August 11, 2009, - 10:47 am

Happy 25th, “Red Dawn”: Important Movie Survives While Star Fights Cancer (Being Remade w/Chinese Threat)

By Debbie Schlussel

This is one of those things that makes you feel old.  But it’s especially auspicious, since we’re now in a statist trend in America, under a big brother President.

Yesterday, August 10th, was the official 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. It was released on August 10, 1984 amidst the Reagan Revolution.  And in many ways it was symbolic of why it was so important for the Reagan Era to succeed over Communism.

“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on our own Western Hemisphere, in Latin America, who were around then–like Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega–are back or have been replaced by far worse, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales.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, is fighting a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. 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 to America in starring in “Red Dawn.” And we should keep him in our prayers.

You might not know this but “Red Dawn” is, in fact, being remade. It begins filming, next month, in Michigan, for a 2010 release. Unfortunately, it’s not being remade as it should be–with Islam as the threat to America’s survival. Instead, the storyline has a Chinese invasion (along with some Russian soldiers, too). And it stars such “great actors” as Connor Cruise, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s adopted son.

Cruise will play Daryl, the son of the mayor in Spokane, which is being overrun by Chinese and Russian soldiers.

Don’t watch for it to have the impact or to be quite the cult classic as the original “Red Dawn.” I’m sure it won’t be nearly as good.  Read more about the remake here.



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15 Responses

I had just graduated from college in 1984, and was in Officer Basic in the Army when this came out. I have always loved this movie and still do. It shows America at its best when times are tough, and how we really do fight back against terror.

Agnes B. Bullock on August 11, 2009 at 11:23 am


SG: You did not read this post. I wrote about that. DS

Shy Guy on August 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

How can you have a movie where Radical Islamist’s invade and control part of the US? No Islamic nation has the capabilities to make it across the sea and invade. Also if it did happen the teens in the movie would be acting as insurgents to defend their homeland. Its more logical to use China as they may be a threat in the near future.

Also, ive been meaning to ask this since you ran that article about the sacrifice of our soldiers and showed a military cemetery and remarked how there were no crescents in it. While there are now Muslims in the military were you saying then that they dont deserve our respect for giving their life in defense of this nation? How bout that Muslim Captain who lured away a suicide bomber driving a car so it wouldn’t hit his men? Do we ignore that simply because he is Muslim.

nakruh on August 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Classic movie that at the time was derided for the violence. Violence was illustrated because that’s exactly what happens when a country is invaded.

If it were to take place in west bloomfield or ann arbor it would look like a news reel from WWII when the french welcomed the nazis with open arms.

Joe on August 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I wouldnt call over 300,000 french soldiers dead at the hands of the invading German army welcoming with open arms.

nakruh on August 11, 2009 at 2:11 pm

How about the vichy french, jack ass.

Joe on August 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

One of the best kill a commie for mommy movies. We need more of these, and less of that hug a laddy for daddy nonsense.

Ray on August 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Indeed, it wasn’t that the French welcomed them, they just weren’t prepared to stop them and were forced to capitulate as a result. It’s all about being prepared for the worst, even if you don’t expect it. Otherwise bad people will force you to capitulate and submit to them.

Ray on August 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I would agree. France’s leadership failed to prepare for the inevitable conflict satisfactorily, and later refused to take the initiative against Germany after war was formally declared. While Germany was still dealing with Poland, France could have reoccupied the Ruhr, which would have devastated the Reich’s war effort. But, the time between September 1939 and May 1940 was squandered. Daladier failed France in its hour of need.

    Sorrow01 on August 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Sorry, but Red Dawn was laughably lame. Now, when it comes to “movies to watch in college while drinking heavily”, it’s hilarious!

Rhoobarb on August 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I guess we know what you did in college. Do you have any other unintended admissions to make?

    Sorrow01 on August 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Red Dawn is a very good movie that shows exactly what could happen if liberals were running things. I remember watching it during the Cold War and thinking the Cuban troops heading straight for the gun stores for gun registrations so they could round up American gun owners being quite prophetic.

I immediately bought the laser disc to show friends and neighbors. Most of them liked it too.

The sad thing is that it may happen for real if things continue and it would be China that would invade us.They probably would overrun this country with millions of Chinese solders and would win by their sheer numbers since we no longer have civil defense programs.

ScottyDog on August 11, 2009 at 6:08 pm

One interesting aspect of that film was its portrayal of collaboration with the enemy. The mayor, and later his son, cooperate with the invading Soviet forces. I can imagine quite a few of our politicians doing the same, if the necessity arose.

Sorrow01 on August 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

RED DAWN, a classic movie? CASABLANCA, CITIZEN KANE, GODFATHER & GF2, PLAY MISTY FOR ME, H.O.T.S., those were classics.

arsanfan on August 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Watch your TV on September 20, 2009. The Chinese Communist flag will be flying over the South Lawn of the White House. China is more of a threat than people in the U.S. think it is.

Scott on September 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

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