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Red Dawn movie remake hits big screen thanks to $16.7 million from Michigan taxpayers
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/20/2012 | Tom Gantert

Posted on 11/21/2012 1:10:07 PM PST by MichCapCon

In the upcoming remake of the movie Red Dawn, the United States is invaded by North Korea.

But it wouldn't have happened without Michigan taxpayers.

The remake of the classic Patrick Swayze 1984 movie debuts Nov. 21. It was filmed in Michigan in 2009 and the film company received $16.7 million in film credits from Michigan taxpayers.

Now Michigan residents will get a chance to see what they paid for.

After it was shot, it was widely reported that the filmmakers changed the enemy to North Korea for fear that having China as the villain again would hurt sales in that country. In 2010, movies in China brought in $1.5 billion in revenue, according to The Los Angeles Times.

"We are far more likely to be taken over by North Korea than we are to actually benefit from the Hollywood film subsidies," said Leon Drolet, chairman of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. "The premise behind film subsidies relies more on science fiction than any movie plot ever produced by them."

Red Dawn was the biggest benefactor of film credits in 2009. The Michigan Film Office reported the movie makers spent $44.4 million in the state and got back $16.7 million, which was more than twice as big as the second largest award of $6.1 million. Although the movie was filmed in 2009, its release was stalled when MGM filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

In 2009, the state gave a refundable tax credit of up to 42 percent for production work in the state. That was changed last year to 32 percent. Earlier this year, the Republican-led legislature doubled the film subsidy program from $25 million to $50 million.

"These things are really expensive and ineffective at providing economic development," said James Hohman, a fiscal policy analyst with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: film; hollywood; moviereview; reddawn
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To: Cboldt
... worked for Eaton Marshall from '78 to '84 ...

Whoa. I graduated from Marshall High School in '76. Eaton, Yale and Towne was *the* city company. Just missed you.

51 posted on 11/21/2012 3:08:54 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: cripplecreek
-- I know Holland is one of the most religious towns in the country. --

Hope College.

I think you'd get argument over what town is "most religious." I haven't spent much time in Holland since leaving in the 1960's. It's small town, far enough from Michigan City, so I figure the change in character is slow. Still, I just don't know.

Great memories though. I'd say I had an exceptional childhood. Loads of freedom, loads of community.

52 posted on 11/21/2012 3:19:22 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

I grew up in southwestern Jackson county in Hanover. There used to be a “Glory to God” garage in Hillsdale. They used to race a car at Butler Speedway.


53 posted on 11/21/2012 3:22:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cyber Liberty
-- I graduated from Marshall High School in '76. Eaton, Yale and Towne was *the* city company. Just missed you. --

You missed me if you left town. We probably know some of the same people. I was a mid-level muck-a-muck. Lunch at Rodger's Lounge, and I not only know, but am related to the folks running the BBQ on Hanover St.

54 posted on 11/21/2012 3:22:35 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Looks like Glory to God automotive is still there.

http://www.glorytogod.com/


55 posted on 11/21/2012 3:24:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 1066AD

China was on our side in the original. The bad guys were Russians and Nicaraguans. So why change that? Just add Iranians.


56 posted on 11/21/2012 3:24:56 PM PST by Argus
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To: cripplecreek
-- I grew up in southwestern Jackson county in Hanover. There used to be a "Glory to God" garage in Hillsdale. --

Hillsdale is hard core conservative. Holland was (maybe still is) too - but I remember being odd man out (10 y/o kids) in favor of Goldwater ;)

57 posted on 11/21/2012 3:29:01 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: TomGuy

...where a mussie is accused, it seems to turn out to be false, and the real culprit is a disgruntled former US military or religious extremist white guy.

&&&&
Which is why I stopped watching TV series. So sick of their propaganda.


58 posted on 11/21/2012 3:34:35 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: molson209
Now that would be a movie plot I'd believe more than an NK invasion. NK is too paranoid to ever push very many soldiers into North America. They'd be afraid the South Koreans would invade.

However, hussein citing some "need" to establish marshal law, prevent anti-government violence, stop pollution, etc. etc. - basically enforce the ultimate nanny-state on us "for our own good"... Yeah, I could see him inviting in UN troops 'cause he couldn't trust our military to enforce such an unconstitutional power grab.

59 posted on 11/21/2012 3:40:13 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Vendome

Lighten up.... It’s just a movie.... Vampires and zombies aren’t real either... The trailer looked great.... Should be a fun movie... Not mind expanding.... BTW, the first movie had Cuba invading ... Not realistic, just fun...


60 posted on 11/21/2012 3:44:59 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Springman

Me too. ‘Cept I had to move out of Michigan. They filmed the airplane crash scene about a mile from my house that I used to own before Jenny Grandstand blew me away.


61 posted on 11/21/2012 3:45:18 PM PST by cyclotic ( Obama's golden halo is really just a rusted hubcap)
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To: Cboldt

Is that the one across the street from Eaton’s?


62 posted on 11/21/2012 3:45:28 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
-- Is that the one across the street from Eaton's? --

Yes. Right across the street from the guard shack.

The BBQ is run by Charlie and Debbie Mains. I know Charlie from before his days as cutter grind supervisor, and Debbie is related to my wife. "Small world."

63 posted on 11/21/2012 4:06:41 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

You want Small World? My Uncle owned that place in the ‘60’s. Italian.


64 posted on 11/21/2012 4:08:29 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
-- You want Small World? My Uncle owned that place in the `60's. Italian. --

Heh. I bet the food was better than what 'Dub put out in the 70's ;-) I haven't spoken with Charlie or Debbie in decades, but Marshall is "small town."

And, FWIW, I like being an occupant of small town Americana.

65 posted on 11/21/2012 4:15:10 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: MichCapCon

I’d prefer North Koreans over using Nazis as bad guys AGAIN.


66 posted on 11/21/2012 4:29:34 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Bathhouse Barry wants YOU to bend over for another four years)
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To: AppyPappy

[ When my wife’s uncle’s troop train of wounded was overrun in December in Chosin, the NK attack disintegrated when the NK troops discovered the Christmas presents being sent to the troops. ]

Probably never seen a cookie or fruit cake.. I can imagine.. “cookies and whiskey and candy canes”.. with slim Jims and summer sausage to boot.. Wonder “SHAZAAM” sounds like in Norski..


67 posted on 11/21/2012 4:32:13 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Cboldt

I had to leave. I’ve settled into a research career in a distant land since then...Phoenix. LOL Also, I really don’t like snow. Ick.


68 posted on 11/21/2012 4:37:31 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: dfwgator

Don’t recall, either I didn’t have any interest in it, or I was living overseas. More likely both.


69 posted on 11/21/2012 8:00:06 PM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: agincourt1415

More like wait for it to be on Netflix streaming alongside Megashark vs. Giant Octopus.


70 posted on 11/21/2012 8:03:52 PM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: dfwgator; drbuzzard
All I remember was where they would show the Red flags with the pictures of Lenin and Lincoln next to each other.

And now we have "BO as George Washington" on the cover of Newsweek. Ugh.

71 posted on 11/21/2012 8:10:14 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

It’s getting to where I can’t watch TV since seeing O just brings up rage. I simply get angry at the blatant stupidity of my fellow citizens.


72 posted on 11/21/2012 8:16:42 PM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Cboldt

Sorry. I’m in Oregon, so I should know better.


73 posted on 11/22/2012 3:51:18 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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