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Red Dawn

1984
Drama
Action
1h 54m
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (imdb)
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Red Dawn

1984
Drama
Action
1h 54m
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Rated 20 May 2008
100
98th
It is a well known fact that the USSR collapsed when the Soviets realized they could not defeat Patrick Swayze
Rated 08 Nov 2009
10
0th
To describe this film as the work of right-wing fantasists would be an insult to right-wing fantasists everywhere. It is not merely mediocre: nearly every scene shows that those responsible felt committed to presenting a kind of “powerful nightmare”, in order to reawaken some sort of masculine, militaristic American will, which they perceived as having been dangerously weakened over the course of the twentieth century. The result is literally unbelievable.
Rated 09 May 2008
26
15th
Right wing political garbage disguised as an action film. It's amazing to see how many digs it can make against leftist political views. Don't support gun registration because if you do then when the reds invade they can use that information to FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE. I may have been hard on you as a child son but now you know why. That's right, now you're prepared for the commie invasion. What? You'll take my gun from my cold dead hands. Gun is then taken from cold dead hands. So bad it's funny.
Rated 15 Sep 2009
80
16th
It's fun to laugh at just how precisely John Milius is like Walter Sobchak.
Rated 12 Apr 2012
85
82nd
Just when this movie couldn't possibly get any better, Powers Boothe falls from the sky. You know me, John Milius. You know me well.
Rated 10 Feb 2011
20
4th
This is...wrong... so very many shapes and shades of wrong. Especially the fact that it's neither tongue-in-cheek nor 80s-gung-ho action, but a _serious_ movie, makes it almost unfathomably propagandistic. Harry Dean Stanton shouting AVENGE ME! to his sons was a particularly enjoyable moment, and if the movie hadn't been so damn boring, it would definitely had made the Guilty Pleasure list.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
33
3rd
AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!
Rated 23 Jul 2011
50
12th
As an action film, it's marginal. As a serious drama it's negligible. As a cheesy, gung-ho piece of Reaganist patriotic propaganda, it's fucking Citizen Kane!!! This movie's crap, but for some weird un-explainable reason, if it's on, I wind up watching it.
Rated 03 Dec 2012
65
42nd
Avenge me son. AVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENGE ME"
Rated 27 Mar 2010
28
19th
Along with Top Gun, Red Dawn's a ridiculously implausible 80's propaganda piece that alternates between unintentional comedy and Republican masturbation fantasy. Somewhat surprised there isn't a glistening snow-volleyball scene.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
11th
Not really any different than the one-dimensional flag waving movies you see elsewhere. A shame, too. Amazing premise.
Rated 27 Jan 2007
65
29th
Typically I love anti-Commie propaganda, but since I didn't see this movie as a kid, I couldn't help but notice how corny it is.
Rated 12 Nov 2009
65
45th
WOLVERINES! It's so hard to rank movies like this. I know for a fact it's not a good movie. I'm not going to debate the cinematic merits of it with anyone. But I will be damned if I don't enjoy the hell out of this movie every time I watch it. It's goofy 80's cheesy action fun. Ignore the fact that the kids never miss with a bullet and forget about the incredibly melodramatic dialogue. Just give it a chance and you may just have a good time.
Rated 25 Nov 2006
35
24th
This film is a relic of the 80s in every single way; acting, directing, subject matter, and writing. It is cringe inducing cheese, but at least there are moments they try to inject a bit of humanity into it. Worth a view, but don't expect much.
Rated 26 Oct 2013
50
13th
Should have been entitled Dusk Dawn to highlight it's oxymoronic nature.
Rated 22 Jun 2010
61
36th
Take that ya dirty commies!
Rated 18 Sep 2012
82
81st
Ah yes the 80's. The Red Scare at it's height and Red Dawn capitalizes. Though definitely cheesy and ridiculous I still love it. The idea of High School kids bringing down the trained armies of foreign countries is a pretty cool thought. As a kid who hated "the commies" a few of the scenes had me fist pumping.
Rated 28 Nov 2013
87
73rd
An 80's camp classic.
Rated 26 Jan 2014
44
34th
The melodramatic dialogue never works at all, from the father-son talks, to the death scenes, to the closing narration, and that makes it hard to take seriously. However, at times it's pretty effective as an action film, even it's laughable and forgettable as a propaganda film.
