[Marxism] Hollywood rightwing insanity

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Oct 17 19:44:10 MDT 2012

On 10/17/12 9:16 PM, michael perelman wrote:
> Isn't Red Dawn  Jack Abramoff's film?

He was responsible for another doozy:

Red Scorpion
 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Theatrical release poster
Directed by 	Joseph Zito
Produced by 	Jack Abramoff

The plot centers on Lundgren's character Nikolai Petrovitch Radchenko, a 
Soviet Spetsnaz-trained KGB agent who is sent to an African country 
where Soviet, Czechoslovakian and Cuban forces are helping the 
government fight an anti-communist rebel movement. He fights with 
dedication for his Soviet commanders, until he is thrown in jail for 
drunkenly shooting up a bar. During his night in the cell, he meets an 
American journalist and a resistance fighter whom the Soviet command 
have designated both as an espionage/terrorist threat, and Nikolai 
learns the truth about the Soviet presence.

Nikolai is ordered to assassinate the movement's leader, but eventually 
turns against his government by switching sides. Disgraced and tortured 
by his commanding officers for failing his mission, he breaks out of the 
interrogation chamber and escapes to the desert, later to be found by 
native people. He soon learns about them and their culture, and after 
receiving a ceremonial burn scar in the form of a scorpion (hence the 
title), he rejoins the freedom fighters and leads an attack against the 
Soviet camp after a previous attack at the rebel stronghold. Nikolai 
steals an AO-63 from the armoury, fights his corrupt officers and hunts 
down General Vortek, who attempts to escape in a Mil-24 Hind only to be 
shot down after takeoff. Nikolai defeats and kills Vortek, as the 
freedom fighters finally defeat the Soviet oppression.

Production and controversy

After being denied the right from filming in Swaziland and a search for 
other locations, the film was made in Namibia (then South-West Africa). 
Warner Bros., who had a negative pickup deal to release the picture, 
pulled out for the breach of their contract with the production. Artists 
and Athletes Against Apartheid then condemned the production for 
breaking the international boycott against South Africa. The film 
allegedly received help from the South African government as part of its 
propaganda efforts to undermine international sympathy for the African 
National Congress (see International Freedom Foundation).

With all the delays and productions issues, the film went over budget by 
8-10 million dollars (approximately twice the initial amount).

Abramoff later claimed that he did not intend the film to contain so 
much violence and profanity, blaming the director. He established a 
short-lived "Committee for Traditional Jewish Values in Entertainment" 
to release films more in line with his values, but later abandoned the 
project, feeling it would be unfeasible.

A sequel, Red Scorpion 2, appeared in 1994, although the story is 
largely unrelated to the first installment.

Red Scorpion had a world premiere at the 1988 MIFED film market, and was 
released theatrically in Germany and Japan in January 1989, then 
domestically USA on April 21, 1989. The movie was released theatrically 
worldwide except in the United Kingdom (where it went "direct to video" 
in January 1990).

Months later, Sharpiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment Home Video released the 
movie on videocassette and laserdisc. In 1993, a budget tape of the film 
was released by Starmaker. The movie has had at least two Region 1 DVD 
releases. The first DVD was released in 1998 by Simitar and the second 
DVD was released in 2002 by 20th Century Fox. In 2005, Tango 
Entertainment released a UMD of the film for the Sony PlayStation 
Portable. The two DVDs are now discontinued.

The film was directed by Joseph Zito and represents his first authorial 
effort half a decade after the release of the Chuck Norris vehicles 
Missing in Action and Invasion U.S.A..

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