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Red Dawn

When North Korea invades Spokane, Washington, a small number of survivors (Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas) form a resistance group and try to recapture their homeland. This movie is based on the 1984 film of the same name. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 20 Nov 2012
Video Release: 04 Mar 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Jed just returned from a tour of duty in a war zone. How likely is it that he would sleep through the invasion? What sounds, etc, do soldiers need to be attuned to in order to survive?

Why are channels of communication a vital link during a battle? Why are some people imprisoned in the town while others are allowed to walk free?

In the 1984 movie Red Dawn, Soviets were the invaders. Now it is the North Koreans. Does this reflect changes in world politics? How is the nationality of the villains the moviemakers choose influenced in a global society where they want to be able to sell their films to other countries?

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