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A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.
Jed Eckert: Marines don't die, they go to hell and regroup.
[last lines] Matt Eckert: We're not doing too bad for a bunch of kids. We're gonna fight, and we're gonna keep fighting, because it's easier now. And we're used to it. The rest of you are going to have a tougher choice. Because we're not going to sell it to you. It's too ugly for that. But when you're fighting in your own backyard, when you're fighting for your family, it all hurts a little less, and makes a little more sense. Because for them, this is just a place. But for us, this is our home. Prisoners: [repeatedly chanting in open rebellion against guards before liberation] Wolverines!
Jed Eckert: You fucked with the wrong family.
Jed Eckert: I'm going to fight. I'm going to fight. Now, this is easier for me because I'm used to it. The rest of you are gonna have a tougher choice. Look, I don't want to sell it to you; it's too ugly for that. It's ugly, and it's hard. But when you're fighting in your own backyard, and you're fighting for your family, it all hurts a little less and it makes a little more sense. And for them, this is just some place, but for us? This is our home.
[the first place Daryl looks for the tech equipment is under the couch] Robert: Dude, they're not gonna keep their uber box under the friggin' couch! Daryl Jenkins: How do you know? Robert: It's a vital piece of military equipment, not your porn stash.
[the group just ate stolen Subway] Daryl Jenkins: Oh, ho, I missed this. Julie: You know what else I miss? Pizza. Greg: Toilets that flush. Daryl Jenkins: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Robert: Dude, we're living Call of Duty. And it sucks.
Jed Eckert: When I was overseas we were the good guys. We enforced order. Well, now? We're the bad guys, and we create chaos.
Hodges: That's not a plan. That's a shit sandwich without bread.
Jed Eckert: Even the tiniest flea can drive a big dog crazy.
Tanner: [after Matt and Jed jump to the roof of the police station] I hate these kids. Hate 'em.
Col. Andy Tanner: [Describing the invasion] West Coast. East Coast. Down here is Mexico. First wave of the attack came in disguised as commercial charter flights same way they did in Afghanistan in '80. Only they were crack Airborne outfits. Now they took these passes in the Rockies. Jed Eckert: So that's what hit Calumet. Col. Andy Tanner: I guess so. They coordinated with selective nuke strikes and the missiles were a helluva lot more accurate than we thought. They took out the silos here in the Dakotas, key points of communication. Darryl Bates: Like what? Col. Andy Tanner: Oh, like Omaha, Washington, Kansas City. Darryl Bates: Gone? Col. Andy Tanner: Yeah. That's right. Infiltrators came up illegal from Mexico. Cubans mostly. They managed to infiltrate SAC bases in the Midwest, several down in Texas and wreaked a helluva lot of havoc, I'm here to tell you. They opened up the door down here, and the whole Cuban & Nicaraguan armies come walking right through, rolled right up here through the Great Plains. Robert: How far did they get? Col. Andy Tanner: Cheyenne, across to Kansas. We held them at the Rockies and the Mississippi. Anyway, the Russians reinforced with 60 divisions. Sent three whole army groups across the Bering Strait into Alaska, cut the pipeline, came across Canada to link up here in the middle, but we stopped their butt cold. The lines have pretty much stabilized now. Robert: What about Europe? Col. Andy Tanner: I guess they figured twice in one century was enough. They're sitting this one out. All except England, and they won't last very long.
The Colonel: All that hate's gonna burn you up, kid. Robert: It keeps me warm.
Jed Eckert: [the Wolverines discover that Daryl has been "bugged" by the Russo-Cubans] Daryl... Where is it? Where is it? [Jed grabs Daryl, gets in Daryl's face and shouts] Jed Eckert: GOD-DAMMIT, WHERE'S THE BUG? Darryl Bates: They made me swallow it. Matt Eckert: Daryl, what have you done? Darryl Bates: [nearly in tears] I went into town... and got caught. Jed Eckert: [shaking him and screeching with rage] YOU WENT AND GOT CAUGHT! WHY? Darryl Bates: [His voice breaks] You said we couldn't... Robert: You told them where we were, didn't you? You told them! Darryl Bates: [sobbing] My father turned me in. Oh God, they do things you can't imagine. Jed Eckert: [throws him down, growling with rage] AAAAGGHHH! You SON OF A BITCH!
Tanner: We're trying to link up with a group of insurgents working in the area. Call themselves Wolverines. You ever hear of them? Julie: Yeah, we've heard of them. Jed Eckert: You here to help them out? Tanner: No. Actually, we were hoping they can help *us* out.
