Three months ago, intrepid Lead Contributor Justin began keeping us
abreast of the latest news concerning the upcoming release of the Red Dawn
remake. Like Justin, I was at first intrigued by Chris Hemsworth’s
latest feature, especially considering I’ve enjoyed his roles thus far.
With it’s release just one week away, what better time than now to
finally queue the original Red Dawn?
A Soviet Union wheat shortage, unrest in South America and the dissolution of NATO signals that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. In the sleepy little All-American town of Calumet, Colorado, enemy soldiers literally descend upon the town and, after quickly killing the Town’s one black man, the high school history teacher (Frank McRae), lay siege upon the heartland. In the chaos, Jed Eckert (Patrick Swayze) rescues his brother Matt (Charlie Sheen) and a handful of other young men and together they seek refuge in the mountains. Months pass, the war drags on, and the boys, surviving forty-miles behind enemy lines, begin to employ guerrilla tactics against the invading forces and adopt the moniker of their high school mascot, the Wolverines, as a symbol of hope.