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The Day After (1983)

Unrated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 20 November 1983
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

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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>

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Trivia

When the missle is launched from the silo next to the Hendry farm, a white horse is shown running in slow motion. This symbolizes the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as described in Revelation 6:1-2 ('...and behold, a white horse...'). See more »

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When the missiles are launching behind the Medical Center and behind the park gazebo, you can see dents and imperfections in the rear-projection screen. See more »

Quotes

Jim Dahlberg: [Carrying Danny during a blast's windstorm] I gotcha son. It's alright. I gotcha.
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Appropriately Bleak
26 August 2000 | by (Newington, CT) – See all my reviews

I, like many of my age, saw this when it originally aired as a class assignment. It had a great impact on me, as the cold war was still going strong and the threat of a nuclear war was something that people still thought about. The movie may not be the greatest ever made, but the acting is more than adequate, especially from Jason Robards, and the script was far better than any other movies made for television at that time. I recommend it to anyone, even those with a low tolerance for grossness (radiation sickness is shown in progressive stages, and it is not pretty). It's dark, depressing, and if you get into it you will definitely need to follow it up with a musical or cartoons just to lift your spirits again. Still, the subject matter is not something that can be portrayed positively even at a tv-movie level of realism.


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