[first lines concluding] British Male News Pundit 14: North Korea is like a spoiled child! News Anchor: North Korea is a danger to the world. Female News Anchor 15: What would North Korea possibly hope to gain? News Anchor: What is the next step? Korean Man: What is it that they want? Female News Anchor 16: What are they preparing for? ["RED DAWN" ]
Jed Eckert: [walking past Tanner] We're the Wolverines. Tanner: [to himself after Jed, Robert & Matt have passed] I was afraid of that.
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.
Tanner: You've made a difference. Hell, you... You *are* the difference.
Man on Radio: To the resistance fighters in Humboldt: the chair is against the wall. The chair is against the wall. [indistinct] Man on Radio: John has a long mustache. John has a long mustache. [indistinct] Man on Radio: And for the Wolverines in Spokane, there's a special candle in the window. Keep up the pressure, patriots.
Matt Eckert: Hey! Hey, Pete! [gives Pete the middle finger] Pete: It's the Wolverines...! [Pete is blown up by a bomb]
Matt Eckert: [after Toni and Robert are KIA, the Eckert Brothers plan a diversion while Danny and Erica cross the enemy lines] We're all that's left. Somebody's gotta live. Somebody's gotta make it. Me and Jed, we're all used up. Erica: I'm never gonna forget... as long as I live. Matt Eckert: Don't. Danny: You're never gonna know who won. Matt Eckert: Who WILL?
[Robert sawing off a shotgun] Danny: They were people! Robert: Yeah, well, so was my dad. Aardvark: What was it like? [Robert stops sawing] Robert: It was good. [Robert resumes sawing]
KGB Major: Do you want to see me? Colonel Ernesto Bella: Yes... yes. Go to the sporting goods store. From the files obtain forms 4473. These will contain descriptions of weapons, and lists of private ownership.
The Colonel: You think you're tough for eating beans every day? There's half a million scarecrows in Denver who'd give anything for one mouthful of what you got. They've been under siege for about three months. They live on rats and sawdust bread and sometimes... on each other. At night, the pyres for the dead light up the sky. It's medieval.
Col. Andy Tanner: ...The Russians need to take us in one piece, and that's why they're here. That's why they won't use nukes anymore; and we won't either, not on our own soil. The whole damn thing's pretty conventional now. Who knows? Maybe next week will be swords. Darryl Bates: What started it? Col. Andy Tanner: I don't know. Two toughest kids on the block, I guess. Sooner or later, they're gonna fight. Jed Eckert: That simple, is it? Col. Andy Tanner: Or maybe somebody just forget what it was like. Jed Eckert: ...Well, who *is* on our side? Col. Andy Tanner: Six hundred million screaming Chinamen. Darryl Bates: Last I heard, there were a billion screaming Chinamen. Col. Andy Tanner: There *were*. [he throws whiskey on the fire; it ignites violently, suggesting a nuclear explosion]
Jed Eckert: [at the execution of Daryl Bates and Stepan Gorsky] Do you want blindfolds? Stepan Gorsky: This violates the Geneva convention. Jed Eckert: I never heard of it! Stepan Gorsky: Dogface! I show you how Soviet dies! Robert: I've seen it before, pal. Danny: [who is tied up in the distance, with the horses] This isn't happening! Jed, let him go! He was one of us! Jed Eckert: Shut up, Danny! Shut up! Robert: He told them where we were! Jed Eckert: He did. Now get your rifles. Matt Eckert: *No!* Jed Eckert: WHAT DID YOU SAY? Matt Eckert: *We're not doing it!* Stepan Gorsky: [to Daryl] Boy, say at me you are friend, so I will not die alone. Matt Eckert: What's the difference, Jed? Robert: I'll do it. Matt Eckert: Shut up, Robert! [to Jed] Matt Eckert: *Tell me what's the difference between us and them!* Jed Eckert: Because WE *LIVE* HERE! [kills Stepan; Robert kills Daryl]
[last lines] Erica: [closing narration] I never saw the Eckert Brothers again. In time, this war - like every other war - ended. But I never forgot. And I come to this place often, when no one else does. [we see "Partisan Rock," with its memorial plaque, which she reads for us] Erica: "... In the early days of World War 3, guerillas - mostly children - placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth."
