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Red Dawn (2012)

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Red Dawn
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Dan Bradley
Release Date 2012
Studio Contrafilm
Distributor FilmDistrict
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jed Eckert Chris Hemsworth
Matt Eckert Josh Peck
Toni Walsh Adrianne Palicki
Robert Kitner Josh Hutcherson
Erica Martin Isabel Lucas
Daryl Jenkins Connor Cruise
Captain Cho Will Yun Lee
Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Red Dawn is the 2012 remake of the 1984 Charlie Sheen/Patrick Swayze film of the same name. Instead of Soviet forces, the remake involves an invasion of the western United States by an East Asian enemy force. The film was filmed in late 2009, and was slated to hit theaters in November 2010, but due to financial troubles at MGM, the film was shelved. Shortly before its release, the invaders, which were depicted as originating from China, were subsequently altered to being from North Korea, mainly due to concern that a negative depiction of the PLA may result in the Chinese government banning any future MGM films, such as the then-upcoming Skyfall. The film was eventually released in November of 2012. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The movie may be a possible twin film to Tomorrow, When the War Began, since both feature a group of amateurish teenagers banding together to repel an invading army from their country.

The following weapons were used in the film Red Dawn (2012):


Browning Hi-Power

After the Eckert brothers and their friends escape the North Korean invasion to their father's cabin, Pete (Steve Lenz) finds a Browning Hi-Power from the old RV. He eagerly uses it, nearly blowing Jed Eckert's (Chris Hemsworth) head off, causing Jed to seize the Browning from him. Jed then uses the Browning during the training montage. Julie Goodyear (Alyssa Diaz) also briefly uses the Browning during a sabotage attack. Jed's brother Matt (Josh Peck) later takes the Browning Hi-Power during the escape from the high-rise building near the end of the film.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Josh Peck holds the Browning Hi-Power in a publicity still for the film.
Pete finds the Hi-Power.
Jed holds the Hi-Power during the training montage.
Julie grips the Hi-Power as she ducks for cover.
Matt holds the Hi-Power.

Makarov PM

All of the North Korean officers carry Makarov PM pistols as their sidearms throughout the film, most notably Captain Cho (Will Yun Lee). Russian soldiers also carry Makarovs in leg holsters. Danny Jackson (Edwin Hodge) throws one away after the assassination attempt on Captain Cho (Will Yun Lee), to avoid capture. Jackson most likely seized the Makarov from a fallen Noth Korean soldier.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Captain Cho fires his Makarov PM.
A North Korean officer prepares to execute a civilian.
Danny's Makarov in the air.
Captain Cho searches for Jed Eckert inside the Spokane police station.

Smith & Wesson 59

Toni Walsh (Adrianne Palicki) uses a Smith & Wesson 59 during a couple of surprise attacks on the North Korean forces.

Smith & Wesson Model 59 - 9x19mm
Toni fires the Smith.
Toni fires her Smith & Wesson 59.

Intratec TEC-9

The Wolverines acquire several Intratec TEC-9 pistols converted to fire fully automatic from the townspeople during the training montage. Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) test fires one of the TEC-9s, after Robert Kitner (Josh Hutcherson) admires them, showing how poor the accuracy is. Jed, Robert, and Daryl Jenkins (Connor Cruise) use the TEC-9s during and after an ambush.

Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm
An Intratec TEC-9 in a duffel bag.
A TEC-9 lays on some moss before Jed picks the gun up.
Jed fires one of the TEC-9s, showing the poor accuracy of the gun, later expressing the need to secure better weaponry.
Jed fires his TEC-9 at the KPA troops in an ambush.
Jed fires his TEC-9.
Robert with his TEC-9 after the ambush.

Glock 17

Spokane Police Sergeant Tom Eckert (Brett Cullen) carries a Glock 17, which is visible when he leaves the house to patrol on blackout duty. Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) takes and uses his father's Glock 17 pistol from a safebox, during the Wolverines' attack on the KPA's base inside the Spokane Police headquarters.

