Wednesday, June 06, 2007

WWPSD - What Would Patrick Swayze Do?

In the 1984 film Red Dawn, eight teenagers from a Colorado High School football team escape a Cuban/Soviet invasion to take to the hills and fight the invaders and occupiers of the United States.

Brad Savage was nominated for a Young Artist Award for "Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama", whatever that means, for his role as "Danny". However, the film wasn't well regarded, even in its day. For example, an undated & unsigned review of the film by TV Guide concludes with "RED DAWN is simply too simplistic and inept to be taken seriously."

Despite this, I have noticed that the film has been frequently shown on the AMC channel as of late. Heck, you have five chances to catch the movie in the next ten days alone.

It makes me wonder: is someone trying to make sure we get an opportunity to see how Americans like "Jed" (Patrick Swayze) might act in the face of a foreign invasion and occupation? Would somebody actually try to equate this with a "Resistance" in Iraq that has some domestic and international sympathy behind it?

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