Colonel Ernesto Bella: [writing a letter to his family back home] I can't remember what it was to be warm. It seems a thousand years since I was a small boy in the sun. How did I come to this high, desolate place where there is nothing but loneliness? So much is lost. I want to look into your eyes and forget. It all seems so far away: a warm house where my shadow never falls; your long, black hair in my hands. There is no more revolution, only you to come back to. I will post my resignation.
Jed Eckert: How did you get shot down, Colonel? Col. Andy Tanner: It was five to one. I got four.
[while giving guns to freed Americans] Jed Eckert: C'mon! We're all going to die, die standing up!
Radio Free America Announcer: It's 11:59 on Radio Free America; this is Uncle Sam, with music, and the truth until dawn. Right now I've got a few words for some of our brothers and sisters in the occupied zone: "the chair is against the wall, the chair is against the wall", "john has a long mustache, john has a long mustache". It's twelve o'clock, American, another day closer to victory. And for all of you out there, on, or behind the line, this is your song. [the Battle Hymn of the Republic begins to play]
Re-education Film Narrator: [at what once was the Calumet, Colorado Drive-in Theater] America is a whorehouse... where the revolutionary ideals of your forefathers... are corrupted and sold in alleys by vendors of capitalism...
Darryl Bates: [Pouring a can of soup in the pot] That's the last of it... except for the olives. Matt Eckert: We still got plenty of meat left. Danny: Just stuff you shot. Matt Eckert: So tell me, dork, where do you suppose hamburgers come from? Danny: Nobody shoots them. Darryl Bates: We need food.
Matt Eckert: [after their flight from Calumet, Jed is fixing the radiator on his pickup-truck] Did you get it? Jed Eckert: Yeah, I got it. Only thing is, we got one problem: we don't have any water. Matt Eckert: How about pissing in it? Jed Eckert: That's a good idea. Get up here. [laughs] Danny: How do you know it'll work? Jed Eckert: How old are you, kid? Danny: Fifteen. And the name's Danny, not "kid." Jed Eckert: Well, when you grow up... then you'll know these things, Danny. Now get up here and piss in the radiator.
Mr. Mason: [the Wolverines arrive at the Mason house, where they will be joined by Toni and Erica] We got us some outlaws here. Jed Eckert: Wow, a house. Mr. Mason: Go on and find a chair. Robert: Last time we were in a house was five weeks. Mr. Mason: You look it.
[first lines] News Anchor: Fears of a second recession has caused panic in Europe's financial markets. President Obama: The severity of this recession will cause more pain before it ends. American Man: European Union cannot "bail out" Greece. You've seen the- the government of Spain coming out and saying, "We've had the same problem." Portugal says the same thing. There's some talk that Italy may be in trouble. News Anchor: U.S. intelligence officials are growing more and more concerned that foreign operatives are surveilling computer systems that control America's infrastructure. President Obama: It's now clear, this cyber threat is one of the most serious national security challenges we face as a nation. Female News Anchor 2: That it might have the ability to go in and cripple financial networks, nuclear plants, chemical plants, all of which would have devastating effect. News Anchor: North Korea has now joined the Pacific Rim Cooperation Organization. The group's formation is a clearer warning that further intervention in the region by the U.S. and its allies will not be tolerated. Male News Anchor 3: A South Korean TV station reports that North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, suffered a stroke. Male News Anchor 4: His third and youngest son, Kim Jong-Eun, has been tapped to inherit power. Male News Anchor 5: Promoted from a nobody to high political and military office. Female News Anchor 6: As a kid, he was really loved by his father because he had a fit of anger. News Anchor: He will now lead the world's fourth largest army.
Jed Eckert: [in the mountains] Matt and I have been coming up to these mountains with our dad our whole lives. We can hunt, we can fish, we can stay up here a long, long time. Robert: How long, Jed? [fighters and bombers pass overhead] Jed Eckert: [indicating the jets above them] Until we don't hear *that* no more.
Alicia: They're looking for you. Jed Eckert: Who? Alicia: The KGB. Jed Eckert: The Russians? Alicia: And the Cubans.
Jed Eckert: [after the deaths of Aardvark and Colonel Tanner] It's kind of strange, isn't it? How the mountains pay us no attention at all. You laugh or you cry... The wind just keeps on blowing. Matt Eckert: You're getting pretty low on feelings, aren't you? Jed Eckert: I can't afford them. Matt Eckert: Even if that had been me instead of Aardvark?
Tom Eckert: [at the Calumet Drive-in, which is now a Communist "re-education camp"] Remember when you used to go in the park and play... and I used to put you on the swings... and both of you were... so damn little? Jed Eckert: I remember. I remember all of it. Tom Eckert: [to Jed and Matt] I ain't gonna be around to pick you up when you fall now. Both of you gotta take care of each other now.
