The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

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Cast

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Carol Wetherly
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Tom Wetherly
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Brad Wetherly (as Ross Harris)
Roxana Zal ...
Mary Liz Wetherly
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Scottie Wetherly
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Hollis
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Fania
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Henry Abhart
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Rosemary Abhart
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Cathy Pitkin
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Phil Pitkin
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Mike
Mico Olmos ...
Larry
Gerry Murillo ...
Hiroshi
J. Brennan Smith ...
Billdocker
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Storyline

Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San Francisco. After the nuclear attack, contact with the outside world is pretty much cut off. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Testament...to a nuclear holocaust See more »

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5 January 1984 (Argentina)  »

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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Despite the camera being traditional spring-loaded with film, the crew was there for every shot. See more »

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Throughout the story, Carol watches her favorite family moments on super 8 home movie film, and even weeks after the nuclear disaster she watches the home movies with Hiroshi and Brad on a projector. If the radiation was really at a high enough level to kill off the other townsfolk, then it would have been so strong that the films would have deteriorated upon exposure to it, destroying the images on the celluloid so that nobody could view them. See more »

Quotes

Carol Wetherly: [crying] Who did this, God damn you!
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Features Workout (1982) See more »

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All My Loving
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By John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Produced by Andrew Dorfman
Performed by Mitch Weissman
Courtesy of Mac Len Music
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Draining but worth it
17 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that is very draining to watch, but worth it. It is a slightly more tame approach to the subject matter, but excellently done.

It is often compared with "Threads", which many people think is too graphic. Regardless, I like both films. I have to say that "Testament" will look more realistic to rural people, who may just die slowly as the characters in this film do, rather than be subjected to the immediate effects of the attack.

Rebecca De Mornay's appearance in this film, which I only saw after seeing "By Dawn's Early Light", makes a connection between these two films. Everyone should see both films at least once, as well. Excellent performances from Rossie Harris and Mako make this film stand out even further.

Having seen "The Day After" now, I prefer "Testament" but find both films excellent.


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