Marine Corps Releases New ‘Red Dawn’ Recruiting Commercial To Theaters Paul November 21, 2012 Marine Corps 31 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: QUANTICO, VA – Marine Corps officials are hailing the release of Red Dawn, the latest recruiting commercial to hit movie theaters nationwide. The roughly 90-minute spot, which hits theaters today, is a remake of a classic 1980s film of the same name starring Patrick Swayze, which followed a young American insurgency fighting back against a Soviet invasion. The 2012 version features an invasion from North Korea, and stars Chris Hemsworth as lead character Jed Eckert. “This commercial is probably one of the best ones we have ever done,” said Capt. Steven McGee with Recruiting Command. “We thought the last commercial we released to theaters, Battle: Los Angeles, would never be topped. But I think folks are going to be pleasantly surprised.” In the 2012 version of Red Dawn, Eckert is a Marine, home on leave after a combat tour. After the North Koreans invade and enter his hometown, he does what every Marine is trained to do. “He heads straight to the armory to stand outside waiting for weapons draw for about 45 minutes. We wanted this film to be ultra realistic, so for that period, it’s just raw, gritty — standing in a long line outside an armory,” said McGee. After Eckert gets to the armory window, he realizes that in the confusion of invasion, he forgot his weapons card. He spends a few minutes trying to reason with the armorer, saying, “hey look man, give me my damn weapon, there is shit going down out here!” But the armorer just shrugs, barely listening over the sound of an iPod in the background in the air-conditioned building, and tells him, “no card, no weapon.” Without his issued weapon, Eckert — who as a Marine is well-versed in the world renowned and highly deadly Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) — is able to dispatch a North Korean soldier with a leg sweep. After he goes down, Eckert then executes a flawless face stomp with his boot, while shouting “Marine Corps!” in accordance with regulations. After getting the enemy’s AK-47, Eckert begins to organize his friends in the neighborhood into an “insurgent platoon”, defending their homeland. In a departure from the original, which named the group “The Wolverines”, Eckert instead insists the name should be the “JJ DID TIE BUCKLE‘s.” The new recruiting effort is a sharp change from Marine commercials of the past. The release of the “It’ll Get You Laid & Driving A Corvette” commercial was hailed as the most realistic portrayal of the 1970s Marine Corps. And the 1989 “Knight” commercial reflected the Cold War equestrian arms race, with a medieval knight morphing into a Marine officer. But Recruiting Command felt the Corps wasn’t doing enough to show the awesome power of U.S. Marines, as well as highlight the threat of North Korea — a country on the cutting edge of communications, military arms, and rice-growing technology. “We believe this will be the finest recruiting commercial produced to date, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels,” said McGee. “We’ve already begun shooting our World War Z commercial, which highlights our roots as an anti-zombie force in readiness.” James Pelfrey says: July 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM “…while shouting “Marine Corps!” in accordance with regulations.” I had tears. Rusty Shackleford says: June 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM I liked this movie…..it was much better than Cats……I am going to see it again and again……… Ebenezer von Crappenstein says: June 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM 45 minutes waiting at the armory sounds about right to me! No card, no weapon…that is right on the money! Hilarious! Chris Gross says: June 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM Uh….90 SECOND spot. Not MINUTE. Ever hear of proof reading? Austin Burges says: May 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM No one attacks the ocean like North Korea Christopher Witman says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM “North Korea — a country on the cutting edge of communications, military arms, and rice-growing technology.” Ummm, yeah, that’s a bit of a stretch also. George Soriano says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Did you know that Kim Jong Il bowls a 300 game? EVERY GAME! That bitch can bowl! Bill Louis says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM SEMPER FI! Mike Harris Sr. says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Who wins? Tom LaBelle says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM I wish something like this was released before I joined the Air Force in 1979. Back then I was recruited by way of a Wall Street ad. Robin Mortinger says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM You forgot N. Korean “Missle splashing technology”! Connie May says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Please tell me some of these comments are a satire too…I can take another person saying, “hey, whattaya mean??” Jason D Sousley says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Well Shit the Marines could have had me if they wouldn’t have shown the Lava Monster fight…they are scary, but gold corvette and hot 70s chick…hell yeah! Gary Seiser says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM This is, of course, not accurate (the Marine Corps didn’t produce Red Dawn), but there’s a lot of truth in it. Armando Muir says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM I just hope this doesn’t backfire like the full metal jacket ad did and scare off cores of potential recruits Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Thank Zeus for the marine corps and their dragon killing skillz Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Rice growing technologies….awesome. Téil Kim says: January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM Not since watching “The Marine” starring John Cena, did a movie strikingly (and accurately) resemble my military service. 2012’s “Red Dawn” was my life story. It was so reminiscent to all the things I’ve lived thru, it was shocking. Shocking. I just got PTSD watching it. navyjag907 says: November 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM I did not know you were a homosexual or I would have been nicer. I need advice on how to dress better ’cause Mavis Rae, that’s my girlfriend, says she won’t put out no more if I don’t dress better. And you people know how to dress nice. navyjag907 says: November 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM You must be a peter puffer if you need prophylaxis on your eyes. Don’t get me wrong. Some of my best friends are queer and I treat them like I would any other good old boy. I’m glad you people are in uniform. Gives you a chance to make something of yourself. Hell, you can’t all be hairdressers. these things I say says: November 22, 2012 at 5:10 AM @navyjag907 just because I like to keep my mascara nice! navyjag907 says: November 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM A joke! This is the Duffle Blog. We don’t joke around. We prepare our nation’s youth to kill the enemies of our country and go home on leave and get laid by cheerleaders. Does that sound like a joke to you? I bet you’re a Communist and you hate the Baby Jesus. these things I say says: November 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM @navyjag907 but, they have no eye pro! navyjag907 says: November 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM These things save lives–Jesus Christ! When I was in the infantry and we camouflaged ourselves so the bad guys wouldn’t see us, we didn’t top off our ensemble with a DAY-GLO safety patrol belt so we would stand out and make shooting us that much easier. I hope you’re recognized as being too dangerous to be trusted with a weapon. these things I say says: November 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM @navyjag907 it’s only a joke. navyjag907 says: November 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM Are they really going to wear those stupid dayglo nerd safety belts? You don’t recruit teenagers to kill commies by dressing them up like Charlie Brown in his safety patrol uniform.//You need to offer them a chance to get laid and a chance to shoot cool looking guns at Asians. And, maybe, a chance to drink some booze if they capture any.//It’s not rocket medicine to figure this out. these things I say says: November 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM @navyjag907 those belts save lives! Matt Arnold says: November 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM Wolverines!