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Writer:
Edward Hume (written by)
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Release Date:
20 November 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
NewsDesk:
The Day After: One Last Glance at the Emmys
 (From IMDb Television Blog. 21 September 2009, 6:00 PM, PDT)

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It's later than you think See more (156 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Gronbeck-Tedesco ... Kenny Hendry
Angela Soper ... Sarah Hendry

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)

Directed by
Nicholas Meyer 
 
Writing credits
Edward Hume (written by)

Produced by
Stephanie Austin .... associate producer
Robert Papazian .... producer (as Robert A. Papazian)
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Paul Dornisch 
Robert Florio 
 
Casting by
Ross Brown 
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 .... hair stylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer (as Mike Westmore)
 
Production Management
Hal Galli .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elie Cohn .... first assistant director
Gail Joyce Fortmuller .... second assistant director
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... second unit director
Scott Thaler .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Lavar Emert .... property master
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (as Joe Pacelli)
Mort Zwicker .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Kristy .... set dresser (uncredited)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
Charles T. Knight .... production sound (as Charlie Knight)
Frank Serafine .... sound designer
Jill Taggart .... loop editor
Christopher T. Welch .... sound editor
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Brian Courcier .... sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Dillon .... sound editor (uncredited)
David R. Elliott .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joseph A. Mayer .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Melody .... sound editor (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Catherine Shorr .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Shorr .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jill Taggart .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert Blalack .... special effects
Bob Dawson .... special effects (as Robert Dawson)
 
Visual Effects by
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)
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Regan .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator
Debbi A. Davison .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Romolo Acquistapace .... gaffer (as Ro Acquistapace)
Gene Griffith .... key grip
Neil Roach .... director of photography: second unit
Dean Williams .... still photographer
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mary West .... casting associate
Jack Wright .... extras casting: Kansas
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dianne Cohoon .... costumer: women
Bill Flores .... costumes: men
John S. Perry .... costume supervisor (as John Perry)
 
Editorial Department
Janet Bartels-Vandagriff .... assistant editor (as Janet Bartels)
Sharon Burke .... assistant editor
Barbara Palmer Dixon .... additional editor
Paul Dixon .... editor: film
Walton Dornisch .... assistant editor
David McCann .... post production supervisor
 
Music Department
Virgil Thomson .... music from 'The River' by
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Prendergast .... music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gene Clinesmith .... transportation coordinator
Linda Cipperley .... transportation (uncredited)
Hugh Kelly .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Amato .... script supervisor
Steve Dayan .... location manager (as Steve A. Dayan)
Penelope Gottlieb .... titles
Timothy J. Hayes .... research advisor (as Timothy J. Hayes M.D.)
Andree Juviler .... location manager
Eric Fladung .... production assistant (uncredited)
Arthur Kanegis .... research by (uncredited)
Tom Lackey .... location scout (uncredited)
Janna Wong Healy .... assistant to Mr. Meyer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
127 min | USA:120 min (TV)
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Trivia:
ABC set up special 1-800 hotlines to calm people down during and after the original airing.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The maintenance team flew into and out of Launch Control Facility Oscar 1. Oscar 1 is located on Whiteman AFB just to the south of the security police squadron and the maintenance shop. They could have walked to it.See more »
Quotes:
First Air Force Officer:Confidence is high. I repeat, confidence is high. Roger, we've got 32 targets in track and 10 impacting points. I want it confirmed... is this an exercise? Roger, copy. This is not an exercise!
Second Air Force Officer:Roger, understand. Major Reinhardt, we have a massive attack against the U.S. at this time. ICBMs... numerous ICBMs... Roger, understand. Over 300 missiles inbound now.
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43 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
It's later than you think, 15 April 2003
Author: G from Edinburgh, Scotland

If you think this movie's theme is outdated, think again. The Doomsday Clock has moved ahead three times since the end of the Cold War. From a press release: "Chicago, February 27, 2002: Today, the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves the minute hand of the `Doomsday Clock,' the symbol of nuclear danger, from nine to seven minutes to midnight, the same setting at which the clock debuted 55 years ago. Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, this is the third time the hand has moved forward."

I watched this movie again a few weeks ago, after seeing it on TV as a ten-year-old kid. While some of the story-lines were painful (e.g. the soon-to-be-wed farmer's daughter whining when dad caught her sneaking off to have sex) this was a well-done movie showing the effects of nuclear war on middle america.

While maybe you can knock this for it's dramatic quality, I think it holds together as an honest story. Some of the criticisms I've read below don't hold together. The story *is* clear about the effects that happen at different distances from ground-zero. The Russians nailed Kansas because of the missile silos there. And it is honest about human nature: in the aftermath lots of people help, like the doctor, but others kill for food or land and there's plenty of panic and anger to go around.

This movie made an impression on me when I saw it as a kid and also now as an adult. And for those out there knocking it--remember this: The Day After made the people of the United States realize what kind of horrible toys their leaders are dealing with. It sparked the movement against nukes. We need a similar movement today--because people have forgotten, or don't think nuclear weapons are a threat. But the United States is now researching new, tactical nukes which, if smaller, will still result in fallout poisoning people unlucky to be in the neighborhood. Just like the kids in Iraq that get to breath the Uranium dust from our tank-busting weapons.

I wish we had more movies like this, and like _Traffic_, that bring painful realities to life and make people think.

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