2nd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
Tom Eckert's Glock in a belt holster (circled in red).
Jed Eckert fires the Glock.
"You fucked with the wrong family." Jed fires the Glock.

Kimber Custom TLE II

Sergeant Hodges (Matt Gerald) of the USMC, carries a customized M1911A1 with custom sand-grips, and Novak sights in a thigh holster. He uses the pistol during the Wolverines' attack on the KPA at the Spokane Police headquarters. The M1911A1 is most likely a lightly customized Kimber Custom TLE II. Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) also carries one in a thigh holster.

Kimber Custom TLE II - .45 ACP
Sgt. Hodges pulls his sidearm after his M4A1 runs empty. Note the high-profile Novak sights.
Hodges fires his sidearm at the North Koreans. Here we can see the sand-colored grips.
Hodges lowers his sidearm after the slide locks back, giving us a good look at the rear sight.

Submachine Guns

Cobray M11/9

Along with several TEC-9s, the Wolverines acquire a Cobray M11/9 submachine gun from the townspeople during the training montage. Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) uses the Cobray M11/9 during an ambush.

SWD M11/9 SMG with folding stock - 9x19mm

Matt fires the M11/9 at the North Korean soldiers.
Matt holds the M11/9 in the background.


Remington 700

Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) finds a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle at their father's cabin. He gives it to his brother Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth), who carries it until the group acquires better weaponry. Toni Walsh (Adrianne Palicki) and Daryl Jenkins (Connor Cruise) also use the rifle during the training montage. Robert Kitner (Josh Hutcherson) later uses the rifle during a hunting trip with Jed and Matt.

Remington 700 - .308 Winchester
Matt Eckert checks the rifle.
Jed Eckert aims the Remington rifle at their father's cabin.
Jed with the rifle.
Toni fires the rifle during the training montage.
Daryl Jenkins fires the Remington 700 during the training montage.
Robert holds the Remington as Jed guides him during the hunting trip.

Winchester Model 1894

Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) finds a Winchester Model 1894 rifle at their father's cabin and uses the rifle as his primary firearm until the Wolverines acquire better weaponry. Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) also briefly handles this rifle at the cabin as well. Daryl Jenkins (Connor Cruise) briefly uses this weapon during the training montage.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Matt finds the rifle.
Matt holds the Winchester.
Daryl (off screen) holds the Winchester 94 while the eldest Eckert brother is menaced by three Wolverines armed with what appears to be an airsoft gun and a wooden toy.
Matt fires his Winchester during the training montage.

AKM (Modified to resemble AK-103)

Most North Korean soldiers carry AKM rifles, visually modified with the addition of plastic furniture and AK-74-style muzzle brakes to resemble the AK-103s, as their primary firearms in the film. Russian soldiers are also equipped with similar AKMs, but with additional full-length railed handguards. Toni Walsh (Adrianne Palicki) carries a modified AKM after previously using an AKMSU after the first ambush. Daryl Jenkins (Connor Cruise) uses a scoped AKM during an attempted assassination during a North Korean ceremony. After the Wolverines' ambush on North Korean soldiers to secure better weaponry, Matt Eckert (Josh Peck), Daryl Jenkins, and Danny Jackson (Edwin Hodge) all use stockless AKMs with black plastic furniture for the first half of the film. Matt gives up his AKM to a civilian in order to avoid capture, and Danny ditches his AKM after the same battle for similar reasons. Daryl, Robert Kitner (Josh Hutcherson), Matt Eckert, and Danny Jackson then carry plain AKM mock-ups for most of the film. Corporal Smith (Kenneth Choi) also briefly uses AKM to distract some North Korean soldiers. Captain Cho (Will Yun Lee) fires an AKM during the assault on the KPA base.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
AK-103 Modern Russian AK rifle - 7.62x39mm
Daryl aims the scoped AKM, showing the AK-103-style muzzle brake, while setting up for an ambush.
He takes cover during from machine gun fire during a gunbattle.
Connor Cruise holds an AKM with the stock removed in a publicity still for the film.
Danny Jackson aims his stockless AKM during a sabotage attack.
Daryl Jenkins holds his stockless AKM as he takes cover with Robert.
Daryl holds his stockless AKM on a 'sandwich artist' (Subway employee).
Matt fires his stockless AKM while rescuing his girlfriend.
Danny tosses his stockless AKM through the air as he abandons it.
Toni holds her rifle as she hears noises in the woods.
Toni holds her AKM on a surprised Sgt. Hodges.
Cpl. Smith (Kenneth Choi) uses an enemy AKM during the attack on the KPA base, to distract some of the North Korean soldiers.
Robert fires his modified AKM left-handed after being surprised by North Korean soldiers.
Matt fires his AKM at enemy soldiers in the KPA base.
Capt. Cho fires his modified AKM at Jed during the Wolverines' assault on the KPA base.
A North Korean soldier aims his modified AKM rifle near the end of the film.


