History Film / RedDawn1984

26th May '17 7:54:09 PM SCE2AUX
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After the opening narration, we cut to a classroom of teenagers in scenic Colorado. Their little piece of America gets invaded by Soviet and Cuban paratroopers. Six students manage to get away in [[TheHero Jed Eckert]]'s truck and escape to the mountains, where they become guerillas against the new communist regime. They're joined by two girls, Toni and Erica, and later [[TrappedBehindEnemyLines downed pilot]] Colonel Andy Tanner, who teaches them some basic military tactics. Oh, and they have guns.

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After the opening narration, we cut to a classroom of teenagers in scenic Colorado. Their little piece of America gets invaded by Soviet and Cuban paratroopers. Six students manage to get away in [[TheHero Jed Eckert]]'s truck and escape to the mountains, where they become guerillas against the new communist regime. They're joined by two girls, Toni and Erica, and later [[TrappedBehindEnemyLines downed pilot]] Lieutenant Colonel Andy Tanner, who teaches them some basic military tactics. Oh, and they have guns.
9th Apr '17 4:05:19 PM Dingbot
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in Las Vegas. New Mexico. A small town where the plains and mountains meet about 100 miles south of the Colorado line. With the exception of a few mentions that they're in Calumet, Colorado no effort is made at all to hide it's actual location. New Mexico license plates are even visible everywhere. Likely a case of unfortuate implications as moving the setting to Colorado likely justified the monochrome casting. In fairness it might also have to do with Geographic ignorance where many believe New Mexico is not part of the United States. New Mexico magazine even has a humorous section titled "One of our Fifty is Missing" to show examples of this ignorance.
* NoDelaysForTheWicked: The Russians and their communist allies move incredibly fast in the intial invasion. Airborne troops making it all the way to Colorado in the first wave? Implausible but possible. That doesn't quite explain how Russian armored vehicles are already in town to support the paratroopers and set up roadblocks during the initial assault. Mexico is about 600 miles from the middle of Colorado(a 10 hour drive, assuming no stops). Apparently the Russians were hauling ass north, ran into no resistance and didn't have to stop to refuel to make it up there without being noticed and before the school day ended.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in Las Vegas. New Mexico. A small town where the plains and mountains meet about 100 miles south of the Colorado line. With the exception of a few mentions that they're in Calumet, Colorado Colorado, no effort is made at all to hide it's its actual location. New Mexico license plates are even visible everywhere. Likely a case of unfortuate unfortunate implications as moving the setting to Colorado likely justified the monochrome casting. In fairness it might also have to do with Geographic geographic ignorance where many believe New Mexico is not part of the United States. New Mexico magazine even has a humorous section titled "One of our Fifty is Missing" to show examples of this ignorance.
* NoDelaysForTheWicked: The Russians and their communist allies move incredibly fast in the intial initial invasion. Airborne troops making it all the way to Colorado in the first wave? Implausible but possible. That doesn't quite explain how Russian armored vehicles are already in town to support the paratroopers and set up roadblocks during the initial assault. Mexico is about 600 miles from the middle of Colorado(a 10 hour drive, assuming no stops). Apparently the Russians were hauling ass north, ran into no resistance and didn't have to stop to refuel to make it up there without being noticed and before the school day ended.



** Still doesn't explain what happened to the other two-thirds of the nuclear triad. You know, the dozen or so Ohio Class Ballistic Missle Submarines just waiting for the order to fire to come down, or Strategic Air Command, which had the distinct tendency to keep Bombers in the air at all times, just in case SOMETHING EXACTLY LIKE THIS HAPPENED.

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** Still doesn't explain what happened to the other two-thirds of the nuclear triad. You know, the dozen or so Ohio Class Ballistic Missle Submarines Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines just waiting for the order to fire to come down, or Strategic Air Command, which had the distinct tendency to keep Bombers in the air at all times, just in case SOMETHING EXACTLY LIKE THIS HAPPENED.



* ShmuckBait: The Wolverines see a Soviet truck drop some supplies on the road so clumsily that it screams too easy, yet they get them without suspicion and pay the price as a Soviet helicopter attacks.

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* ShmuckBait: The Wolverines see a Soviet truck drop some supplies on the road so clumsily that it screams too easy, yet they get them claim the supplies without suspicion and pay the price as a Soviet helicopter attacks.



* ThirdActStupidity: Near the end of the movie, Jed gets the drop on Colonel Strelnikov by sneaking up behind him. But instead of just shooting him, he first announces his presence with the line "You lose". This gives Strelnikov enough time to open fire on Jed before he dies, inflicting critical injuries.

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* ThirdActStupidity: Near the end of the movie, Jed gets the drop on Colonel Strelnikov by sneaking up behind him. But instead of just shooting him, he first announces his presence with the line line, "You lose". This gives Strelnikov enough time to open fire on Jed before he dies, inflicting critical injuries.