Rated 15 Aug 2009
3
2nd
Red-neck Dawn
Rated 26 Jan 2014
33
1st
Jingoistic fear mongering nonsensical garbage. Not that I had high hopes for a cold war action film, but the overwrought emotional dialogue and the sheer absurdity of the narrative, played completely straight, makes this really tedious to sit through. Some of the 'smaller' moments and intrafactional tensions are not bad, though.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
27
6th
Ultra-reactionary flag-wavery that makes Top Gun look like Battleship Potemkin both in terms of ideology and film-making. But certainly good for a laugh or ten for lines like "Well, when you grow up... then you'll know these things, Danny. Now get up here and piss in the radiator" and the continuing conundrum of "why the hell are the Russians, Cubans and Nicaraguans so hell-bent on defending a small town in the Rockies, and how can they suck so badly at it if they took LA within a few hours?"
Rated 21 Oct 2011
45
29th
So sincerely fascist, it's hysterical. Reprehensible and basically terrible, but hysterical.
Rated 22 Mar 2009
52
12th
Hilariously Bad. And what the fuck is with those matching duffel coats??
Rated 21 Aug 2014
60
4th
I may be a staunch liberal Democrat, but I'm also a lifelong cinephile. I do not need a movie to reflect my own worldview in order to appreciate its effectiveness. The problem with Red Dawn, for me, is not so much the paranoid nationalism of its ideas or the macho fantasy of their execution. It's the lack of nuance given to the undeveloped characters, stiff action sequences and overly reductive plot. In short, not only is it conservative bullshit, it's boring conservative bullshit.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
58
61st
Because the first place I would take over if I was Cuban would be small-town Montana. Wolverines!
Rated 30 Aug 2016
51
21st
Burdened with obvious political subtexts, this is a mixed success. There is genuine tension created in the efficient opening scenes, tapping into the sense of unease prevalent at the time it was made. The rest of it is preposterous, and much of the goodwill created by the idea of a plucky group of youngsters making a stand is undone by how quickly they become efficient killing machines. The fringe-Brat Pack cast is decent, but the material frequently isn't. One for nostalgists.
Rated 06 Apr 2017
55
30th
Red Yawn.
Rated 13 Feb 2007
35
13th
Poor.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
17th
Totally forgettable, except for the scene where that one dude pees in the radiator of his truck.
Rated 30 Aug 2007
4
3rd
Stinker.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
97th
I can tell this movie isn't very good, but there is something that's just incredibly charming about the movie. There's something really really special to it that makes the movie irresistable to me. Technically, it's not a good film but there's something realyl wonderful to it that I simply can't put a finger on.
Rated 22 Mar 2008
75
53rd
This is everything that a cheesy 80's action movie should be!
Rated 20 Feb 2008
1
10th
Wow this is so realistic, especially for a 75-minute-long G.I. Joe commercial. Probably the best right-wing propaganda film to come out of the cold war era.
Rated 17 Nov 2007
40
15th
Absolutely retarded, but a bit entertaining it its own cheesy 80s way. I can only wonder what type of man cranks this stuff out with a straight face.
Rated 28 Sep 2007
30
12th
There are some people who swear this is like the coolest movie ever, or consider it a classic. I really can't understand that at all, it was fucking terrible. It's worth laughing at for its ridiculously over the top red scare, nationalistic tone, but really this movie is not good, stop pretending it is.
Rated 17 Aug 2022
50
20th
Patrick Swayze was nice but this movie was scary for me as a kid. Also, what are the odds? Kinda low I'm thinking.
Rated 07 Oct 2013
31
13th
Oh wow, this is some pretty terrible propaganda, and pretty bad film even if you ignore the political bias.
Rated 09 Dec 2012
80
63rd
"I fucking love Chex!" GO WOLVERINES
Rated 09 Dec 2012
72
51st
Perfectly aged cheese. Go Wolverines or go home.
Rated 24 Nov 2022
60
44th
If I had to poop in the woods with no toilet paper, I'm walking back into town turning myself in.
Rated 19 Oct 2012
60
37th
Suck it, Ivan!
Rated 14 Aug 2012
30
13th
Corny cold-war era fear mongering.
