Miracle Mile (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  19 May 1989 (USA)
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A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Washello
Julie Peters
Ivan Peters
Lou Hancock ...
Lucy Peters
Wilson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Charlotta (as Kelly Minter)
Fred the Cook (as Robert Doqui)
Claude Earl Jones ...
Danny De La Paz ...
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A young man meets and falls in love with a young woman at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. This area is known as Miracle Mile, and the whole movie takes place there. They make a date, which he misses, and while he is searching for her, he accidentally finds out that we (the United States) are about to start a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. He frantically searches for her so that they can escape Los Angeles. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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You just found out that you have 24 hours to live. What are YOU going to do? See more »


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Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

70 minutos para huir  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)


$1,145,404 (USA)

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The original script had Walter Cronkite appearing on television towards the end as himself. See more »


On the phone in the booth when Chip told Harry the code to nuclear war, he said that the code was, "Thor Arthur 66ZZD." In the diner when Landa asked Harry to repeat the conversation, he said the code was, "Thor Arthur 66"DD"Z". See more »


Julie Peters: People are gonna help each other, aren't they? Rebuilding things?
Harry Washello: I think it's the insects's turn.
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Offbeat, intriguing
11 June 2002 | by (Tampa, FL, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies; for some reason, the thought of civilization as we know it grinding to a halt on a backdrop of nuclear bombs falling intrigues me to no end.

There are a host of movies that deal with Life After The Bomb, a whole lot more dealing with Life While Preventing The Bomb, but not very many that deal with Life Immediately Before The Bomb. This is one of the latter, and I think it pulls it off really well.

This offbeat movie chronicles a few hours in the life of a character who has just found out that the missiles are on the way.

This movie is rather offbeat; the acting is not bad, but just unlike normal hollywood acting, even despite a few familiar faces. The pacing is different, the sets are different, the colors are different. And in this case, the differences give it an edge that is quite intriguing.

The main character (tom cruise's ill-fated co-pilot in top gun) displays such an acute, personal anxiety that really grabbed my attention and really made the movie hit home.

While some of the other acting is less than stellar, in a movie like this it does not detract.

This movie really did make me think about what I would do in a similar situation. Very thought-provoking.

If you are as intriguied by nuclear war as I am, you should definitely watch this film.

8 / 10

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