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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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The day before. The day of. The Day After. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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20 November 1983 (USA)  »

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With the full support and encouragement of the city of Lawrence, Kansas, the filmmakers from ABC successfully transformed Lawrence into a nuclear wasteland for a few weeks, knocking out windows in storefronts downtown, placing burnt and overturned cars painted with clouds of black spray throughout the streets, covering the streets and sidewalks with rubble and bricks, and setting up giant "tent cities" and shantytowns down on the banks of the Kansas River, where the teeming homeless set up camp after the attack. Over 2,000 Lawrence residents, including many University of Kansas students, were used as extras, and were paid $50 to shave their heads bald and act as if they were dying of radiation sickness. They were asked not to bathe during the aftermath scenes to add authenticity to the movie. See more »

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Before the attack and the EMP, Kansas City is shown in panic. The air raid sirens are on and off in different shots. See more »

Quotes

Vinnie Conrad: The thing that bothers me is that damn "launch-on-warning".
Bruce Gallatin: What's that?
Vinnie Conrad: That's when one side tells the other that they're gonna fire their missiles as soon as they think the other guy's missiles are already on their way.
Joe Huxley: You know. Use 'em or lose 'em.
Bruce Gallatin: [nervously] What do you really think the chances are of something like that happening way the hell out here in the middle of nowhere?
Joe Huxley: Nowhere?
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Joe Huxley: There's no "nowhere" anymore. You're sitting next to the Whiteman Air Force Base right now. ...
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Referenced in Night Court: Walk Away, Renee (1985) See more »

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YIKES!!!
13 July 2001 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This movie can never be outdated. One of the two scariest non-horror movies I have seen (deliverance is the other), this movie portrays a realistic (if to a lesser degree) of what could happen if there ever were a nuclear attack. Gosh, did it ever scare me! It made me think, too. I still rank is as an excellent film, even though it has been so long since I saw it.

*** out of ****


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