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Release Date:
20 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The day before. The day of. The Day After. See more »
Plot:
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A very controversial, but excellent film See more (151 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jason Robards ... Dr. Russell Oakes

JoBeth Williams ... Nurse Nancy Bauer

Steve Guttenberg ... Stephen Klein (as Steven Guttenberg)

John Cullum ... Jim Dahlberg

John Lithgow ... Joe Huxley

Bibi Besch ... Eve Dahlberg
Lori Lethin ... Denise Dahlberg

Amy Madigan ... Alison Ransom

Jeff East ... Bruce Gallatin

Georgann Johnson ... Helen Oakes

William Allen Young ... Airman Billy McCoy
Calvin Jung ... Dr. Sam Hachiya

Lin McCarthy ... Dr. Austin

Dennis Lipscomb ... Reverend Walker
Clayton Day ... Dennis Hendry
Doug Scott ... Danny Dahlberg
Ellen Anthony ... Joleen Dahlberg
Kyle Aletter ... Marilyn Oakes
Alston Ahern ... Cynthia (as Alston Ahearn)
William Allyn ... Professor
Antonie Becker ... Ellen Hendry
Pamela Brown ... Nurse
Jonathan Estrin ... Julian French

Stephen Furst ... Aldo

Arliss Howard ... Tom Cooper
Rosanna Huffman ... Dr. Wallenberg
Barbara Harris ... Cleo Mackey (as Barbara Iley)

Madison Mason ... TV Host
Bob Meister ... Cody
Vahan Moosekian ... Mack
George Petrie ... Dr. Landowska
Glenn Robards ... Barber #2
Tom Spratley ... Barber #1
Stan Wilson ... Vinnie Conrad
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Arthur Ashe ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Desiree Boschetti ... Blind Girl (uncredited)

Harry Bugin ... Man at phone (uncredited)
Darrell Everson ... Burn victim (uncredited)
Herk Harvey ... Farmer Jenkins (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Sergio Kato ... Detective (uncredited)

David Kaufman ... Boy in Barn (uncredited)

Wayne Knight ... Man in Hospital (uncredited)
George Mason Kuhn ... The Mayor of Lawrence (uncredited)

David Kulwin ... Burn Victim (uncredited)

John Lafayette ... Radiologist (uncredited)

Randy Lowell ... Extra (uncredited)
Terry M. Moore ... Dead Boy by Statue (uncredited)
Luci-Lynn Norris ... Survivor (uncredited)
Charles Oldfather ... Farmer (uncredited)

C. Wayne Owens ... Man with Radio (uncredited)
David Rodwell ... Extra (uncredited)

Alex Van ... Guard #1 (uncredited)
Charles Whitman ... Kelton (uncredited)
David Yonally ... Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nicholas Meyer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Hume 

Produced by
Stephanie Austin .... associate producer
Robert Papazian .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher 
 
Film Editing by
William Paul Dornisch 
Robert Florio 
 
Casting by
Hank McCann 
 
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
 
Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Good 
 
Makeup Department
Judy Crown .... hair stylist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist
Dorothea Long .... head hair stylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gail Joyce Fortmuller .... assistant director
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Richard M. Kristy .... set dresser
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
 
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Courcier .... sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
David R. Elliott .... sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor
Joseph A. Mayer .... sound editor
Joe Melody .... sound editor (as Joseph Melody)
Troy Porter .... sound recordist
Catherine Shorr .... sound editor
Richard Shorr .... sound editor
Jill Taggart .... adr editor
Christopher T. Welch .... sound editor
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Blalack .... special visual effects
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor
Chris Regan .... visual effects
Jay Riddle .... visual effects coordinator
Christopher Dusendschon .... cloud tank cinematography: PRAXIS FILMWORKS (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... high speed miniature cinematography: PRAXIS FILMWORKS (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical compositor: PRAXIS FILMWORKS (uncredited)
Dion Hatch .... animation cameraman: Movie Magic (uncredited)
Mark Madel .... electronics design (uncredited)
Mark Madel .... motion control software (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Debbi A. Davison .... stunt performer
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as John Burnett)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Flores .... costumes: men
 
Music Department
Roy Prendergast .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Gene Clinesmith .... transportation coordinator
Hugh Kelly .... driver
 
Other crew
Steve Dayan .... location manager
Arthur Kanegis .... research by
Tom Lackey .... location scout
Janna Wong Healy .... assistant to Mr. Meyer
Eric Fladung .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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127 min | USA:120 min (TV)
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Trivia:
When production began, the nuclear attack sequence was supposed to be done with miniatures and models instead of stock footage, but budget and time constraints forced the producers to use the latter.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the nuclear strike, the flag outside the Dahlberg farm is being blown by a breeze from the left side of the screen but the debris is blowing in from the right. However, this could mean that the wind was swirling.See more »
Quotes:
Denise Dahlberg:They give me this ribbon to wear... but I haven't got any damn hair to put it into.
[Stephen takes off his baseball cap to reveal that he has no hair left at all]
Stephen Klein:You look great.
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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A very controversial, but excellent film, 18 February 2002
Author: Brandon (Innuendo61020) from Connecticut

This film originally aired as a TV movie back in 1983 in the United States. It depicts the effects of nuclear war on the citizens of the Kansas City area. In the film, during the actual attacks, a lot of raw footage of nuclear blasts and explosions is used, but no computer enhanced special effects were needed in this film to get the point across. The point, being of course, that nuclear war is horrible. The movie was aired to show leaders of nations in the world what would happen if nuclear war was ever waged. When this film was first aired, Cold War tensions were high and the fear of nuclear war was very imminent. Though the events in the film are very powerful, a disclaimer at the end of the movie even tells the viewers that the events depicted in the film are far less worse then what would actually take place in a real nuclear war.

I feel that the plot was created well. The film shows what happens before the attacks, the actual attacks and then what happens after the attacks. The attacks were not shown too soon after the movie began but well into the movie and built up enough to show a lot of drama. The acting is very good, in my opinion. The late Jason Robards plays the lead role and a few other familiar faces take part as well (Steve Guttenburg, John Lithgow). The writing is fair, but not bad for a made-for-TV movie.

Overall, the movie is very excellent and places itself very positively in my book. It was a very controversial film for its time and it did scare the hell out of many people (truthfully, it did shake me up a little the first time I saw it). It's really not for the kids, even though it was a TV movie, because the scenes of the nuclear blasts and radiation sickness aren't very light.

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