On this day 36 years ago, the very first PG-13 movie was released. It was Red Dawn.

I still remember hearing from a friend that he was told the premise was all wrong. The Red Army and the Cubans would have flown into Atlanta on Boeing 747s with Delta markings. The guy who told him this was a survivalist gun store owner who thought they’d make good headway until they hit the mountains of North Georgia and Western NC where, in his mind, there were a ton of survivalists. It still makes a good story.

They Should Have Left Well Enough Alone

The remake of Red Dawn is scheduled to be released around Thanksgiving. The bad guys this time are the North Koreans instead of the Russians and Cubans. It seems that the producers originally were going to make the Chinese the bad guys but were pressured to make a switch to the North Koreans.

I’m sure it will do decently at the box office. However, as with many things, the original is usually better and Hollywood should have left well enough alone.