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A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As lawlessness prevails, the father must fight to keep his family alive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Baldwin
Ann Baldwin
Rick Baldwin
Mary Mitchel ...
Karen Baldwin
Joan Freeman ...
Marilyn Hayes
Richard Bakalyan ...
Rex Holman ...
Richard Garland ...
Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
Dr. Powell Strong (as Willis Buchet)
Neil Burstyn ...
Andy (as Neil Nephew)
Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender ...
Leader At Roadblock
Andrea Lane ...
Scott Peters ...
Army Sergeant
Shary Marshall ...
Bobbie Johnson


While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties. Not one to give up, he holds up a store for supplies and hides the family in a cave. Written by alfiehitchie

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An orgy of looting and lust! See more »


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5 July 1962 (USA)  »

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End of the World  »

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Re-released in 1965 as "The End of the World" but only appeared as such in a few theaters, mostly in the Los Angeles area (Source: The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures). Was released under the original title thereafter. See more »


When Mr. Baldwin throws a pail of gasoline across the busy highway to make the traffic stop so they could get across, the resultant fire is much larger and more prolonged than the small amount shown could have produced. See more »


[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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Referenced in Matinee (1993) See more »

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15 July 1999 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Los Angeles family vacation is interrupted by nuclear war. Now they must escape into the mountains to avoid the radiation, the panic, and the rapists.

Despite the insipid nuclear holocaust effects (looks more like a thunderstorm), this is a surprisingly effective movie. Milland elicits effective performances from each and every member of his cast (Frankie Avalon has never been better). The menace, humiliation and sheer terror of rape has never been more poignantly depicted on the screen, and all without nudity. A minor classic.

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