Back in 1984 the United States was embroiled in a war that was felt the world over. It’s frigid and death dealing hands reached from the shores of San Diego and Charleston, to the far away lands of Ho Chi Minh City and Moscow. It was a war that effected the lives of Americans in ways that no other war had ever done. The physical toll was there, no doubt. Like any other war in the history of mankind it was fought with the most destructive weapons available. What was different about The Cold War was that it carried with it a psychological component that no other conflict had carried before. The Soviet Union and their allies were in stark contrast to the Americans and their allies. Like most wars, it was a clash of cultures; of ideas and the very symbolism that created the political systems that presided in each nation. On one end was the bastions of communism; a nation of people controlled by their government. On the other you had a democracy, where the government was controlled by the people. If this all sounds overly simplified for you then go read a book or something. It’s Woman Crush Wednesday and I have come here for one thing: Babes.
Before she was Ferris Bueller’s sister or ever considered Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey was a freedom fighter mowing down the communist dogs who dared to invade our precious U.S.A. The early parts of the film granted us no female counterparts to stars Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen but soon two young and not so innocent girls are added to the guerilla fighting unit known simply as Wolverines.
There’s no time for love interests or wooing, this isn’t Pride and Prejudice. Jennifer Grey and her female partner in crime are two badass chicks with ice in their veins and a pair of nuts bigger and hairier than half of SEAL Team 6.
I never even realized that Lea Thomson was in Red Dawn! I don’t know if that’s a testament to her acting or just the fact that for one time in my life I didn’t look at the female characters of this film as something to be used just for sexy time. She may have well been infatuated with Powers Boothe in the film. I mean, who wouldn’t be attracted to someone with the name “Powers”? But Thomson’s performance was nothing short of superb in the subtle ways in which she and Grey show that not all wounds from war are physical.
I would be remiss if I didn’t at least acknowledge that both Lea Thomson and Jennifer Grey were bonafide 80’s babes!