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Red Dawn

Year: 1994
Production Co: United Artists
Director: John Milius
Writer: John Milius/Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, C Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Harry Dean Stanton
It's brat pack Rambo as the hottest young stars of the day team up in for The Breakfast Club does The Day After.

Okay, enough jokes about the premise and the all-too photogenic actors. It's an interesting concept and a well-crafted execution as Soviet Russia and Cuba join forces to wage a land-based invasion on the USA. That's the first fanciful part - even by 1994 soldiers didn't advance fronts with guns in hand.

The other fanciful part is that a group of desperate teenagers in a small Midwestern town teach themselves to be guerrilla fighters and exact a prolonged and soon legendary standoff against the invaders.

John Conan Milius does a good job but it gets tired before long, descending into just another war movie once the thrilling initial conceit of the film is unveiled.

Noted at the time for being honoured by the Guinness Bok of Records as the most violent film (calculated by acts of violence per minute, otherwise they musn't have seen Dawn of the Dead or Driller Killer) and the debut of both Charlie Sheen and the big screen writing of Kevin Waterworld Reynolds.

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