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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
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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
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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5 July 1962 (USA)  »

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End of the World  »

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$225,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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The tires on the car squeal as the car speeds away from the hardware store, which would be impossible on a dirt street. See more »

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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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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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