One Night Stand (1984)

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In Australia, four teenagers in a Sydney theater are astounded to hear the news that a nuclear war has broken out in Eastern Europe. They try to figure out the best way they can survive the coming conflagration.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Coppin ...
Cassandra Delaney ...
Jay Hackett ...
David Pledger ...
Michael Cloyd ...
American sailor
American sailor
Justin Monjo ...
American sailor
John Krummel ...
News Personality
Richard Morecroft ...
First Newsreader
Helen Pankhurst ...
Second newsreader
Frankie Raymond ...
Peggy Thompson ...
Sam's mother
Monica McDonald ...
Sam's U.S. girlfriend
Sharon's ex-boyfriend


In Australia, four teenagers in the Sydney Opera House are horrified to hear the news that nuclear war has broken out in Eastern Europe. They try to figure out the best way they can survive the coming conflagration. At the film's end, it is left uncertain whether Sydney will be hit by nuclear weapons, although the US spy facility at Pine Gap has been obliterated. Written by Tom Sellick

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5 May 1984 (USA)  »

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A brilliant film. One of the most underrated/underwatched films on IMDB
27 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film contains some of the most powerful criticisms of war. Not because it goes indepth at throwing the gore at the camera, ala Saving Private Ryan. Quite the opposite really, this films power lies in how well we get to know the 4 young people involved, many times more than any character from your typical teen picture. Their fears, their denial, their humor and their past (shown through auspicious flashbacks) combine so well that the viewer hardly notices that most of the picture takes place at one indoor location.

I hope this review doesn't make it sound like a hard film to watch. I try to avoid war movies because it allows the moral to be obvious amid the destruction, the drama to be ongoing and not terribly in depth, and you almost always know that the filmmaker will create one likable character in order to kill them off. But in this film the people are normal working people like us, not soldiers. They favor no side as they await the apocalypse that seems on the brink. The film contains entertaining teen conversations (hardly any of them downbeat,) a strip poker game and the highlight for me: a film clip of the 1926 "Metropolis" while "Friday on My Mind" by the Easybeats blazes on the radio, accompanied by some additional strings on the soundtrack. That scene alone sums up the film nicely. Watch this film if you can get a hold of it, one day it will return from it's current near death state and show the world what teen movies can be if they were allowed to.

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