Rated 17 Apr 2012
76
44th
Not great, but still an iconic 80s film that deserves to be recognised.
Rated 06 Jul 2023
40
38th
A half dozen American high-schoolers vs. the Russian army. Sure. Why not. It's some A-Team style action and stuff blowin' up. Fun to see the young stars of the 80s at least.
Rated 23 May 2024
50
48th
Full of young-looking but recognisable faces, it’s not a good film but distracting enough. Becomes mostly bland action scenes of the guys attacking the commies, with little character development for most, and is full of unanswered questions (Where do the group get their weaponry and intelligence? Why are the invaders so inept?). Considering it’s a completely fictitious war the film takes itself very seriously, which does create an ominous tone at first but then becomes laughable by the end.
Rated 26 Jun 2024
20
8th
Plot 6/20 Fiction 2/20 Casting/Acting 7/20 Worldbuilding 4/20 Entertainment 1/20
Rated 11 Dec 2012
85
76th
Terrorism is totally cool guys, as long as it's against an foreign invader.... Oh...
Rated 15 Aug 2022
70
53rd
AVENGEMElol+leagetshardcore+havetokillown+coptergetsgirl-killmesoicanttalk-icant+assaultbaselolguyletsthemgo
Rated 02 Jun 2013
40
19th
Bad 80s movie is actually pretty bad. That is why it was remade.
Rated 12 Apr 2017
42
40th
worth a watch
Rated 28 Nov 2021
95
95th
Love this movie. Yes, cheesy but so good
Rated 14 Mar 2020
1
0th
Tone-deaf, humorless, propogandistic garbage.
Rated 03 Jun 2019
50
4th
Viewed June 2, 2019. Directed with a steely self-seriousness that lends itself to a few compelling images, but also a lot of overwrought, deeply boring stuff devoid of personality or excitement.
Rated 03 Nov 2018
30
6th
I got some ironic enjoyment out of it, but overall it was still trash.
Rated 04 May 2014
0
1st
Right wing propaganda disguised as an action film mind numbingly dumb premise equals big fat ZERO.
Rated 21 Sep 2018
85
75th
WOLVERINES!! Ridiculously silly, gung-ho right wing war film might be offensive if a frame of it could be taken seriously; thanks to Milius' sturdy direction and some surprisingly solid and committed performances from its cast, this 'war against the commies' might be ideologically suspect, but it is incredibly entertaining, with Stanton's 'AVENGE MEEEEEEEE!!!' and Swayze's painfully earnest rabble rousing speeches just a few shake-your-head highlights.
Rated 05 Jul 2015
64
37th
Pretty entertaining 80's action. Cheesy and campy at times, but can get serious too.
Rated 16 Mar 2018
80
80th
I want that sidequel about the scarecrows in Denver. Or a bigger scale reboot but still set in 1984.
Rated 17 Aug 2015
15
1st
This movie exceeded by far my worst expectations. None of the scenes gets even close to making any sense. Rambo or Commando are realistic in comparison. The enemies must be the most stupid in the history of cinema. The heroes are so incredibly annoying that you celebrate when one of them dies.
Rated 14 Jun 2017
10
1st
Had this film been made by the Russians, it would likely be decried by America as a deplorable propaganda piece. Ludicrous in every way but not even remotely entertaining, and without a single interesting character or set-piece, it perpetually falls flat under the weight of its unlikable message.
Rated 27 Mar 2008
70
37th
Wolverines!!!
Rated 11 Feb 2009
55
60th
A guilty pleasure of mine.
Rated 12 Jan 2009
80
61st
More a guilty pleasure than a genuinely great movie.
Rated 11 Jan 2009
45
44th
Those Rooskies sure are some cold-blooded child killers, working themselves up into a frenzy just like that Ghenghis Khan we learned about in history class. It's astounding how this film is so unthinking and matter-of-fact about its insane premise. There isn't even a proper prologue, that's taken care of in a few lines of on-screen text. Some priceless scenes here. Seems ripe for a re-make set in Iraq, roles reversed, of course.
Rated 31 Dec 2008
80
79th
Wolverines!
Rated 01 Dec 2008
8
3rd
Lad os nakke de forban... kommunister inden de tager vores fædreland...
Rated 09 Nov 2008
75
49th
Awesome movie when I was a kid.
