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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

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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
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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Storyline

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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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 »

Goofs

The buck didn't stop here: Rick (Frankie Avalon) shoots a buck and carries it on his back up to where his father (Ray Milland) is standing. Rick lets the buck drop off his back, and it hits the ground and rolls behind him, until it disappears off screen. Camera angle switches to a close-up of Rick and his father talking. Then there's a wider camera shot as both father and son turn to look at the buck, but the buck is now lying on the ground almost right next to Rick. 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 TJ and the All Night Theatre: Panic in Year Zero (1977) See more »

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A survival kit for those of us living in Los Angeles
18 August 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland as Harry Baldwin does all he can to keep his family safe from the harsh realities of Nuclear Warfare and mankind at its worst. Living in Los Angeles, this film gives us a pattern to survive such an attack if we are just as lucky as the Baldwin family because they are a safe distance from the heart of the city. People become "dogs" and will attack, steal and murder just to stay alive and that is the basis of the whole film "survival from people." Hiding in the mountains is really the only place for safety if one can find a cave like the Baldwins did. There are many scenes to remember but the one that always comes to my mind happens as the Baldwin's camper must find a way to pass a crowded highway and Mr. Baldwin's solution represents everything that he is trying to save his family from. What a contradiction from him. In this age of nuclear possibilities this film is a must see.


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