For May Day: Five Best Dirty, Rotten, Stinking Commies In The Movies
5. Crack Red Army paratroops -- Red Dawn (1984)
When the history of World War III is finally written, the Soviet Union's decision to invade Colorado will be listed as a military blunder on par with the invasion of Afghanistan.
Still, how the hell did they get all the way to Colorado?
The message behind this thinly veiled allegory for Stalinist takeover is clear: only Commies beat their kids. Modern FBI domestic assault records notwithstanding.
I'm taken back to the time I saw this in the theater with my parents, and my Dad -- doing his best Ronald Reagan impersonation -- said, "Well, I'm not gonna change." Luckily, Rocky and the Soviet leader were able to hold their own summit.
I have nothing to say that could add to Lansbury's excellent performance. I will, however, echo the first YouTube comment and say that if you like this movie you should totally listen to "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche.
2007's Mr. Brooks marked Costner's first return to a bad guy role, meaning he was somehow able to avoid being typecast after No Way Out's shocker of an ending. And no, you don't get spoiler warnings for 20-year old movies. Grow up.