Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It Is Hard To Believe It Was 32 Years Ago Today

The movie Red Dawn was released in theaters across America. I saw it in Decatur, Alabama and it was the only movie I had ever been to where the audience actually stood and applauded (it went on for at least a couple of minutes as the credits ran on the screen). I suppose the plot of Red Dawn might be difficult to explain to younger generations who had not grown up in the shadow of the Cold War with Russia as America's primary enemy, the direct threat of Communism from commie-bloc countires, duck and cover drills at school, etc. However, much of the film was very plausible for the time it was made. The movie had horrible reviews from critics, but was fairly successful at the box office and is cult classic now in "re-run land". Starring in the film was Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, etc. Other memorable characters fore me were Powers Boothe  playing the part of Air Force Lt. Col Andrew Tanner and Ben Johnson as Mr. Mason. As a note of smaller significance, the movie was the first to be rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America. If anyone has not seen it, it it is well worth watching. 


  1. Red dawn, soylent green and 1984. As each of my children became/becomes a teen I watch those with them


  2. I remember I was attending a class on Law Enforcement I was invited to by a friend when the instructor commented about Red Dawn. He was laughing and saying that the movie was getting abysmal reviews because it was a slap across the face to Liberals and peaceniks across the nation.

    32 years later, the movie still gives them diaper rash :D

  3. I thought it was great and couldn't wait to buy an AK-47!


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