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A State of Emergency (1986)

A nuclear physicist concludes that constant nuclear testing will bring about the apocalypse, so he attempts to warn US and USSR officials, as well as contact a Portuguese women who claims Virgin Marry warned her about this in 1911.

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Dr. Alex Carmody
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Dr. Kenneth Parrish
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Father Joe Ryan
Frances Tomelty ...
Jackie Hampton
Kenneth Haigh
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Bobby Sherman
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Diane Carmody
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Valerie Braddell
Judith Burnett
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Brian Carmody
Peggy Frankston
François Guétary
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A nuclear physicist concludes that constant nuclear testing will bring about the apocalypse, so he attempts to warn US and USSR officials, as well as contact a Portuguese women who claims Virgin Marry warned her about this in 1911.

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A chain reaction. Only he can stop it. Tomorrow's dawn is in his hands.

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November 1986 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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At 13:18 when Dr Carmody is about to reverse out of his driveway returning to the laboratory, (after Dr Parrish's revelation of the results of his experiment to the media), a dog can be clearly seen outside the hedges, in the front of the lawn. A second later the dog is gone. See more »

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unforgettable
29 August 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I heartily concur with the previous review.

This film was shown to me in class, it moved all of us very much and at the time was available on video, so I think most of us made the effort to see it again.

Martin Sheen carries this simple film along with a great cast, it is one of the more exceptional films exploring a world on the edge of a nuclear apocalypse. Designed to be quite convincing and very moving.

This film is nowhere to be seen now. If you find it suddenly on your TV, do make the time to sit down and remember the Reagan era when the Cold War still threatened our world. It is an idea so remote only twenty years later.

The ending is extremely moving, I don't want to give anything away but my class was on the edge of their seats as the tension is built superbly. As a Martin Sheen film you can expect a poignant purpose to the story not unlike Wall Street, but far less clichéd than other 'Nuclear' movies.


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