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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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Prosper Gaffney
Natalie Bate ...
Pat Denton
Burnham Burnham ...
Charlie
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Commission president
Neil Fitzpatrick ...
Hooking
Bob Maza ...
Walemari
Beverley Dunn ...
Commisioner #1
Alan Hopgood ...
Commisioner #2
Peter Cummins ...
Ballantyne, Australian veteran
Brian James ...
Vice-Adm. Windsor
Bob Hornery ...
Meteorologist
Steve Dodd ...
Freddy Tjapalijarri
Alfred Austen ...
Aboriginal elder
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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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1 October 1987 (USA)  »

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AUD 7,000,000 (estimated)

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$203,144 (USA)
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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 (Hadashi no Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »

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heavy-handed Australian drama
24 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An intelligent thriller is a rare thing these days, at least on the evidence of this well-intentioned but pedestrian story of nuclear paranoia and bureaucratic conspiracy, in which an innocent Australian cameraman uncovers a few radioactive skeletons in the closet of his country's atomic testing program. The Aussie government apparently has been hiding the details about native Aborigine victims of radiation fallout, but because the secret is out at the beginning of the movie there's no surprise and very little suspense: each new development in the already linear plot is introduced in sequence, with handy cues of ominous music to help viewers connect the dots. The script relies too much on convenient expository bulletins (television news broadcasts; telephone answering machine messages; home movies and so forth), and identifies too strongly with its hero, who like any unassuming TV cameraman is transformed into James Bond when under stress. A strong cast and attractive wide screen photography can't hide the wasted opportunity to expose an ugly true story and turn it into compelling fiction.


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