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Testament (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  5 January 1984 (Argentina)
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

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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
Philip Anglim ...
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
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Gerry Murillo ...
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J. Brennan Smith ...
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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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It happened in an instant. The televisions went blank, the radios - silent. The cities were gone, the future abandoned. And the only thing they have left to hold onto, is the people they love. See more »

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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According to Fulvuedrive-in, "Paramount released [this film] in 1983 as concerns about renewed antagonism between The United States and former Soviet Union were on the climb". See more »

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Brad Wetherly: Doesn't radiation get into water?
Carol Wetherly: Well, it can. Maybe it won't be so bad here. But we'd better be careful.
Scottie Wetherly: What's "radation"?
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Mary Liz Wetherly: Here, have a banana.
Scottie Wetherly: You never gave me one before.
Mary Liz Wetherly: I did now.
Carol Wetherly: There may not be any... more for a while.
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Revenge of the 80's "I Love the Bomb": Testament
26 February 2009 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Testament (1983) was one of the few films that came out during the 80's that dealt with the Nuclear War scenario seriously. Jane Alexander stars as the matriarch of your typical middle class family. One day when the father (Bill Devane) is on a business trip, life as we know it was ended when the missiles were launched. Who or what caused this holocaust was never explained. But the only that thing that matters now is survival and trying to keep the family together. What tragic world lies ahead for the family now that life as they knew it was changed forever?

A real heartbreaking film that shows the side of the human condition that we all have deep within us. There's no big budgeted effects or over the top acting in this film. Just raw emotion, great acting and a real good script and direction that fuels this drama. I strongly recommend this movie for all the reasons I have stated.


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