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Release Date:
20 November 1983 (USA) See more »
The day before. The day of. The Day After. See more »
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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The scenes of Air Force personnel aboard the Airborne Command Post, in the command center receiving news of the incoming attack, the B-52 crew, and the crew in the silo launching their missiles, are footage of actual military personnel during a drill, and had been aired in 1979 in a CBS documentary, "First Strike." In the original footage, the silo is "destroyed" by an incoming "attack" just moments before launching its missiles, which is why the final seconds of the launch countdown are not seen in this movie.See more »
Continuity: Just after Steven Klein is dropped off on the country road, there a car is coming, but it never passes him and disappears in the next shot.See more »
Ending disclaimer:The catastrophic events you have just witnessed are, in all likelihood, less severe than the destruction that would actually occur in the event of a full nuclear strike against the United States. It is hoped that the images of this film will inspire the nations of this earth, their peoples and leaders, to find the means to avert the fateful day.See more »
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63 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
No thanks, I think I'll skip "Threads"...., 5 October 2000
Author: Rusty-61 from United States

Like many of the viewers here, I watched this movie when it first aired on TV, I was in junior high school. I remember the TV stations and media warning people not to watch it alone, and to not let little kids watch. I remember the little 'discussion groups' about it at school the next day. The main image that was left in my mind was almost everyone being vaporized when the bomb hits, and their skeletons showing through for a moment (especially the couple on their wedding day- that must have been kind of a drag).

I was home from work sick a few months ago, and had nothing to watch. The movie hadn't started too long ago, and I figured what the heck, it would probably be interesting to see how 'dated' it looked, and how it wasn't even remotely scary anymore (especially since I wasn't 14 and impressionable, and one of the least of my worries as an adult is a nuclear war-I remember being scared it would happen on a regular basis for weeks after seeing the movie as a kid). I remember thinking that all the warnings to viewers were just really good publicity stunts by the networks to get people to watch. Maybe it would even be 'campy', right? Ha-ha! No.

I watched the movie with only mild interest at first, but got more and more upset as it went on. This movie has not lost any of its impact, but actually disturbed me much more as an adult. Maybe its because I am now grown up, married, know how short life really is, and have more of a realistic idea about how horrible life would really be 'the day after'. I was actually shocked at how graphic and scary the movie was, especially to have been shown on prime time TV in the early 80's, even when watching in the middle of the day. There's a truly chilling scene when a main character has been in a bomb shelter too long and completely loses it, to bolt outside. She's so far gone that she just twirls around happily, as if she came out and the land they lived on looked exactly the same. Instead, the sky is grey, ash covers every surface, every single bit of plant life is dead, and the family dog and all the livestock lie flyblown and rotting (there is dead silence, expect for the sound of flies surrounding the bodies) another scene set in a hospital, there was a huge jump that made me hit the ceiling and left me muttering, "Jesus Christ!" afterwards.

There are other images that I couldn't get out of my head for a long time, such as one of the last scenes where a man visits his ex-girlfriend in some sort of shelter for the radiation victims. They both end up sobbing, and the camera keeps pulling back until you see the other dead and dying people surrounding them number probably closer to the thousands than the 50 or so you thought were in the shelter at the beginning of the scene. It just keeps getting more and more depressing, grim, and scary, until the last incredibly depressing scene, which is made even sadder and more emotional because you see a character obviously insane and dying who you thought might be one of the ones to make it. Afterwards, I think I ended up having to watch "Hairspray" or something equally cheerful to cheer myself up and get my mind off it before I could take a nap.

I always heard how "Threads" made "The Day After" look like an after school special, and had been looking for a copy for a long time (since when I hear that a movie is shocking and upsetting, it usually makes me want to see if it can live up to the buzz). I finally found a store that carries it, but you know what? After getting nightmares after seeing "The Day After" as an adult, I think I'll just pass on "Threads"...

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