Red Dawn

Continuity mistake: In the beginning after the teacher is shot the Russian shoots into the classroom. During the first view you see all of the students ducking and right before they cut to the next shot there isn't a dead kid on the window but when they come back to that shot there is.

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Continuity mistake: During the beginning, the sky changes numerous times. In some shots it's just plain blue sky. In others it's full on cloudy. It goes back to sunny when the kids leave the school. Also you can tell some shots were filmed later in the day. Use the sun angle to see this.

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Continuity mistake: The license plate on Daryl's (the mayor's son) shot-up Pontiac is J5-40T3. In the next scene, the Chevy with the bumper sticker has the same license plate.

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Continuity mistake: After the helicopter attack where Toni and Robert are killed, the Russian helicopters land about forty feet apart, the officers get out and walk to meet each other at the halfway point. For the rest of the scene, they are right next to one of the helicopters. (01:38:30)

Continuity mistake: When the small band of troops comes up the mountain to take pictures and read the sign, one of them snaps a photo of the view. We see a static shot of what he is looking at, trees covered in snow and fog in the valley. Later however, we see the same view. There is no snow on the trees and no fog down below.

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Continuity mistake: After the pilot's funeral, Matt walks through some grass to talk to Jed. In all of the previous shots and most of those after, there is snow on the ground because it's January. In this particular shot however, there is no snow, not even on the mountains behind them.

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Continuity mistake: The scene with two of the main antagonists talking in town about the Wolverines and Vietnam starts in the shade. Right before the explosion, the two men are now standing in sunlight.

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Continuity mistake: When Jed shoots Colonel Strelnikov near the end of the movie, the Colonel drops his gun but is holding it in the next shot.

Jake Simpson
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Factual error: When the Russian tank rolls up to the two gas pumps, the crew have a choice of regular gasoline (as indicated on the pump), or Good Gulf (a premium gasoline). And in fact one of the tankers tells the attendant, "Gasoline." The trouble is, all Soviet tanks, from the T-34 up through the T-80, have diesel engines for safety reasons. (00:46:55)

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Prologue/Opening Narration: Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years... Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade... Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000. El Salvador and Honduras fall... Greens Party gains control of West German Parliament. Demands withdrawal of nuclear weapons from European soil... Mexico plunged into revolution... NATO dissolves. United States stands alone.

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Trivia: According to the Guinness Book of World Records at the time, this film held the record for being the most violent movie ever made, with scenes of violence every five minutes.

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Question: When Daryl is confronted by his friends, he tells them that he was forced to swallow something. What was it and why kill him if he was forced to do it?

Answer: It was a tracking device which gave away their location. Since they couldn't remove it, they decided to kill him as he was now a liability.

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