Rated 27 Oct 2008
20
10th
I hated the main characters so much that I really wanted those dirty Russians to win.
Rated 15 Sep 2008
62
25th
It has a good premise and some good scenes. Otherwise it is too flat and at times, ridiculous. DON'T SUPPORT LIBERAL POLITICS!!!! THEY WILL CAUSE THE COMMIES TO COME BEARING DOWN OUR DOOR!!!!
Rated 31 Jul 2008
55
41st
The Soviet special forces invade midwest You Ess of A, and it's up to the local footy squad to save the day... OF COURSE! Craptacular gold
Rated 01 Mar 2009
84
66th
80s Cold War Paranoia at its best.
Rated 13 Nov 2007
90
74th
Very dated, but a movie of my childhood, when Russian were "very. scary. people."
Rated 16 Sep 2007
40
11th
pretty cheesy and very 80's
Rated 15 Aug 2007
65
26th
Jennifer Grey and Lea Thompson may be a little too young to be at their hottest. And the day that the Cuban forces they showed could even get through Texas before being wiped out will be a cold day in Hell. Inplausible, yet somehow still intriguing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
41st
Random bouts of silliness/overacting bring down a few really outstanding scenes. Either way, this is one of those movies everybody oughta see, just on concept alone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
61st
Improbable but good fun from the Red Scare era.
Rated 06 Jul 2007
30
4th
Late Cold War wankfest.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
50
33rd
The Soviet Union and their allies occupy a large part of the United States, and a group of high schoolers become a highly effective guerilla unit in no time at all. Never dull, but gloriously silly
Rated 31 Mar 2007
70
39th
Another movie that stands out as an icon of the 80's. WOLVERINES!
Rated 21 Aug 2010
75
83rd
Fucking commie scum, they should be totally American! Unlike me!
Rated 26 Jul 2011
60
12th
Hysterical but oddly watchable Reagan era gun porn. The tale of a Soviet invasion of the U.S. piles improbability on top of improbability; the harder it tries to be serious, the funnier it gets. The action sequences are oddly static and sterile, hindered in no small part by an apparently meager budget. "AVENNNNGE ME!!!"
Rated 08 Jul 2011
35
10th
A gung-ho action flick that asks you to take it seriously. Don't! On top of that, It's a bore.
Rated 31 Dec 2010
63
32nd
63.000
Rated 20 Oct 2010
40
23rd
I wanted to write a long well thought out review, but BillyShears took the words right out of my mouth!
Rated 17 Oct 2010
30
78th
"Released in the midst of renewed Cold War nuclear dread, Red Dawn doesn't starve for unintended wackiness." - Fernando F. Croce
Rated 14 Oct 2010
72
68th
There were some bad acting and not some not so interesting scenes but even though a good movie.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
62
30th
Hilariously bad nostaliga. Oh Cold War, you so silly.
Rated 30 Aug 2010
95
81st
Wolverines! A little longer than it needed to be, but a classic cold war story that bears watching.
Rated 04 Oct 2011
1
0th
words are useless!
Rated 13 May 2010
35
42nd
AVENGE ME!!!!! AVEEENGE MEEEE!!!
Rated 26 Jan 2010
81
48th
Preposterous, but well-crafted and enjoyable.
Rated 09 Dec 2009
29
5th
Contemptible fable from right-wing idealogue Milius.
Rated 24 Nov 2009
55
50th
I like the premise, and the action is quite good in a classic 80s sort of way. However there's something that just prevents me from really getting into it... probably something to do with the hokey dialog or predictable melodrama.
Rated 23 Sep 2009
75
42nd
The key to enjoying this movie is accepting that a group of teenagers can successfully evade and hold off the combined military might of both the Russians and Cubans. Get past that, and you'll probably enjoy yourself!
Rated 19 Aug 2009
85
65th
Wolveriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiines!!!!!!
Rated 14 Aug 2009
2
10th
Painfully right-wing.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
43
22nd
This popular anti-Communist movie could only have been made during the Reagan administration. Milius certainly knows how to push people's buttons, but this is too hoakily straightfaced even to begin to appreciate its own inherent ridiculousness -- which could have turned a routine no-brain actioner into the _Mommie Dearest_ of Red-bashing fantasy flicks, something Jack Webb would have been proud of.

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