Red Dawn

1984 PG-13 1h 54m Blu-ray / DVD

Red Dawn

1984 PG-13 1h 54m Blu-ray / DVD
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When a group of teenagers witnesses Soviet and Cuban paratroopers descending on their small town and systematically setting off World War III, they take food and whatever weapons they can find and hightail it to the hills to wait things out.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: DTS 2.0 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this controversial what-if war film features much shooting, with frequent bloodshed (though little of what would be considered gore) and explosive mayhem. Many characters die, young heroes as well as the villains. Swearing is occasional, and there is a suggestion that two underage-female characters might have been raped or molested. Hunting and killing of animals, for food as well as a sort of manhood ritual, is shown and seemingly endorsed with great enthusiasm by the filmmakers.

Sexual Content

Indistinct glimpse of one Russian looking at a magazine centerfold.


Shooting and explosions in abundance, with spattering blood (but little gore) more often than not. One character (and a deer) shot with an arrow. Inference that the invading Soviet soldiers have raped women and girls.


"S--t," "bastard," and "SOB."

Social Behavior

Surface message of patriotism and fighting for your country/freedom are underscored by more complex lessons, about striving against impossible odds and even taking doomed or hopeless stands for what is correct. War and partisan insurgency are shown not to be a children's game when the Wolverines face having to execute one of their own.


Product labels include Coors beer, Chevron gas, Buck knives.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some beer drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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