* WarIsHell: Even when things are going well for the Wolverines, WorldWarIII is a living nightmare. We know that the communists are committing atrocitities, and even see some of them, yet almost every Soviet soldier seen up close is a [[NotSoDifferent regular wide-eyed kid seeing the world in the army]], not an evil faceless mook, so killing them is not exactly something to feel good about. Guerrilla attacks are punished by massacring civilians. The Wolverines are starving in the wilderness. The emotional toll on Matt, Aardvark, Toni, Erica, and especially Robert and Jed, is unspeakable. And according to Col. Tanner, it's a lot worse up in Denver.

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* WarIsHell: Even when things are going well for the Wolverines, WorldWarIII is a living nightmare. We know that the communists are committing atrocitities, atrocities, and even see some of them, yet almost every Soviet soldier seen up close is a [[NotSoDifferent regular wide-eyed kid seeing the world in the army]], not an evil faceless mook, so killing them is not exactly something to feel good about. Guerrilla attacks are punished by massacring civilians. The Wolverines are starving in the wilderness. The emotional toll on Matt, Aardvark, Toni, Erica, and especially Robert and Jed, is unspeakable. And according to Col. Tanner, it's a lot worse up in Denver.



* WeNeedADistraction: The last stand between Jed and Matt and the Soviet army was meant to have their fire drawn on them, so that Danny and Erica can go to the allied occupied territories. [[spoiler: It works at the cost of The Brother's lives.]]

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* WeNeedADistraction: The last stand between Jed and Matt and the Soviet army was meant to have their fire drawn on them, so that Danny and Erica can go to the allied occupied territories. [[spoiler: It works at the cost of The Brother's the brothers' lives.]]
6th Apr '17 4:45:42 AM CrowTR0bot
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** Globally, due to the dissolution of NATO in their alternate history, Europe is sitting this war out and remains neutral - except for the United Kingdom, though Tanner doesn't think they can last long on their own. Meanwhile, RedChina is the only other major power on the US's side (apparently as part of the Sino-Soviet rivalry) - but they have paid dearly for it, with 400 million out of 1 billion Chinese dead from Soviet nuclear strikes.

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** Globally, due to the dissolution of NATO in their alternate history, Europe is sitting this war out and remains neutral - except for the United Kingdom, though Tanner doesn't think they can last long on their own. Meanwhile, RedChina is the only other major power on the US's side (apparently as part of the Sino-Soviet rivalry) - but they have paid dearly for it, with 400 million out of 1 billion Chinese dead from Soviet nuclear strikes. While Canada isn't explicitly said to be fighting, it's a safe assumption that they're in the war too, considering the aforementioned invasion through Alaska.
31st Mar '17 4:05:04 PM nombretomado
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The movie essentially transplanted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to a different setting, placing a group of typical American youth in the roles of the Afghan freedom fighters. Which becomes HarsherInHindsight considering what [[OsamaBinLaden they]] [[WarOnTerror caused]].

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The movie essentially transplanted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to a different setting, placing a group of typical American youth in the roles of the Afghan freedom fighters. Which becomes HarsherInHindsight considering what [[OsamaBinLaden [[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden they]] [[WarOnTerror caused]].
5th Jan '17 10:00:34 AM Windrays
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* ActionGirl: Erica and Toni.
26th Dec '16 3:25:08 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The Soviets using the gun store records to round up civilian weapons is a pretty obvious TakeThat from (((John Milius))) towards gun registry laws, but making sure nobody in the occupied territory can shoot back is indeed a ''very'' effective strategy for an invading force, regardless of politics.

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** The Soviets using the gun store records to round up civilian weapons is a pretty obvious TakeThat from (((John Milius))) John Milius towards gun registry laws, but making sure nobody in the occupied territory can shoot back is indeed a ''very'' effective strategy for an invading force, regardless of politics.



* TankGoodness: One scene features a long-range duel between two Soviet T-72 tanks and an American M1 (((Abrams))) tank in the distance. One-on-one, the (((Abrams))) should have an edge over a single T-72, but the US tank is outnumbered and in the open. The Soviet tanks are camouflaged, [[spoiler: and a mortally wounded Tanner [[HeroicSacrifice sets off a smoke grenade to mark the Soviet's position for the American tank]], while the Wolverines knock out the second one with an RPG]]

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* TankGoodness: One scene features a long-range duel between two Soviet T-72 tanks and an American M1 (((Abrams))) Abrams tank in the distance. One-on-one, the (((Abrams))) Abrams should have an edge over a single T-72, but the US tank is outnumbered and in the open. The Soviet tanks are camouflaged, [[spoiler: and a mortally wounded Tanner [[HeroicSacrifice sets off a smoke grenade to mark the Soviet's position for the American tank]], while the Wolverines knock out the second one with an RPG]]
21st Dec '16 9:28:51 PM 43110
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* BigBadEnsemble: Colonel Ernesto Bella, General Bratchenko, and Colonel Strelnikov. General Bratchenko seems to be the one in charge, Colonel Bella is perhaps TheDragon (and the most sympathetic), and Colonel Strelnikov is the most dangerous.

