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Ground Zero (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 1 October 1987 (USA)
A second generation cameraman in Australia finds evidence that his father had filmed a nuclear test that allowed aboriginies to be exposed to and killed by radiation. He begins a search for... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prosper Gaffney
Natalie Bate ...
Pat Denton
Burnham Burnham ...
Commission president
Neil Fitzpatrick ...
Bob Maza ...
Beverley Dunn ...
Commisioner #1
Alan Hopgood ...
Commisioner #2
Peter Cummins ...
Ballantyne, Australian veteran
Brian James ...
Vice-Adm. Windsor
Bob Hornery ...
Steve Dodd ...
Freddy Tjapalijarri
Alfred Austen ...
Aboriginal elder


A second generation cameraman in Australia finds evidence that his father had filmed a nuclear test that allowed aboriginies to be exposed to and killed by radiation. He begins a search for a secret that if true, his government has already killed people to keep quiet. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Once you know the secret of Ground Zero, maybe the British will try to kill you, too. See more »


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Release Date:

1 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ground Zero.  »

Box Office


AUD 7,000,000 (estimated)


$203,144 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about atomic bombs and nuclear warfare which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome (1979). The films included Silkwood (1983), Testament (1983), Threads (1984), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Special Bulletin (1983), Ground Zero (1987), Barefoot Gen (Barefoot Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Dead Man's Letters (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »


References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Taught thriller that's worth watching all the way to the end
13 March 2003 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

While Ground Zero moved rather slowly at some points, the overall tone of the feature brought out a natural suspense that was both unique and different. While we Americans get caught up in the nuclear history of our own country, this film brought about a new perspective, albeit a darker and more sinister one.

Colin Friels had an exceptional performance in this movie, which few Americans seem to care about watching considering the low returns. The ending was also rather surprising, just when you felt the story had ended and everything was for naught. This is one of those forgotten eighties films that I'll be sure to remember.

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