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20 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
The Day After: One Last Glance at the Emmys
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  (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)
Clarence R. Autery ... Himself - SAC Airborne Commander (archive footage) (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)
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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127 min | USA:120 min (TV)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The nuclear missile launch code, sent to the Minuteman silos to fire their missiles at the Soviet Union, was portrayed in the film as "Alpha-7-8-November-Foxtrot-1-5-2-2" with an authentication of "Delta-Xray"See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the original broadcast of The Day After, one of the cast seems to be stifling a laugh. Specifically, when Willie is berating his fellow soldiers about waiting for military helicopters to relieve them of their post he makes the remark "So what are you here guarding? Some cotton pickin hole in the ground with nowhere to go?" In the original TV edit, it's clear that the actor Willie was talking to was stifling a laugh. Indeed, you can see a smile on his face just before the camera cuts away.See more »
Alison Ransom:[about being pregnant] You know what it feels like?
Nurse Nancy Bauer:What?
Alison Ransom:Feels like I'm gonna have a basketball.
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Movie Connections:
References "60 Minutes" (1968)See more »


Is this any relation to the recent blockbuster, 'The Day After Tomorrow?'
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118 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
A lesson with images, 9 February 2005
Author: sparks401 from United States

I was a naval aviator deployed aboard the USS Ranger (CV-61) when I first saw this film. The show had aired back in the States some time before the film reels (this was before video tape decks were commonplace) were flown out to our Battle Group, so we knew that the telecast had had a big impact on the American public before we had the chance to view it.

That didn't matter. The film had as great, and possibly even more of, an impact on those of us out on the "tip of the spear" as it did on those back home. The military characters seen in the film were not actors -- they were contemporaries of ours, some even familiar faces -- so we felt a true connection to the story. The tension between the US and the Soviet Union was real and nobody knew better than we how nasty things could get in a short period of time. Even as we watched the film over the ship's closed circuit television system, Soviet military units were intent on locating and targeting our Battle Group. Our job, our daily routine, was part of the story, which emphasised the point that we were responsible for keeping the peace and to not allow events to escalate as we all feared could happen.

The reaction I remember most from this film was worry for family back home. -SPOILER- The one airman who left the silo area to reach his family before the missiles arrived displayed a sentiment that we all felt. No one aboard our ship would shirk his duty, but we all understood the sentiment that once duty is done, family is foremost in mind.

The argument could be made that the film was rife with error, but I maintain that it ultimately succeeded in what it was designed to do...make people seriously consider the consequences of nuclear war. That point was not lost on those of us aboard the Ranger at the time. While I watched the film again just recently (21 years after the first viewing), the lesson was still not lost. We may or may not be vulnerable to such a massive strike as what was feared back in the 1980s, but nuclear terror is still a very real possibility. It is as imperative now, as it was then, that we ensure that this type of calamity is never visited upon anyone, especially those about whom we love and care.

Yes, better special effects would make from some jaw-dropping images, but would that improve upon the film's message? In my opinion, no.

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