‘Red Dawn’

Red Dawn (1984) is a surreal time capsule from the 1980s, and the Cold War. It features Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey who went on to star together in Dirty Dancing (1987). The film echoes right-wing US values of independence and freedom — the right to bear arms Vs the ‘Evil Empire’. It’s a cocktail of the Western and Afghanistan-style guerrilla warfare against Cuban and Soviet invaders. A cheesy and brilliantly-dated document from another time.