Americana Red Dawn And Reagan Era

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Americana Red Dawn And Reagan Era

  1. Americana: Red Dawn and the Reagan Era
  2. OVERVIEW OF THE FILM
  3. Quick Overview <ul><li>It is sometime in the “near future” </li></ul><ul><li>The Soviets invade the US </li></ul><ul><li>But in the small town of Calumet, Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Swayze , QB for the high school team “Wolverines”, and his brother Charlie Sheen decide to fight back… </li></ul>
  4. The Wolverines Patrick Swayze Charlie Sheen
  5. Red Dawn: The Backstory <ul><li>Global Food Shortage Warsaw Pact Nations suffer Famine, but US remains the Breadbasket of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Collapse of NATO Green Party takes over West German, causes the dissolution of NATO </li></ul><ul><li>Latin America Aligns with Soviet Union Soviets exploit Mexico torn by Civil War and ally with Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador </li></ul>
  6. Famine in USSR leads to Invasion of the US to seize US Farmland With NATO dissolved, Europe (UK excepted) turns it’s back against the US
  7. THE SOVIET MAY BRING THEIR RE-EDUCATION CAMPS INTO THE US…
  8. BUT WE HAVE “600 MILLION SCREAMING CHINAMEN ON OUR SIDE”…
  9. … AND THE WOLVERINES TO AVENGE AMERICA
  10. Martyrs for Freedom: The End of the Wolverines (and the film) <ul><li>Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen et al die, except for two Wolverines who fled the town </li></ul><ul><li>War last several more years before ending with US triumphant </li></ul><ul><li>Patriot Rock Memorial for the Wolverines (see right) </li></ul>
  11. RED DAWN: FILM AS A NATION’S RHETORIC
  12. Red Dawn in Political Context <ul><li>Ronald Reagan & Cold War Released two years after Ronald Regan’s “Evil Empire” speech </li></ul><ul><li>Instability in Latin America Civil War in El Salvador and Contras in Nicaragua, both countries allied with Soviets in film </li></ul><ul><li>Official Government Consultation? Filmmakers supposedly consulted with Reagan’s Secretary of State to help create scenario for Soviet Invasion </li></ul>
  13. 1985: Red Dawn, Rocky, Rambo <ul><li>“ Red Dawn” joined a few others movies in 1985 that celebrated the idea of the American Underdog fighting the Communist Juggernaut </li></ul>
  14. Rocky IV (1985). Rocky Balboa versus USSR’s Ivan Drago
  15. Rambo: First Blood II (1985) <ul><li>Rambo sent to find POWs in Vietnam </li></ul><ul><li>Captured and Tortured by Soviet Officer, Lt. Col. Podovsky </li></ul><ul><li>“ Captured the attention of President Ronald Reagan and he lauded Stallone for portraying Rambo as a symbol of the U.S. Army.” </li></ul>
  16. Red Dawn: Themes and Motifs <ul><li>Individuals Against the Machine The Wolverines against the Soviet-Cuban troops in Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>America as Underdogs Fighting against the larger, more technologically advanced Communist Machine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Wolverines were against the USSR Military & Allies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ivan Drago was a taller, Olympic trained athlete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rambo faced the Soviet-backed Vietnamese Military </li></ul></ul><ul><li>America’s Struggle for Freedom Wolverines similar to Washington’s struggle against the British or the G.I. against Nazi Germans </li></ul>
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