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The Day After (1983)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  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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20 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Dagen efter  »

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SEK 1,953,591 (Sweden)
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ABC set up special 1-800 hotlines to calm people down during and after the original airing. See more »

Goofs

In the calm immediately after the bombs are done falling, we see a collapsed house with the charred remains of a woman. Although her clothes and her skin have been carbonized by the heat of the bombs, her hair is completely intact and shows no signs of singeing or melting. See more »

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MCCC Cpt. Stanton: [an alarm goes off in the Launch Control Center of the Minuteman III ICBM "Oscar Wing" at Whiteman AFB ] Standby to copy the message.
DMCCC Lt. Krause: Standing by.
Intercom: Flashing, flashing, flashing. Message follows: Alpha, seven, eight, November, Foxtrot, one, five, two, two... Delta X-Ray.
MCCC Cpt. Stanton: That's a J.C.S. execution from the President.
DMCCC Lt. Krause: I agree, the message is valid, also.
MCCC Cpt. Stanton: Step One: Launch Keys inserted.
DMCCC Lt. Krause: Roger.
MCCC Cpt. Stanton: [both officers retrieve the Launch Keys and insert them into the console] Let's enable the missiles! Program ...
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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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