In a worrying and ironic twist (considering the subject matter), five parachutists dressed as soviet forces were blown as much as a mile off course while shooting the initial invasion drop. One of them, Jim Fisher, found himself pleading for his life with the locals when he got stuck in a tree and having to shout the ultimate ironic line "Please don't shoot, I am not a Russian soldier"!!
Contributed by: Jerry Coble
Jerry Coble -F.A.A. Master Parachute Rigger For Red Dawn: There was one lady paratrooper that jumped in the movie. She landed in a tree next to the school house. Some of the jumpers wore black socks over their tennis shoes. Almost every jumper was current or Ex-Military.
Contributed by: Rachael Rochkind
Apparently, Jennifer Grey
and Patrick Swayze
did not get along well on the set of Red Dawn because when the producer of "Dirty Dancing
" told Jennifer they were considering Patrick Swayze for the role of Johnny, Jennifer told them there was no way she would work with him ever again, but when the producer told Patrick this, he went and talked to Grey in a trailor and they agreed that they could work together again.
Contributed by: Becs Dolan
The scene where Patrick Swayze's character is saying 'goodbye' to his father, who's just about to be killed, (with other father's all in a line) Patrick Swayze's tears are for real. He said that to prepare himself for that shot, he drew out his experiences from when he was young, how he never got to say bye to his father before he died. So they're real tears for his real father.
The crew specially built the fleet of soviet hardware for the movie, including tanks, guns and three attack gunship helicopters.
The movies replica Russian T-72 tank was such a precise replica that when it was transported to the studio, 2 CIA agents followed and wanted to know where it had come from.
Speaking of Alexander Haig... At one point he was a consultant on this movie, even inviting John Milius
to Washington D.C to discuss potential scenarios. At one point, Haig allegedly got so far over-the-top himself that Milius, a fervent right-winger, was afraid that the movie would be too jingoistic!
The cast underwent a 'legitimate', intensive 8 week military training course before starting work on Red Dawn.
The temperature during filming parts of Red Dawn in New Mexico was 60 below!! "I kind of got used to it," Swayze said. "I had frostbite on every part of my body and my hair was falling off in chunks," he remembered.
Contributed by: Steve Polisar
Several of the parachutists were from the Albuquerque based "Icarus Sport Parachute Club". There were a total of 4 jumps made, over a three day period. All from DC-3's, at an altitude of 1500'. There were only 15 jumpers left to make the last jump, due to injuries and attrition. None of the actual Parachutists in the movie were listed anywhere in the credits.
In one of the scenes, Charlie Sheen
fires an RPG at the enemy and it blows his hat off. He severely injured his cornea and couldn't work for 4 days.
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When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Contributed by: Mountain Mike
The original theater trailer on the DVD shows a scene [see pic at top of page] with a tank rolling up to a McDonald's restaurant where enemy soldiers are eating. This scene does not appear in the final cut. Some have suggested that this may have been removed due to a mass murder at a San Ysidro, CA McDonald's just weeks prior to the films opening.
There were 21 people massacred at that McDonald's on July 19, 1984, which was at the time located at 460 W San Ysidro Boulevard. It has since moved moved down the street. A campus of Southwestern College is there now with a memorial plaque.
In the Dirty Dancing
dvd interview Jennifer Grey said that she had worked with Swayze on Red Dawn, and that they had even had a love scene but that had been cut from that movie.
When they play this movie on TV, they remove the scene where Robert drinks the blood of the animal and the scene where they're driving through town to keep it PG13.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.