Damnation Alley (1977)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  21 October 1977 (USA)
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In an post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.



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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Eugene Denton
Kip Niven ...
Lt. Tom Perry
Man / Guard
Seamon Glass ...
Mountain Man #2
Trent Dolan ...
Robert Hackman ...
Colonel (as Bob Hackman)
Erik Cord ...
Burning Man
Terence Locke ...
Air Policeman (as Terrence Locke)
Marcia Holley ...


A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The magnificent epic of five people who survive the nuclear holocaust and their incredible odyssey through the nightmare world it created. And now, you will not only see it, you will feel it, live it--in "Sound 360"--a revolutionary sight and sound experience. See more »




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Release Date:

21 October 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Survival Run  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed as "Damnation Alley," the title was changed to "Survival Run" during post-production re-editing. The title was changed back to the original "Damnation Alley" shortly before release. See more »


In the opening scenes when the missile officers are getting their sidearms from Keegan, it shows Keegan wearing a missile badge (known as a "pocket rocket") on his uniform and in a later scene he is wearing a security police badge on the same pocket. See more »


Tanner: So where are we heading for?
Maj. Eugene Denton: Albany.
Tanner: Albany? You have relatives there?
Maj. Eugene Denton: It's the only place we ever got a signal from. Albany is the place to aim for.
Tanner: Sort of the objective of the operation, right?
Maj. Eugene Denton: You could call it that. See, there's a way across... well, not really a way across, but the screens show it to be the path of least resistance. It's not good, but it's the best we've got.
Tanner: What happens if we make a wrong turn?
Maj. Eugene Denton: There are areas of radiation we couldn't get through. It's not a matter of ...
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Edited from Operation Crossbow (1965) See more »

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19 December 2007 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Damnation Alley is set in a post apocalyptic America in world war three a band of survivors led by air-force major dent-on George Peppard following an accident at their base travel in style in a land-master which essentially is a deluxe camper van which is capable of traveling over rough terrain it has to be seen to be believed! i one can see where George A Romero got his 'Land of the dead inspiration!

is one of those films that typically grows on you, i happen to enjoy it what's not to like? for starters the casting is excellent you have George Peppard before he entered further stardom with the A-team, complete with a southern accent( just wait till he utters the immortal line 'the town is full of Killa cockroaches! Jan Michael Vincent before he became famous with air-wolf the wisecracking Token black guy Paul Winfield, who suffers a fate worse than death when runs afoul of 'said Killa cockroaches' French actress Dominque Sanda as a Vegas show girl along for the ride and a Pre -breaking away Jackie Earle Haley as a waif who is adept at throwing rocks at disgruntled hillbillies! it's an enjoyable romp which is aided invaluably by Jerry Goldsmith's music score. the major downside is 'Damnation Alley' was shot in anamorphic widescreen unfortunately it remains to be seen whether fox decide to release this and they should. for the time being we'll have to make do with the horrendous panned and scanned copies.

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