Nothing More Patriotic Than Defeating Russians
As we Americans celebrate our nation's birthday once again, let's take a look back at some "patriotic" 80s actions films that showed us just where those oppressive Russian villains could put their hammer and sickle.
Even today we have movies with Russian villains. The difference nowadays compared to those 80s action flicks is that it's not the entire Soviet Union plotting against the world, mainly because of its disbandment in 1991. Today, we see more groups or individuals depicted with that cold war U.S.S.R. attitude, like the Russian extremists in Air Force One or Teddy KGB in Rounders. I think we still have these Russian bad guys as a direct result of a few 80s movies that really pushed the need for Americans to triumph over the Soviet Union.
Invasion U.S.A. - Holy Crap! They're invading Florida? And you thought it was a safe place to retire. So Colorado and now Florida...no place is safe!! My dad and I are big fans of Chuck Norris action movies. And although this 1985 movie wasn't a huge hit at the box office, it was enough of an impact in my mind that it was possible that our Communists neighbors in Cuba could wreak some havoc as well. Also, another point I took away from this particular film was that any attacks by the Cubans would obviously be initiated by the Soviet Union. Any attacks on the US was a direct result of strings pulled by the Soviets.
Rocky IV - Ivan Drago is probably the most recognizable Russian villain of all time mainly because of the success of the film. Rocky IV was the 3rd highest grossing film at the box office in 1985. And although it wasn't a war movie per se, it depicted the American/Russian tension at the time with each boxer a representative of his country. When Drago punches the life out of Apollo Creed, a swelling of American patriotism ensues with a must-win attitude over the Soviets. Of course, we all knew that the US was not undersized and outmatched like Rocky was depicted in the film, but it put in all our minds that when the Soviets come calling...the USA answers.
So those are a few 80s action films that I vividly remember having an impact on my view of Soviet Union. There are many more that showed us those Russian bullies were a force to be reckoned with...but also that they were nothing the good ol' USA couldn't handle. Happy 4th of July!