me guess the title and a brief description of the movie, because we all know hollywood is dieing to make a movie telling the truth about fundamental islam.
The movie is about how the white racist man made the peaceful muslims mad by invading, occupying, forcing democracy on them and killing their women and children. And the name of the movie is “White Dawn”.

INFINITE on April 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Love the movie. Hate the fact that people are seriously focused on this as reality. It’s a movie people!

Jared Daniels on August 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

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