Some of the North Korean soldiers use AKMSU carbines modified with KCI quad rail systems. Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) uses an AKMSU carbine as his weapon of choice after capturing in an ambush. Toni Walsh (Adrianne Palicki) also uses an AKMSU after the first ambush, but later switches to one of the AKM/AK-103 mock-ups. Greg (Julian Alcaraz) and Julie Goodyear (Alyssa Diaz) use AKMSU carbines as well.

AKMSU with RIS handguard - 7.62x39mm
Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) holds an AKMSU in a publicity still.
Jed with his AKMSU at his side as he briefs his friends.
Jed holds his AKMSU.
Toni holds her AKMSU before the attempted attack on the North Korean ceremony.
Jed holds his AKMSU during the attemted attack on the ceremony.
Jed fires the AKMSU at approaching Russian soldiers.
Julie fires her AKMSU during an ambush.
Jed wields his AKMSU during the attack on the KPA base.
Jed does a tactical reload and inserts a fresh magazine into his AKMSU.

Norinco Type 56

Some North Korean soldiers carry Norinco Type 56 assault rifles, distinguishable by their hooded sights, with black plastic furniture. Robert Kitner (Josh Hutcherson) also uses one, but with the stock removed, for the first half of the film before replacing it with an M249 SAW machine gun.

Norinco Type 56 (Imported into the U.S. as the Norinco AKS-47 or AKS-47 Sporter) - 7.62x39mm. Rather than having the underfolder pig sticker Bayonet assembly, this has the standard Bayonet lug underneath the gas block as the AKM and later variants.
Robert holds his stockless Norinco Type 56. Note the hooded sight.
Robert holds his stockless Type 56 on a 'sandwich artist'.

Colt M4A1 carbine

USMC Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his subordinates Sergeant Hodges (Matt Gerald) and Corporal Smith (Kenneth Choi) all carry M4A1 carbines as their primary firearms. SgtMaj. Tanner and Cpl. Smith have ACOG scopes with attached Docter red dot sights, tactical flashlights, and foregrips on their M4A1 carbines. Sgt. Hodges has an EOTech sight, and a SureFire M900 weaponlight/foregrip combo on his carbine. They all mount suppresors on their M4A1s during the assault on the KPA base .

Colt M4A1 Carbine with Trijicon ACOG, Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and KAC vertical forward grip and CAR-15 buttstock - 5.56x45mm
M4A1 with EOTech 552 A65 Holographic sight and SureFire M951XM05 tactical light - 5.56x45mm
The Wolverines and the Marines with their M4A1 carbines.
Cpl. Smith holds his custom M4A1 during the assault on the KPA base.
SgtMaj. Tanner holds his M4A1 carbine inside the KPA base.
Sgt. Hodges he clears a room with his custom M4A1.
Sgt. Hodges with his M4A1 while taking cover from a grenade.
SgtMaj. Tanner fires his suppressed M4A1 at North Korean soldiers.
Sgt. Hodges fires his suppressed carbine at North Korean soldiers.
SgtMaj. Tanner fires his M4A1 at North Korean soldiers.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

Several Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Guns are mounted on KPA (North Korean) Humvees and tanks. Robert Kitner (Josh Hutcherson) hijacks an M2HB during the assault on the KPA base. Toni Walsh (Adrianne Palicki) also mans an M2HB during the assault at the end of the film.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A KPA soldier mans an M2HB on a Humwee.
A North Korean soldier fires an M2HB at the KPA base.
Robert mans the M2HB machine gun.
Toni fires the machine gun.

