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* The above was then changed to make the invaders Chinese but that was ultimately changed to North Koreans as to not alienate the Chinese market but this decision was rendered moot as the film was ultimately not released in China with North Koreans now being the villains likely the reason why due to China being one of very few countries on anything close to resembling good terms with North Korea.

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* ** The above was then changed to make the invaders Chinese but that was ultimately changed to North Koreans as to not alienate the Chinese market but this decision was rendered moot as the film was ultimately not released in China with North Koreans now being the villains likely the reason why due to China being one of very few countries on anything close to resembling good terms with North Korea.

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* The above was then changed to make the invaders Chinese but that was ultimately changed to North Koreans as to not alienate the Chinese market but this decision was rendered moot as the film was ultimately not released in China with North Koreans now being the villains likely the reason why due to China being one of very few countries on anything close to resembling good terms with North Korea.


* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Actually managed to make it all the way through the production phase, only to get sunk by MGM's financial insolvency. It was also delayed because the premise of China attacking America scared off all other major distributors, so MGM had to change the villain to North Korea in order to make it more attractive to film companies, and even then it took several months before it finally found a distributor willing to take a chance on the film. It probably helped that Creator/ChrisHemsworth and Josh Hutcherson had recently found fame for ''{{Film/Thor}}'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames'', respectively.

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* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Actually managed to make it all the way through the production phase, only to get sunk by MGM's financial insolvency. It was also delayed because the premise of China attacking America scared off all other major distributors, so MGM had to change the villain to North Korea in order to make it more attractive to film companies, and even then it took several months before it finally found a distributor willing to take a chance on the film. It probably helped that Creator/ChrisHemsworth and Josh Hutcherson Creator/JoshHutcherson had recently found fame for ''{{Film/Thor}}'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames'', respectively.


* FakeAmerican[=/=]FakeNationality: Ironically, the main hero is played by an Australian while the main villain is played by an American.

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* FakeAmerican[=/=]FakeNationality: FakeAmerican: Ironically, the main hero is played by an Australian while the main villain is played by an American.American.
* FakeNationality: The Chinese bad guys, played by Chinese actors, were changed to North Korean bad guys in post-production.


* UnderminedByReality: The film's message about standing up for your ideals and never giving in to foreign invaders rings rather hollow given that the filmmakers censored the identity of the villains in post-production to retain access to that [[MoneyDearBoy sweet Chinese box office cash.]]



* UnderminedByReality: The film's message about standing up for your ideals and never giving in to foreign invaders rings rather hollow given that the filmmakers censored the identity of the villains in post-production to retain access to that [[MoneyDearBoy sweet Chinese box office cash.]]

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* UnderminedByReality: The film's message about standing up for your ideals and never giving in to foreign invaders rings rather hollow given that the filmmakers censored the identity of the villains in post-production to retain access to that [[MoneyDearBoy sweet Chinese box office cash.]]


* TomHanksSyndrome: Josh Peck reached significant fame in the United States as a star on multiple Nickelodeon comedies such as The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh usually playing a [[FatIdiot fat buffoon]]. Here, he's in a war action film playing a teenager forced to fight for his country against North Korean terrorists.



** Not that North Koreans managing to invade America is any more realistic.

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** Not that North Koreans managing to invade America is any more realistic. They can't even afford airlines to infiltrate the United States what with their dictator Kim Jong-un squandering all his country's money on himself like luxuries, parties, nuclear bombs and a dolphin aquarium.


* BannedInChina: The villain was changed from China to North Korea to avoid this.

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* BannedInChina: The villain was changed from China to North Korea to avoid this. As noted below, however, it ended up being AllForNothing.

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** Not that North Koreans managing to invade America is any more realistic.


* ActorAllusion: Having Creator/ChrisHemsworth go to [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods a cabin in the woods]] is rather [[HilariousInHindsight amusing]].



* ExecutiveMeddling: For the remake, the enemies were changed from Chinese to [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-china-red-dawn-20110316,0,995726.story North Koreans]] in post production, mostly to help the film secure a distributor, as no other major studio wanted to touch a film about China invading America. This happened after production ended, so they had to digitally alter all Chinese symbols and dub all Chinese dialogue.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: For The plot of the remake, the enemies were changed from movie was originally centered around a Chinese to [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-china-red-dawn-20110316,0,995726.story North Koreans]] in post production, mostly to help the film secure a distributor, as no other major studio wanted to touch a film about China invading invasion of America. This happened after production ended, After the movie was completed, the executives decided to change the villain from China to North Korea, and went so they had far as to digitally alter all every Chinese symbols symbol into a North Korean one and dub all add additional scenes. Theories abound, from suggesting that distributors were unnerved by the prospect of a Chinese dialogue.invasion, to the risk of the film being BannedInChina itself, which would leave a lot of money on the table.


* ActorAllusion: Having Creator/ChrisHemsworth go to a [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods a cabin in the woods]] is rather [[HilariousInHindsight amusing]].

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* ActorAllusion: Having Creator/ChrisHemsworth go to a [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods a cabin in the woods]] is rather [[HilariousInHindsight amusing]].

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** A bit Justified since they would've likely captured any equipment that wasn't outright destroyed by the US Military. This would also handle the supply issue since parts would be in warehouses just waiting to be used.


* ActorAllusion: Having ChrisHemsworth go to a [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods a cabin in the woods]] is rather [[HilariousInHindsight amusing]].

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* ActorAllusion: Having ChrisHemsworth Creator/ChrisHemsworth go to a [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods a cabin in the woods]] is rather [[HilariousInHindsight amusing]].



* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Actually managed to make it all the way through the production phase, only to get sunk by MGM's financial insolvency. It was also delayed because the premise of China attacking America scared off all other major distributors, so MGM had to change the villain to North Korea in order to make it more attractive to film companies, and even then it took several months before it finally found a distributor willing to take a chance on the film. It probably helped that ChrisHemsworth and Josh Hutcherson had recently found fame for ''{{Film/Thor}}'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames'', respectively.

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* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Actually managed to make it all the way through the production phase, only to get sunk by MGM's financial insolvency. It was also delayed because the premise of China attacking America scared off all other major distributors, so MGM had to change the villain to North Korea in order to make it more attractive to film companies, and even then it took several months before it finally found a distributor willing to take a chance on the film. It probably helped that ChrisHemsworth Creator/ChrisHemsworth and Josh Hutcherson had recently found fame for ''{{Film/Thor}}'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames'', respectively.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early drafts of the script had the protagonists fighting [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Middle Eastern terrorists]]. This was likely changed because, unless said terrorists were the [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Global Liberation Army]], it'd be WAY too unrealistic.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early drafts of the script had the protagonists fighting [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Middle Eastern terrorists]]. This was likely changed because, unless said terrorists were the [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Global Liberation Army]], it'd be WAY too unrealistic.unrealistic for terrorists to be able to push so far inland.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early drafts of the script had the protagonists fighting [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Middle Eastern terrorists]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early drafts of the script had the protagonists fighting [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Middle Eastern terrorists]]. This was likely changed because, unless said terrorists were the [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Global Liberation Army]], it'd be WAY too unrealistic.

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