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The Day After (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  20 November 1983 (USA)
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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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SEK 1,953,591 (Sweden)
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To give the film a documentary feel, director Nicholas Meyer wanted to cast complete unknowns - Jason Robards being his only major star. Many others, including JoBeth Williams, John Lithgow, Amy Madigan, and Steve Guttenberg, would go on to successful careers. 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 »

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Joe Huxley: [over a citizens band radio at the University of Kansas] I have an atmosphere report for anybody who's listening. Dr. Oakes, do you read? Come in, Dr. Oakes, do you hear me?
Dr. Russell Oakes: Yes, Joe.
Joe Huxley: We are holding fast at just a hair under 50 rads per hour. I thought that it would have diminished by now. I guess that means we're picking up fallout from... Titan missile bases in Wichita... wherever else out west. That's the way the wind blows - straight toward St. Louis.
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A movie that hits home (literally)
29 March 2002 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

I am a native of Kansas City (KS) and I remember watching this for the first time when I was a kid. There are so many apocalyptic movies made yet so few that attempt to look at the perspective of small-town America. For me, hearing that towns such as Sedalia, Kansas City, Independence, and Lawrence being obliterated, I had nightmares. Maybe someone in Los Angeles didn't have the same feeling but it made me very aware of how easy this could happen. Very thorough movie for being low-budget.


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