FN M240B

M240B machine guns are mounted on KPA armored vehicles in the film.

M240B with newer style lower handguard (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut) - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A M240 machine gun on a KPA M1 Abrams (circled in red).


Robert Kitner (Josh Hutcherson) uses an M249 SAW with a 100-round cloth magazine for the second half of the film and uses it during the assault on the Wolverine's hideout. Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) hands the SAW to Toni Walsh (Adrianne Palicki) during the preparation for the assault on the KPA base. Near the end of the film, Robert gives the M249 to Daryl Jenkins (Connor Cruise).

M249-E2 SAW - upgraded M249 with heat shield and full synthetic Stock, equipped with a 200 round ammo drum - 5.56x45mm
Robert takes cover from incoming machine gun fire.
Robert fires his SAW, killing the machine gunner. While not visible in this picture, in a continuity error in the scene, his belt visibly runs out, yet he is still firing when the camera switches to the scene below.
Robert fires the M249 SAW.
Robert with his M249 SAW as he cries "Wolverines!".
Matt hands Toni the M249 SAW.
Robert fires his M249 at Russian soldiers.
Daryl holds the M249 SAW.

GE M134 Minigun

A GE M134 Minigun is seen mounted on a UH-1 helicopter. Another Minigun is later seen on Erica's (Isabel Lucas) Ford Mustang, manned by Robert (Josh Hutcherson). These are original M134s upgraded by Garwood Industries.

Garwood Industries M134G - 7.62x51mm NATO
The GE M134 mounted on Erica's Ford Mustang.
Robert fires the GE M134 Minigun during the final assault
Robert fires the Minigun.

PKS Machine Gun

A North Korean soldier fires a PKS Machine Gun when the Wolverines attack the KPA base inside the Spokane Police headquarters.

PKS on Samojenkov tripod - 7.62x54mmR. Note the lack of a hinged shoulder strap on the stock and the fluted barrel; these differentiate the PK from the later PKM. This example is also seen with an earlier tripod without the modern tripod's belt box mount.
The soldier fires the PKS.

RPK Light Machine Gun

KPA soldiers use an RPK light machine gun to return fire after the Wolverines attack the North Korean ceremony.

RPK Light Machine Gun with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
A North Korean soldier engages the Wolverines with an RPK.


Type 69 RPG

A North Korean KPA soldier fires a Type 69 RPG early in the film. Toni (Adrianne Palicki) and Erica (Isabel Lucas) also use the Type 69 RPG during the assault on the KPA base at the Spokane Police headquarters. The RPG's are all fitted with PGO-7 scopes.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
A KPA soldier fires a Type 69 RPG.
Erica loads up a round into her Type 69 RPG. Note: this scene appeared in a different angle in the film's final release. This shot appeared in the trailers.
Erica holds her RPG.
Toni and Erica fire their RPGs.
Erica aims her Type 69. Note: this shot did not appear in the film, but only in the trailers, probably due to re-shoots.


A KPA soldier is seen with a unknown flamethrower while burning down the Eckert family cabin.

The KPA soldier uses the flamethrower on the forest.

M67 Hand Grenade

Captain Cho (Will Yun Lee) uses an M67 hand grenade against the Wolverines, during their assault on the KPA base. Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) also uses an M67 hand grenade during the attack on the Wolverine's hideout.

M67 fragmentation grenade
An M67 grenade hangs from a vest's webbing.
Captain Cho's M67 on the floor.

M18A1 Claymore

During the preparation for the assault on the KPA base, Robert booby traps their hideout with an M18A1 Claymore. He probably got it from one of the Marines.

M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine
Robert arms the Claymore.

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