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* %%* BigBadEnsemble: Colonel Ernesto Bella, General Bratchenko, and Colonel Strelnikov. General Bratchenko seems to be the one in charge, Colonel Bella is perhaps TheDragon (and the most sympathetic), and Colonel Strelnikov is the most dangerous.
10th Dec '16 8:15:26 AM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:330:[-The war to liberate the Mickey D's begins...At Dawn.-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:[-The war to liberate [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds the Mickey D's D's]] begins...At Dawn.-] ]]
10th Dec '16 8:14:38 AM MarkLungo
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** In the first wave, crack Russian ''Spetsnaz'' units parachuted in, disguised as commercial airliners just like they did in the invasion of Afghanistan, in order to seize key passes in the Rocky Mountains. This is what hit Calumet in the opening scene. They coordinated with a handful of tactical nuclear strikes meant to destroy key communication points, including Washington, D.C., Omaha, and Kansas City. Otherwise the Russians want to take the US in one piece so they won't use more nukes, and the US won't either on their own soil, which is why the war has been mostly limited to conventional weapons. Both sides were too afraid to use more nukes.
** The Soviets' used their communist allies in Central America as extra manpower/cannon fodder, much as the Germans used the Romanians as auxiliaries in World War II. After taking over Mexico, the Cuban and Nicaraguan armies spearheaded an invasion into Texas (supplemented by Russian special forces units). They're aided by Cuban infiltrators who entered the US disguised as illegal aliens, who then raided Strategic Air Command bases when the invasion began. This invasion thrust spread as far west and east as the Rockies and the Mississippi, and as far north as Cheyenne/northern Kansas.

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** In the first wave, crack Russian ''Spetsnaz'' units parachuted in, disguised as commercial airliners just like they did in the invasion of Afghanistan, in order to seize key passes in the Rocky Mountains. This is what hit Calumet in the opening scene. They coordinated with a handful of tactical nuclear strikes meant to destroy key communication points, including Washington, D.C., UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, Omaha, and Kansas City.UsefulNotes/KansasCity. Otherwise the Russians want to take the US in one piece so they won't use more nukes, and the US won't either on their own soil, which is why the war has been mostly limited to conventional weapons. Both sides were too afraid to use more nukes.
** The Soviets' used their communist allies in Central America as extra manpower/cannon fodder, much as the Germans used the Romanians as auxiliaries in World War II.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. After taking over Mexico, the Cuban and Nicaraguan armies spearheaded an invasion into Texas (supplemented by Russian special forces units). They're aided by Cuban infiltrators who entered the US disguised as illegal aliens, who then raided Strategic Air Command bases when the invasion began. This invasion thrust spread as far west and east as the Rockies and the Mississippi, and as far north as Cheyenne/northern Kansas.
10th Dec '16 8:13:21 AM MarkLungo
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** Washington and a half-dozen other places in the US were nuked on the first day, with millions of lives lost. The Russians also decided to eliminate the Red Chinese wild card by ''going to town'' on them with nuclear weapons, incinerating ''four-hundred million'' people right out of the starting gate. American and Chinese counterstrikes are never mentioned in the movie, but somebody ''had'' to have done ''something''. That many detonations will definitely cause a nuclear winter, which sure as hell won't help with the crops. Plus China is now a post-apocalyptic nightmare, and their downwind neighbors have to have felt the effects of the fallout.

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** Washington and a half-dozen other places in the US were nuked on the first day, with millions of lives lost. The Russians also decided to eliminate the Red Chinese wild card by ''going to town'' on them with nuclear weapons, incinerating ''four-hundred million'' people right out of the starting gate. American and Chinese counterstrikes are never mentioned in the movie, but somebody ''had'' to have done ''something''. That many detonations will definitely cause a nuclear winter, which sure as hell won't help with the crops. Plus China UsefulNotes/{{China}} is now a post-apocalyptic nightmare, and their downwind neighbors have to have felt the effects of the fallout.



* NukeEm: Precision nuclear strikes wipe out silos in the Dakotas, plus key communications points like Omaha, Washington, and Kansas City. Further strikes are averted by the Soviets' need to take the United States intact. Other countries though...
-->'''Jed Eckert''': Well, who *is* on our side?

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* NukeEm: Precision nuclear strikes wipe out silos in the Dakotas, plus key communications points like Omaha, Washington, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, and Kansas City.UsefulNotes/KansasCity. Further strikes are averted by the Soviets' need to take the United States intact. Other countries though...
-->'''Jed Eckert''': Well, who *is* ''is'' on our side?
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