The Wolverines (Red Dawn)

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The Wolverines. From Clockwise: Robert (C. Thomas Howell), Danny (Brad Savage), Toni (Jennifer Grey), Jed (Patrick Swayze), Daryl (Darren Dalton), Erica (Lea Thompson), Matt (Charlie Sheen) and Aardvark (Doug Toby).

With all of the remakes floating around in the movies, it was only a matter of time.

After nearly 30 years, Red Dawn is being remade.

Only this time, instead of the Russkies invading, the Chinese are the ones who are doing the invading.

But this thread will show respect to the original Wolverines.

It all came down on an ordinary day in September. The people of Calumet, Colorado went about their lives. Then the Soviets and their Latin American allies (from Nicaragua and Cuba) decide to drop in and unleash hell. World War III has begun.

Jed Eckert (played by the late Patrick Swayze) and his younger brother Matt (Charlie Sheen), along with four of their friends - Danny, Aardvark, Robert and Daryl - raid a sporting goods store owned by Robert's dad and flee the town.

Later, they pick up two women, Toni (Jennifer Grey) and Erica (Lea Thompson) from an elderly couple who was friends with the Eckerts. It is only after killing a couple of Soviets who were on a pleasure tour in the mountains, that they decide to take the Commies to the woodshed in a way that would make even Simo Hahya proud.

Calling themselves The Wolverines after their high school mascot, the teenagers conduct guerrilla warfare on the invading Soviets.

If you've seen the movie, feel free to look at it again. If you haven't then rent or download it (legally, natch).

For sticking it to the commies, the Wolverines deserve mad respect for making the Russian invaders look like a bunch of chumps.

Trivia: The operation to capture former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was named Operation Red Dawn and its targets were dubbed Wolverine 1 and Wolverine 2. Army Captain Geoffrey McMurray, who named the mission, said the naming "was so fitting because it was a patriotic, pro-American movie." Milius approved of the naming: "I was deeply flattered and honored. It's nice to have a lasting legacy."

- The South Park episode 'Grey Dawn' parodies most of Red Dawn.

- Both Swayze and Grey would go on to star in Dirry Dancing. Tragically, Swayze would pass away from pancreatic cancer in 2009, whle Grey would end up winning Dancing With The Stars.

- Freedom Fighters is based heavily from Red Dawn.

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