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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:
It's later than you think See more (152 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:

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
(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:
The premiere of this TV movie was a major media event. No sponsors bought commercial time after the point in the movie where the nuclear war occurs, so the last half of the show was aired straight through, without commercials.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Final Sanction (1990)See more »

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Is this any relation to the recent blockbuster, 'The Day After Tomorrow?'
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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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