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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  5 July 1962 (USA)
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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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Harry Baldwin
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Marilyn Hayes
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Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
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Dr. Powell Strong (as Willis Buchet)
Neil Nephew ...
Andy
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender ...
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Andrea Lane ...
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Scott Peters ...
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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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The trailer used in the film was a 1962 Kenskill model 17 1/2, built in Sun Valley, California (in the San Fernando Valley). See more »

Goofs

Before he goes to help his father tear down the bridge, Rick (Frankie Avalon) removes his jacket and throws it onto the trunk lid of the car, where it is briefly visible. Rick then goes into the trailer to fetch a rope and a hatchet. Just a few seconds later, from a slightly longer camera shot, we see him exit the trailer, but now the jacket has disappeared. See more »

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[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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SURPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE...AND FRANKIE AVALON CAN ACT!
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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