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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

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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Harry Baldwin
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Ann Baldwin
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Rick Baldwin
Mary Mitchel ...
Karen Baldwin
Joan Freeman ...
Marilyn Hayes
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Carl
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Mickey
Richard Garland ...
Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
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Dr. Powell Strong (as Willis Buchet)
Neil Burstyn ...
Andy (as Neil Nephew)
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Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender ...
Leader At Roadblock
Andrea Lane ...
Waitress
Scott Peters ...
Army Sergeant
Shary Marshall ...
Bobbie Johnson
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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... "A" - DAY WHEN CIVILIZATION CAME TO AN END! See more »


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$225,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film inspired the Steely Dan song 'King of the World' on their second album 'Countdown to Ecstacy.' Donald Fagen of the band referred to this in interview. See more »

Goofs

After the family sees the flashes of light they stand behind the trailer. Then they go to check the car radio and leave the driver's door open. The driver's door is open in the closer shots but closed in the wide shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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Featured in Atomic Shock! Joe Dante on 'Panic in Year Zero!' (2016) See more »

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An honest look at a post-nuclear holocaust
29 July 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A family struggles to survive the anarchy in a world devastated by nuclear war. This is a believable story by the standards of the time it was produced; the possibility of a nuclear winter had not yet been considered. There are no bands of mutants roaming around eating the survivors, just ordinary criminal types. Yes, I'm afraid that circumstances like that do bring such people out of the woodworks. Ray Milland's character makes intelligent, and sometimes hard, decisions to ensure his family's survival.


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