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Throwback Thursday: First PG-13 movie airs

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Red Dawn, the first movie to air with a PG-13 rating, showed in theaters 33 years ago, according to the History Channel.

Patrick Swayze starred in the action thriller about teenagers in Colorado defending their town from Russian and Cuban Communists.

The Motion Picture Association of America gave a PG-13 rating to another movie, The Flamingo Kid, first. However, The Flamingo Kid aired after Red Dawn did.

The MPPA created the PG-13 category in July of 1984. It began the movie rating system in 1968 to help parents decide what movies were appropriate for their children to watch.





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