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Where Have All the People Gone (1974)

A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune from the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to ... See full summary »

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A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune from the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to white powder, leaving behind only empty clothing. A handful of survivors attempt to rebuild their lives on the de-populated Earth. Written by Michael White <mpwhite@firstam.com>

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The final 6 volt systems remark in error. One of the most popular cars of the 1960s, the Volkswagen Beetle, continued to use 6 volt systems until 1967. See more »

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Steven Anders: [David is walking far ahead of the group] David, you're gonna lose us.
David Anders: You're going too slow!
Deborah Anders: [talking about Jenny] She can't walk any faster!
David Anders: I can't walk any slower!
Deborah Anders: Well, what do you expect us to do? Leave her here?
David Anders: What about Mom! How do we know what's happening to her! She may need our help now, and she's slowing us up!
Deborah Anders: You know I didn't believe he'd leave her here. What's happening to him?
Steven Anders: He's scared, hon. I guess this is his way of hiding it. Be patient with him.
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Intelligently-crafted doomsday thriller on a tight budget...
16 September 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Thoughtfully considered, well-acted made-for-TV drama stars Peter Graves as a family man on an excavation excursion with his kids in the California mountains who survives a radioactive blast followed by an earthquake; slowly, the family comes to realize the astronomical proportions of the accident when they get back to town and find desolate streets. Writers Lewis John Carlino and Sandor Stern do not trivialize the situation with soap opera; the budget may be slim, but the emotional experiences on hand for Graves and his children (and two others they pick up along the way) are harrowing. Cinematographer Michael D. Margulies does terrific work behind the camera, and the direction is solid except for some stiffness at the beginning and a voice-over narration that was unnecessary. Television movies really came into their own in the 1970s, providing capable TV actors with meatier roles than what was otherwise available to them in the form of popular weekly shows. This is certainly the case with Peter Graves, who retains his laconic, low-key persona but who also excels with some hard-hitting scenes (such as a moment of private grief up in his bedroom); Verna Bloom is also terrific as a mother who has seen her entire family decimated, and young Kathleen Quinlan is outstanding as Graves' warm, maternal daughter (this is a very underrated actress giving an early performance worthy of high praise). Worthwhile, unpretentious fare, a precursor to "Damnation Alley", "The Day After", and many others.


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