Yet another infantile right-wing fantasy from writer-director John Milius, this cinematic embodiment of the paranoid delusions of militarists, survivalists, and television evangelists is definitely a film for the Reagan era. It's as if the clock has turned back to the mid-1950s, when short
subjects like RED NIGHTMARE (in which a man wakes up one morning to find his small American town taken over by Communists) and COMMUNISM AT OUR DOOR were presented to scare the daylights out of the complacent public. After an unconvincing explanation of the origins of a conventional war between
the US and the USSR, RED DAWN begins as students in a small town in the Northwest watc...