Colonel Ernesto Bella: [in the now-occupied Calumet, Colorado] It would seem necessary to win the support of the people. As our opponents used to say in Vietnam: "Win their hearts and minds." General Bratchenko: And they lost, Ernesto... Morale is crucial right now. Keep the men in the secured areas. You'll see how they forget about these "Wolverines." Colonel Ernesto Bella: [Toni blows up a nearby "Soviet-American Friendship Center."] You were saying, Comrade? General Bratchenko: Oh, shut up!
Col. Andy Tanner: [using a crude diorama, the Wolverines prepare for an assault on the Calumet Drive-In, which is now a Russo-Cuban "Re-education Camp"] All right. Four planes. Cuban bunker, Russian bunker. munitions dump, troop tents. Four machine gun bunkers. Back here by the drive-in screen are your political prisoners. We'll cause a diversion over here... cut holes in the wire here, fire on all these machine gun positions. The B-Group comes across this area in a flanking maneuver... and when you reach this bunker, you lay down grazing fire on this defilade. I think that's pretty simple. Anybody got any questions so far? Aardvark: What's a "flank?" Toni: What's a "defilade?" Robert: What's "grazing fire?" Col. Andy Tanner: [out loud, to himself] I need a drink.
Col. Andy Tanner: [his dying words, after being killed while dropping a smoke bomb into a Russian tank] Come on, buddies! Come and get 'em! Shoot straight for once, you Army pukes. [gets blown up by an American tank]
Jed Eckert: You got a family? Col. Andy Tanner: I don't know.
Matt Eckert: Why don't you make yourself useful? Erica: You wash it! We're never doing your washing again! Me and her is as good as any of you! Matt Eckert: So what's up your ass? Erica: Shut up! Don't you ever say that again! Hear me? Say that again, I'll kill you! Hear me? I'll kill you. Matt Eckert: So what did I do? Toni: What you said was wrong.
Mayor Bates: [in Mayor Bates' office, where he is being questioned by Colonel Bella] Daryl, he wouldn't hurt a fly. I know my son, Colonel. He's not the guerrilla type. Colonel Ernesto Bella: According to records, Mayor... your son is a prominent student leader. Mayor Bates: Yes, well... he's a leader, but not in a violent or physical way. You see, Daryl... he's more of a politician, like his father. Colonel Ernesto Bella: A member of an elite paramilitary organization: "Eagle Scouts." Mayor Bates: Yes, but that's not military. If he's alive, he's scared, he's hungry... and he's just as anxious to avoid conflicts as you and me. He's not a troublemaker. Colonel Ernesto Bella: Then who is? Mayor Bates: ...It runs in some of the families. Colonel Ernesto Bella: [to an aide-de-camp] This community is indeed fortunate to have a shepherd like him. Mayor Bates: Well, I just want to see this thing through, Colonel.
Tom Eckert: Boys! Avenge me! Avenge me!
Danny: [at the Wolverines' funeral for Colonel Andy Tanner and Arturo "Aardvark" Mondracon] These were good friends. Take them away from here... someplace safe... where this world's war never happened. And as we remember... please let them forget, O Lord... so they can be little again.
[first lines continued] News Anchor: Groups are fighting against Russia's government from within its borders. Rebels were planning to increase their violent campaign as the country prepares for the presidential elections. Female News Anchor 7: Russia's pouring more troops into the Georgian capital, Tblisi. Female News Anchor 8: Ex-Soviet Georgia has become a focus of tension between Russia and the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden: We're working, uh, to reset our relationship with Russia. News Anchor: U.S. soldiers are being deployed with renewed conflicts in the Middle East, South Asia and the Korean peninsula. Female News Anchor 9: Critics suggest this leaves our shores unprotected. Female News Anchor 10: South Korea accused the North of firing a torpedo at its Cheonan warship. Korean Female News Anchor 11: South Koreans continue to protest against North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island. News Anchor: Some are calling the attack as a crime against humanity. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: North Korea continues to act in a provocative and belligerent manner. There are consequences to such action. Female News Anchor 12: Fueling the fire, the North has ripped up non-aggression pacts. Vice President Joe Biden: This is an incredibly immature regime in the North. Female News Anchor 13: The rogue North Korean dictator makes a wild threat to "wipe out" the United States.
