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Def-Con 4 (1985)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  15 March 1985 (USA)
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Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one... See full summary »

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J.J.
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Vinny
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Jordan
Kevin King ...
Gideon Hayes
John Walsch ...
Walker
Tim Choate ...
Howe
Jeff Pustil ...
Lacey
Donna King ...
Alice
Alan MacGillivray ...
Boomer (as Allan MacGillivray)
Florence Paterson ...
Mrs. Boyd
Karen Kennedy ...
WWN Newscaster (as Karen Kenedy)
Ken Ryan ...
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Geoff Harrington ...
Vicious Trooper
Al Foster ...
Oldster
Hugh Orr ...
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Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one man gets killed by survivors and the other man gets caught. The woman stays by the remains of the the satellite but is soon caught by evil punks who have taken power. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The last defense. The last hope. The battle for the future of the world has begun.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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15 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Def-Con 4 - Das letzte Kommando  »

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CAD 1,750,000 (estimated)
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A Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) card is used as part of a tripwire for the trap on Vinny's farm that explodes approximately 30 minutes into the film. It is the real SIN card for Cordell Wynne, line producer for the movie. It reveals that his middle name is 'Gerald', and his SIN is 710-061-607. See more »

Goofs

The coordinates for the uncontaminated survival station, 62.17.20N 19.02.40E, are actually in the Gulf Of Bothnia between Sweden and Finland and there is no land mass there. See more »

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Vinny: What kind of areolas does she have? Pink, brown, or red?
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Get off your high horse and enjoy it, eh?
10 March 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Perhaps my enjoyment of this movie largely stems from my not being Canadian. It seems that the Canadian reviewers have a grudge against the film. I can only imagine that they are getting some inside jokes that I am not.

I have liked this film since I was a kid. I rank it up there with "The Day After" as one of the better post-apocalyptic movies made. A lot of people give that honor to "Mad Max", but I found "Mad Max" boring and far too campy.

"Def Con 4" takes a serious tone, which is occasionally undermined by poor acting and special effects. But the overall impression is quite good. Sure it's fun to make fun of, but this is largely because we no longer live with the fear of nuclear war on a daily basis.

I found the writing to be quite good, with an effective and interesting opening drawing the viewer into the life of the astronauts as they waited to return to Earth. The movie is actually quite solid until it is necessary for a new conflict to be introduced - when the surviving astronauts meet the teenage, post-apocalyptic Hitler, the downhill slide begins. But even then it's not terrible. It's actually fun seeing how seriously everyone is treating the subject matter. And how can you not love a movie that begins with "It is the day after tomorrow"? The movie also has quite possibly the best tractor-immobilization sequence ever committed to celluloid.

On the downside, the action sequences are rather ineptly filmed, and the acting can be a bit wooden. But, hey, it's a low-budget sci-fi film. I recommend it for a fun evening.


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