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Massive Retaliation (1984)

Three families that are best friends head to their secret retreat when WW3 seems to be nearing. The adults arrive at the retreat and must endure the stress to come while the children are ... See full summary »

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Kirk Fredericks
Karlene Crockett ...
Marianne Briscoe
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Lee Briscoe
Marilyn Hassett ...
Lois Fredericks
Susan O'Connell ...
Jackie Tolliver
Michael Pritchard ...
Harry Tolliver
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Eric Briscoe
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Ernie Rust
Mimi Fariña ...
Susie Barker
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ...
Virgil Griffin
Christopher Burton ...
Carl Fredericks
Molly Cohen ...
Meghan Fredericks
Alex Drude ...
Harry Tolliver Jr.
Doug Santana ...
Peter Fredericks
Lisa Soloway ...
Kimberly Briscoe
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Three families that are best friends head to their secret retreat when WW3 seems to be nearing. The adults arrive at the retreat and must endure the stress to come while the children are separated from the adults and have their own troubles along the way. This is a great story in the fact that many of these types of movies deal in violence while this one deals in the psychological aspect of the situation. Written by Nolan Price <noas4@earthlink.net>

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Film debut of Bob Goldthwait. See more »

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Near the end of the film the shadow of the boom mic can be seen as the girl is being taken from the van. See more »

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Dedicated to the memory of Philip Lilienthal and for Sally, Sarah, and Molly. See more »

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Children of Darkness
Written by Richard Farina
Performed by Mimi Fariña and Dewey Bunnell
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Average Movie
13 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Massive Retaliation is your every day, average five-star movie. The beginning starts out great, but then quickly goes downhill. Massive Retaliation is about a group of survivalists that retreat to their camp after the use of tactical nuclear weapons in the Gulf of Oman. Their children were supposed to come up earlier in the day, but when they find the bunk-houses empty panic starts to set in. As urban areas in the U.S. are evacuated tension increases. The movie was made in 1984, but the styles of clothes and music looked like they were left over from the late 70's. If you're really interested in the nuclear topic you should see Massive Retaliation. But, be forewarned, there is only one nuclear event reported on a TV news program. No big nuclear explosions in this one.


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