It is the mid-1980s. From out of the sky, Soviet & Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroops have attacked the school & sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols & bows and arrows, the teens struggles to survive the bitter winter & Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them. Eventually trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon, they will wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops….under the banner of ‘Woverines’! —IMDb.com
John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures.
Milius was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Elizabeth (née Roe) and William Styx Milius, who was a shoe manufacturer. Milius attempted to join the Marine Corps in the late 1960s, but was rejected due to chronic asthma. He ascribes his fascination with guns and the military to this disappointment.
A former student at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, Milius started his movie career in a student film contest in 1967, taking first prize for his entry Marcello I’m Bored. Milius wrote, co-wrote or directed the films Jeremiah Johnson (with Edward Anhalt), Dirty Harry (uncredited), Apocalypse Now, Dillinger, Magnum Force, The Wind and the Lion, Rough Riders, Big Wednesday, 1941, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Farewell to the King, Flight of the Intruder, the TNT feature Motorcycle Gang, Geronimo… read more
Nowhere near a great movie, not even a good one, but seems like a work of genius next to that crap flingfest they called the remake. Filming real things definitely goes a long way next to cheap, CGI-filled garbage and corner-cutting screenwriting and plot development. Neither movie is an example to be imitated in the medium, but you'd be better off doing things for real, the hard way.
Focusing more on the theme of teamwork and brotherhood rather than the consequences of war and invasion this 80's action flick has decent action scenes but the quiet, suspenseful, and subtle moments of dread are standout. And while each death comes only when the screenplay needs it at least the existential Cuban is a nice touch.
I consider this film to be a very good example of what the Cold War inspired to Hollywood. On that angle it is quite interesting, also regarding its "guerrilla aspect", otherwise I consider it dull. I figure it must have been quite something when it was released at the time, thus it might be necessary to watch it with that in mind.