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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 lesson with images 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:
ABC set up special 1-800 hotlines to calm people down during and after the original airing.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The movie does not show a nuclear winter. However, the theory of nuclear winter was developed at about the same time that this movie was filmed, and only became known to the general public after The Day After was released.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Huxley:You know what Einstein said about World War III? He said he didn't know how they were gonna fight World War III, but he knew how they would fight World War IV: With sticks and stones.See more »
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Is this any relation to the recent blockbuster, 'The Day After Tomorrow?'
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110 out of 119 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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