Red Dawn was the first movie that both got people interested in owning AK's en masse in America, and suppsedly single-handedly gave inspiration to the militia movement.
It was the first movie rated PG-13.
It was filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico, a town about three hours drive from me.
The RPK machine gun featured in the film was actually a thumbhole-stocked Valmet. This was LOOOONG before any gun bans required thumbhole stocks.
The "Russian" AKM's were actually pre-ban Maadis. Very few were converted to full auto. Most of the guns in the film were semi-auto guns right off the shelf. Only if the gun needed to be shown FIRING in full auto was one of the few converted guns used. These converted Maadis are prized collectors' items now, changing hands for King's Ransoms. As they were converted prior to 1986 when the laws on transferable full autos were changed, they represent some of the last AK-type weapons that were converted and remain fully transferable.
During my search back during my initial AKSU build, I wanted a "legal" folder so pre-ban AKM receiver was my goal.
Was I going to buy an exspensive mint pre-ban Hungy or Steyr and chop it just to get the receiver? Hell no so I started my search and I ended up at Long Mountain who was the broker for all the Red Dawn Maadis.
After contacting them and telling them my plan for the receiver I was able to secure the absolute worst conditioned one that was still very mechanically sound. I swear every scene a AKM was dropped, this rifle had to been the example used.
Once I had secured my Red Dawn Maadi on 01/03/2001 , I then told the "network" where they could get them, Tantal being one of the guys.
You can read up about them and which S/N weapons they had...mine being S/N 1586