MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 64 this week

The Day After (1983)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  20 November 1983 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 9,740 users  
Reviews: 156 user | 26 critic

A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 20 Mar 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 30 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 48 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Day After" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Day After (TV Movie 1983)

The Day After (TV Movie 1983) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Day After.

User Polls

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Threads (TV Movie 1984)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly
Testament (1983)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

Director: Lynne Littman
Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris
Special Bulletin (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC... See full summary »

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Ed Flanders, Kathryn Walker, Roxanne Hart
By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie 1990)
Drama | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Directors: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Paul Tibbets, Harry S. Truman, W.H.P. Blandy
On the Beach (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Well, the world has finally managed to blow itself up. Only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction and a gigantic wave of radiation is floating in on the breezes. Only two ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A teen and his girlfriend make an atomic bomb with plutonium stolen from a scientist dating his mother.

Director: Marshall Brickman
Stars: John Lithgow, Christopher Collet, Richard Council
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society ... See full summary »

Director: L.Q. Jones
Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton
Without Warning (TV Movie 1994)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A television program is interupted by a news network announcing that three meteors have hit the United States, France and China. At first it seems natural but after interviews by scientists... See full summary »

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Sander Vanocur, Jane Kaczmarek, Bree Walker
The Day After (2010)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

On September 12, 2001, south of 14th Street is closed off to everyone except emergency workers, residents and the press. The filmmakers join news crews on top of a building adjacent to ... See full summary »

Director: Jill Wisoff
Stars: Harris Salomon, Jill Wisoff
Ground Zero (1987)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A second generation cameraman in Australia finds evidence that his father had filmed a nuclear test that allowed aboriginies to be exposed to and killed by radiation. He begins a search for... See full summary »

Directors: Bruce Myles, Michael Pattinson
Stars: Colin Friels, Jack Thompson, Donald Pleasence
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Stephen Klein (as Steven Guttenberg)
...
Jim Dahlberg
...
...
Lori Lethin ...
...
...
...
...
Calvin Jung ...
...
...
Clayton Day ...
Edit

Storyline

The frightening story of the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear strike on the United States. The bulk of the activity centers around the town of Lawrence, Kansas. Written by Anthony Ventarola <theventman@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Beyond Imagining... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dagen efter  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 1,953,591 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Several special effects scenes that were planned in the original script were scrapped when the production was cut from 4 hours to 2 1/2 hours. Among the scenes that were scrapped were a birds eye view of the nuclear explosion over Lawrence, Kansas, witnessed from a 737 on approach. A simulated newsreel of tactical nuclear exchanges between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in Germany was also scrapped. See more »

Goofs

During the nuclear strike, the flag outside the Dahlberg farm is being blown by a breeze from the left side of the screen but the debris is blowing in from the right. However, this could mean that the wind was swirling. See more »

Quotes

Airman: [missiles from both sides are still en route] You know what that means, don't you? Either we fired first and they're going to try to hit what's left, or they fired first and we just got our missiles out of the ground in time. Either way, we're going to get hit.
Airman Billy McCoy: So what are we still standing around here for?
Sergeant: Where do you want to go?
Airman Billy McCoy: Well, how about out of here for starters? I've got to get my wife and my kid!
Sergeant: We're still on alert, Billy! No one leaves this facility. Not until the choppers get ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Still Scary
12 March 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This movie aired recently on the USA network and I saw it for the first time since I was ten years old. Although I did not find myself experiencing nightmares when I went to bed that night, as I did seventeen years ago, I still found the movie's message delivered clearly and with solid dramatic impact.

Upon close analysis, there are flaws, both technical and on the creative end. The post-bomb world seems far too well-lit at times in light of the "nuclear winter" theory. And (as the film's disclaimer says) the actual results are much, much grimmer. Seven years ago I visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the photos, accounts and newsreel footage taken of those who survived are absolutely horrifying.

Some of the plot point devices and characters seem far too constructed (or perhaps outright contrived): Steve Guttenberg and his girlfriend and their tearful reunion, the dying doctor played by Jason Robards returning to the ruins of Kansas City for a final farewell to his home (and wife who died in the explosion). But the acting is strong, and Nicholas Meyer's largely low-key direction (often with no music) hammer home what is the film's message - loss. Not just the typical message that everyone loses in (nuclear) war, but illustrating what would be lost: loved ones, your home, your way of life, simple human dignity. And that it would be lost forever. For me, one of the most chilling lines is when Steve Guttenberg says to his girlfriend, "There's not going to be any phones."

Haunting.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I can't believe... AustrianA340
The Overwhelming Sense Of Despair Would Prevail After the Bombs freedomfightertjm
Movie Mushrooms Clouds wwwFilmsFilmsFilmscouk
The Day After vs. Threads the_yoda_pagoda
This movie traumatized me as a child seph82
The Soviets/Elsewhere in the U.S. tlhayden
Discuss The Day After (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?