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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 July 1962 (USA)
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
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Karen Baldwin
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Marilyn Hayes
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Carl
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Mickey
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Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
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Dr. Powell Strong (as Willis Buchet)
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Andy (as Neil Nephew)
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Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender ...
Leader At Roadblock
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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! See more »


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End of the World  »

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$225,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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In the scene where the bridge is pulled down, to the left you can see bushes and the bridge pilings being pulled quickly in the opposite direction. 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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Referenced in Matinee (1993) See more »

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Go into it expecting little, and you'll get a lot.
30 July 2000 | by (Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

American International pics are pretty consistent lesser-grade pleasures. If you have a taste for them, there is a vast library of reasonably entertaining AIP movies out there. And occasionally they even outdo themselves. Panic in Year Zero is one of those better than average movies. Working with a typically low AIP budget, Milland, as director, concentrated on getting really fine performances out of the actors and telling his post-atomic war story by focusing on one family trying to find safety in isolation. Overall, it worked well and makes this a film worth seeing.


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