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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Baldwin
Ann Baldwin
Rick Baldwin
Mary Mitchel ...
Karen Baldwin
Joan Freeman ...
Marilyn Hayes
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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Release Date:

5 July 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

End of the World  »

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$225,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


After lighting a cigarette for his father, Rick Baldwin is shooting a "bird" with his hand up on his chest. See more »


[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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A family scrambles desperately to survive after a nuclear attack sends them fleeing into the countryside.
3 March 1999 | by (Airdrie, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

A real surprise for the time it was made: well thought out, and frighteningly logical as well as dramatic. Other surprises: Milland directing himself in a rather harsh role, and Frankie Avalon playing Milland's son... hey, I know he was in (too many) movies, but who would've thought the guy could actually act?

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