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1958 (USA) See more »
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From Another Continent ... Destruction!!! Panic!! ... before the Rocket Strikes!
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A cold-war propaganda film, released not too long after the launch of Sputnik, intended to rally public support for an anti-ballistic missile program... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Barry Mahon 
 
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Barry Mahon  unconfirmed (uncredited)

Produced by
Al Barron .... associate producer (as Al Baron)
Steve Broidy .... associate producer (as Steve Brody)
Rick Carrier .... associate producer
Barry Mahon .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Mike Tabb (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Smiler 
 
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Al Barron .... sets (as Al Baron)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Tracy .... assistant camera
 
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Barry Mahon .... presenter
 

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"Five Minutes to Zero" - USA (alternative title)
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68 min
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Factual errors: One of the Russian soldiers is armed with an American Browning Automatic Rifle. The rest of the Russian soldiers are also incorrectly armed with bolt-action rifles, since the AK-47 had been adopted as the standard issue rifle six years prior to the events in the movie.See more »
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Tannah:Last month I became the mistress of the secretary of defense. When the pig gets drunk, he talks.
John Manston:What a setup!
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pre 9/11 paranoia., 23 October 2002
Author: madsagittarian from Toronto, Canada

In 1986, SNL alumni Laraine Newman starred in a 13-installment series called "Canned Film Festival", in which she and regular customers in a phony theater snackbar setting would talk about the bad movie that was playing in that night's schedule. What the writers failed to realize was that the irritating "comic relief" offered up by this stock pile of wannabes was nowhere nearly as funny as the films they showed... that took themselves seriously!

Cue ROCKET ATTACK USA. This typically lethargic Barry Mahon epic (remember CUBAN REBEL GIRLS?) is nonetheless a real scream. It is an outrageous piece of grimy slop. This is the kind of Grade Z espionage flick which heavily relies on stock footage, people reacting to offscreen cut-ins, and the principal cast "emoting" in front of those great nondescript black backgrounds. This is the kind of movie where a person gets mowed down by machine guns, and says, "You go ahead- I'm all right."

I haven't seen this film since, but I would love to have another look at it. However, in light of the atrocities of September 11, no-one would dare program it. After all, it does feature rockets attacking New York City. In today's climate, pictures like this and SHACK OUT ON 101, can no longer be viewed as hilariously outdated, naive pieces of Red Scare Propaganda. Suddenly, we understand how our ancestors felt back in the 1950's... being on the verge of disaster. Who knew that a Barry Mahon film would be topical?

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