Red Dawn

by John J. Miller on November 21, 2012 · 1 comment

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  • SumoMe

My appreciation of the original Red Dawn appears in the new issue of National Review.

Among conservatives who grew up in the Reagan years, Red Dawn is a cult classic, full of fighting spirit against the Evil Empire. Its one-word catchphrase — “Wolverines!” — has become an in-group allusion to a set of enduring American principles: live free or die, don’t tread on me, and so on. Red Dawn may not be a masterpiece of the cinematic arts, but as an iconic piece of conservative pop culture, it has enjoyed an outsized influence on American life.

  • Douglas LeBlanc

    My favorite moment in this film is the depiction of a re-education camp at a former drive-in theater. It is lodged somewhere near Apple’s 1984 ad in my memories of favorite visual moments in the late 20th century.

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