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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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Stephen Klein (as Steven Guttenberg)
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Jim Dahlberg
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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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Apocalypse... The end of the familiar... The beginning of the end. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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20 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Dagen efter  »

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Trivia

The tank that was used to created the "mushroom cloud" was the same tank that used to created the Mutara Nebula effect in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). See more »

Goofs

The movie does not show a nuclear winter. However, the theory of nuclear winter was developed at about the same time that this movie was filmed, and only became known to the general public after The Day After was released. See more »

Quotes

Denise Dahlberg: I've been out riding around with Bruce.
Jim Dahlberg: All night?
Denise Dahlberg: Frankly, Daddy, that's none of your business.
Jim Dahlberg: As long as you live...
Denise Dahlberg: Oh Daddy, don't start this again, I'm getting married tomorrow.
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Connections

Referenced in Harry and the Hendersons: The Day After (1991) See more »

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Too late to duck and cover
10 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I watched this TV movie in 1983, I was 34 years old. I thought this really could happen. I remembered when I was 13 years old during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I tried not to feel the seriousness of that scenario, but all the adults around me, I can actually remember seeing the fear in their faces. My teacher at school was unbelievable. She stood in front of class and put her face in her hands and said it doesn't look good. She said she didn't think anybody would survive another week. In 1983, I was working as a administrative assistant. My boss was a retired staff sergeant from the USAF. The day after watching the movie, I went to work and talked briefly with my boss about the movie. I looked at him and said something like this cannot happen, someone or some people need to keep this from happening. He looked at me and said maybe so, but we're ready. I was expecting something a little more compassionate. I'll never forget that.


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