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29 October 1982 (Finland) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Duck And Cover Everyone! See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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)

Lyndon Johnson ... 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)
Seymour Melman ... Himself - Columbia University (archive footage) (as Prof. Seymour Melman)
Mario Salvadori ... Himself - Columbia University (archive footage) (as Prof. Mario Salvadori)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Military Officer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
William H. Peterson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
George A. Smathers ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
James E. Van Zandt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jayne Loader 
Kevin Rafferty 
Pierce Rafferty 
 
Produced by
Jayne Loader .... producer
Kevin Rafferty .... producer
Pierce Rafferty .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Jayne Loader 
Kevin Rafferty 
 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor (as Margie Crimmins)
Lee Dichter .... sound mix: Photo Magnetic Studios
Andrea Hull .... sound assistant
 
Editorial Department
Cyndi Bono .... negative cutter
Dominick Bono .... negative cutter
MaryAnn DiLillo .... negative cutter (as Mary-Ann Dillillo)
 
Music Department
John Allinson .... music source
Ray Avery .... music source
Richard Bass .... music consultant
David Dunaway .... music consultant
Rick Eaker .... music coordinator
Helen Hunter .... music source
Robert Javors .... music source
William L. Schurk .... music source
Raymond Wile .... music source
Charles Wolfe .... music consultant (as Dr. Charles Wolfe)
 
Other crew
Nan Allendorfer .... additional archival researcher: Washington
Obie Benz .... production consultant
Carol Clement .... titles
Stewart M. Crone .... memorial activities
Jon Else .... additional archival researcher: Los Alamos
Margaret Henry .... additional archival researcher: London
Susan Kellam .... production consultant
Victoria Peterson .... additional archival researcher: Los Angeles
George Pillsbury .... production consultant
Pierce Rafferty .... archival researcher
David Thaxton .... additional archival researcher: Washington
 
Thanks
Chris Beaver .... special thanks
Lance Bird .... special thanks
Joseph P. Bono .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Lillian Brandon .... special thanks
Tom Brandon .... special thanks
Alida R. Dayton .... special thanks
Richard D. Ero .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Charles Grigg .... special thanks
Joseph K. Hooper .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Richard N. Houk .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Judy Irving .... special thanks
Tom Johnson .... special thanks
Arthur Kanegis .... special thanks
Richard Klein .... special thanks
Mireille C. Kreeger .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Mary Lampson .... special thanks
Terry Lawler .... special thanks
J. Fred MacDonald .... special thanks
Dorothy J. MacDorman .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Miguel Ángel Muñoz .... special thanks: Bono Film Services (as Miguel A. Muñoz)
Ginny Newsom .... special thanks
Carl P. Palumbo .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Rick Prelinger .... special thanks (as Richard Prelinger)
Mrs. W.G. Rafferty .... special thanks
Allen L. Russell .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Deborah Shaffer .... special thanks
Zenon J. Slawinski .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
 

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86 min
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The clips seen in the film represent a variety of forms and sources. These include: propaganda films, TV programs, army and military training films, advertisements, film strips, newsreels, cartoons, government archival film, documentaries, civil defense films, anti-nuclear footage, public service announcements, educational films, commercial stock footage, and various other sources.See more »
Quotes:
Civil defense film:Be sure to include tranquilizers to ease the strain and monotony of life in a fallout shelter. A bottle of 100 should be sufficient for a family of four. Tranquilizers are not a narcotic, and are not habit-forming.See more »
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Rosza Conducts RoszaSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Duck And Cover Everyone!, 17 April 2004
Author: Clay Loomis from Arroyo Grande, California

With no narration other than that provided by historical clips, this movie justly states how ludicrous the idea of nuclear war was, and is. The producers of this film spent years going through declassified governmental film archives to find some of the most chilling, and hilarious, footage ever taken. It also tells how the US government screwed over the Bikini Islanders, and has some fine coverage of the spoon-feeding of propaganda to the US public through the 40's and 50's.

A great movie for just a laugh, or for some interesting historical perspective on a unique time in the recent US past. I loved the clip of the guy who invented a lead-lined suit, put it on his son, and then had him try to ride a bike. Could we have possibly been this gullible just a few decades ago? Can you say "duct tape and plastic sheeting"?

Duck and cover everyone!

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