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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 ...
Newscaster
Geoff Harrington ...
Vicious Trooper
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Oldster
Hugh Orr ...
Squad Leader
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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)  »

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Condição de Defesa  »

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CAD 1,750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The U.S. military Defense Condition (DEFCON) system actually counts down from five (normal peacetime operations) down to DEFCON 1 (maximum readiness for nuclear war), despite the film's title implying DEFCON 4 was reached during a full-scale nuclear war. DEFCON 4 is actually only being slightly more prepared for war than a standard peacetime defense condition. The highest confirmed DEFCON was DEFCON 2, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. See more »

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Although the iconic movie poster gives the title as DEF-CON 4, it actually appears in the film's credits as DEFCON-4. See more »

Quotes

Vinny: What kind of areolas does she have? Pink, brown, or red?
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[Prologue title after credits] It is the day after tomorrow. The ultimate nuclear defense system has been perfected. Security has been achieved. Global conflict is now unthinkable. See more »

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Referenced in Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Lyrics by Patrick Gilmore
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Performed by Lenore Zann and Florence Paterson
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unfairly dismissed
25 January 2001 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

One of the better eighties post-apocalyptic films was and is Def Con 4. It bombed in 1985 but has gone on to gain a small cult following. It is the story of three astronauts, one in particular, who witness war and nuclear holocaust from a satelite. The space footage is well shot and a genuine sense of dread reigns as we watch them contemplate the deaths of their families and of civilization.

When their satelite is forced to land they fall into a nuclear wasteland fillled with armed militants and plague ridden cannibals. This is perhaps one of the dirtiest looking movies of its day, which rather adds to the already oppresive atmosphere. Unfortunately Def Con runs out of steam toward the somewhat hurried finale. Yet if your not easily put off by the brutal tone of the movie, its science fiction worthy of 90 minutes of your life.


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