Tom Eckert: [Jed and Matt have located their father at the Soviet 'Re-education' camp] I was hard on you when you was growin' up. I did things that made you hate me. Now, you can see why I did. I don't want no more tears shed for me, ya hear? I'm not gonna be there for you now, you gotta look out for each other...
[3 Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands of Arapho National Forest have found an arrow at the side of the road] Yuri: [speaking Russian] Look. Look what I've found. An Indian arrow. Soldier #1: [notices it is a manufactured arrow] I did not know these Indians used steel. Yuri: Sure, you fool. They used the melted sabers of Federalist Cossacks. Soldier #1: [notices the platic tail] Did these Indians work in plastic too? Yuri: You idiot, this is bone, polished to a high sheen. Yuri: [after spotting Toni & Erica] Stop! Soldier #2: Watch out! She has a weapon. Soldier #1: [speaking Russian] Stop, damn it! [fires his AK-47] Soldier #1: [Danny has managed to draw a bead on the first soldier & shoots him in the back with an arrow. The man screams & backs away from Erica, then tries to climb up the bank but is pulled off balance by Toni & Erica] Soldier #1: [speaking Russian] Help me, comrades! I'm dying! [Toni has managed to get control of the man's AK-47 & kills him with it. The second Soviet soldier goes down a hill when Robert steps out from behind a tree. As the soldier raises his AK-47 to shoot, Robert kills him with a shotgun blast. Yuri takes off toward the jeep with Daryl, Robert & Jed in pursuit and shooting at him]
Erica: You American? Col. Andy Tanner: Red-blooded. Erica: What's the capital of Texas? Col. Andy Tanner: Austin. Erica: Wrong, commie! It's Houston.
Darryl Bates: [he and the other Wolverines are gathering food, weapons and survival equipment from Robert Morris's father's store] And grab some toilet paper; I ain't gonna use no leaves.
Toni: [her dying words, to Jed] Go on ahead. I'm just gonna stay here and listen to the wind a while, okay? [He gives her a grenade, pulls the pin for her and kisses her goodbye; she then rigs herself as a boobytrap]
Jed Eckert: [having killed Colonel Strelnikov, who has mortally wounded Jed and Matt] You can rest now. Just hang on, Mattie. It's okay... Daddy'll be here soon. Come on, Mattie. I'll hold you as long as I can... You can lean on me, Mattie... I'm so tired... [He and Matt die in each other's arms]
Jed Eckert: One thing's for sure now... No one can ever go home again. Never.
Matt Eckert: I'm your brother. Make it count.
Erica: [to Stepan] Do you speak German? Matt Eckert: So what if he does? You don't. Stepan Gorsky: Gorsky, Stepan Yevgenyvitch...! Robert: NOBODY GIVES A DAMN WHO YOU ARE! [He and his fellow Wolverines proceed to beat up Stepan] Danny: [as he and Toni look on] They're gonna hurt him! Toni: Good!
Stepan Gorsky: Boy, say if you're a friend so I will not die alone.
[Yuri's 2 fellow soldiers have just been killed by Toni and Robert, and Yuri has managed to escape back to the jeep despite serious wounds] Yuri: [speaking Russian into radio mike] God help me! Yuri: God help me! [Jed catches up to Yuri at the jeep, armed with a .45 pistol. Yuri looks at him with terror, then turns his head away, knowing what is coming. Jed then executes the Soviet soldier with the pistol]
Theodore Roosevelt: [inscription on a bronze statue in front of Calumet High School] "Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat."
Jed Eckert: [they are surveying a wintery landscape, as several tanks gather on both sides to shoot it out] You got across *that*? Col. Andy Tanner: Just part of it. I hope our guys are still there. Jed Eckert: So this is the battlefield? Col. Andy Tanner: It's a real war, kid. It's here every day.
Jed Eckert: My family would want me to stay alive. Your family would want you to stay alive. You think you're so smart, man, but you're just a bunch of scared kids. Danny: So what do you think *you* are? Jed Eckert: ...Alone, I guess. Matt Eckert: [comes and stands with him] No, you're not.
Erica: [after colonel dies] I'll never love anybody again! Robert: If you didnt't love anybody, you wouldn't be here right now...
Col. Strelnikov: [he lectures the Russo-Cuban Army about what must be done regarding the Wolverines] From this moment on... There will be no further reprisals against civilians. This was stupid. Impotence. Comrades... If a fox stole your chickens... Would you slaughter your pig because he saw the fox? No. You would hunt the fox... You would find where it lives and destroy it! And how do we do this? Become a fox.
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