- Fri-Sat, Nov 23-24 at MidnightDir. John Milius, USA, 1984, 114 min., PG-13, 35mm
There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by enjoying pure propaganda targeted at children, and John Milius’s original RED DAWN (the remake opens elsewhere this month) is easily one of the most entertaining and satisfying jingoistic youth actioners ever filmed! In the mid ’80s as the Commie Reds parachute down onto our streets and playgrounds to mercilessly lock our fathers in concentration camps and gleefully shoot our schoolteachers in the face, a ragtag band of high-school meatheads (C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze) are ready to take to the hills and fight back against the new Soviet overlords. Grab your canteen full of deer blood, take a swig and join us. WOLVERINES!!
“The smartest/dumbest movie of 1984.” —Film Freak Central