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The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, Horror  |  29 October 1982 (Finland)
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Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Tibbets ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ...
Himself (archive footage) (as President Harry S Truman)
W.H.P. Blandy ...
Himself - Commander of the Bikini Test (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Brien McMahon ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Brian McMahon)
Lloyd Bentsen ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Rep. Lloyd Bentsen)
Owen Brewster ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Owen Brewster)
Julius Rosenberg ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ethel Rosenberg ...
Herself (archive footage)
Val Peterson ...
Himself - Director of Civil Defense (archive footage) (as Gov. Val Peterson)
...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lewis Strauss ...
Himself - Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (archive footage) (as Lewis L. Strauss)
George Molan ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Cpl. George Molan)
George Portell ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Tech Sgt. George Portell)
Jerry Schneider ...
Himself (archive footage)
Sergeant Weaver ...
Himself (archive footage)
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A compilation of 1960's films about what to do in case of a Nuclear attack and the effects of radiation, also footage of troop tests of the exposure to an atomic bomb. Written by Michael Edwards <medwards@gate.net>

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was compared with Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) whilst critics called the movie a nuclear "Reefer Madness" [Reefer Madness (1936)]. See more »

Quotes

Army information film: When not close enough to be killed, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
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Referenced in Late Night with David Letterman: Episode #1.23 (1982) See more »

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Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb
Performed by Lowell Blanchard with the Valley Trio
Courtesy of Phonogram International Records, Inc.
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30 January 1999 | by (Oxfordshire, England) – See all my reviews

I could watch this movie again and again. If you remember the days when we were all terrified of impending nuclear war with the Soviet Union, this puts your half-remembered anxieties and prejudices in perspective. There's rare archive footage of the first nuclear bombs being primed and detonated. There's stomach churning archive footage about the execution of the Rosenbergs for espionage. And the now hilarious footage about how civilians should protect themselves against the bomb. Makes fun of politicians and broadcasters, and leaves you feeling that you've learned something and that you won't be fooled again.


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