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
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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
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Gerry Murillo ...
Hiroshi
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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Imagine a day like any other. The children are fighting, the refrigerator is humming. Highways are jammed, playgrounds are filled. Everything is perfectly normal... For the very last time. See more »

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5 January 1984 (Argentina)  »

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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When one of the original backers from American Playhouse reneged on their commitment, PBS could only come up with $500,000 for the projects. Scrambling to come up with backing at the last minute Littmam sold all her rights away to a U.K. investment company called Entertainment Events. Quoting Littman: "And you know something... I would have paid them. 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 »

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Carol Wetherly: [final lines of the film] We should remember it all... the good, and the bad.
[it is implied that Carol, Hiroshi and Brad are the only people left in the United States, possibly the world, who haven't died yet from radiation poisoning]
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Features The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show (1978) See more »

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This Is It
(1960) (uncredited)
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Mel Blanc
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Television
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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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