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Miracle Mile (1988)

 -  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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Harry Washello
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Julie Peters
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Ivan Peters
Lou Hancock ...
Lucy Peters
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Wilson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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Charlotta (as Kelly Minter)
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Gerstead
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Landa
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Fred the Cook (as Robert Doqui)
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Claude Earl Jones ...
Harlan
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Mike
Danny De La Paz ...
Transvestite
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Drunk Man in Diner
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,145,404 (USA)
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The name of the burger shop that Julie works at is called "Fat Boy". This is a nod to the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Fat Man and Little Boy. See more »

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That waitress at the restaurant tells Harry that Julie is in the 351 building on Fuller, but Harry goes to 535 S Curson. See more »

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Harry Washello: Who is this?
Chip: Oh. Where's my dad? Go get my dad!
Harry Washello: Your dad? T-t-there's nobody here! W-w-where is he supposed to be?
Chip: How the hell would I know? You're in Orange County and I'm in North Dakota!
Harry Washello: Hey, is this is some kind of a prank or something?
Chip: A prank? A prank? Oh, God! Is this 254-9411?
Harry Washello: Uh, yeah, yeah, yeah, it is! But listen - it's just a phone booth. I-I-it's a phone booth in a coffee shop. I heard it ringing...
Chip: Isn't this 714? Did I dial 213? Shit!
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The best real-time thriller ever made
22 September 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Miracle Mile is one of my favourite films -I know it has its rough edges but I fell in love the first time I saw it at the University of Portsmouth film society ten years ago. I can't quite understand why though.

It belongs to the genre of suspense films called real-time thrillers -Hitchcock's Rope and Nick of Time are other examples. These are films which explore the very nature of film as a time-based medium. Usually the device is used in suspense movies, but has become popular recently in art house cinema like Timecode and Russian Ark.

The set-up is simple -after a day when he has fallen in love at first sight, Harry Washello randomly answers a ringing phone at a phone booth. The call is a wrong number from a soldier stationed at a nuclear silo. He is trying to warn his father that a nuclear strike has been launched and the US will be face a retaliatory attack in eighty minutes time. From then on, the action is played out in real time.

Unlike the aforementioned examples and the execrable 24, the real time actually works in Miracle Mile. If you sit through it with a stop watch, it only ever drifts out by a few seconds. The real time is essential to holding suspense and sympathy with the characters. Was the phone call for real? We don't know until an unforgettable moment, when the film becomes a race for survival.

There are some great, truly profound images -such as the dying Wilson scrambling up the down escalator with the body of his sister, or Harry and Julie lost in a department store surrounded by ticking clocks. This attention to detail and the bizarrely dark tone of the film elevate it to cult status. It has a soul and an individuality all of its own -can you imagine an episode of 24 ever being scored by Tangerine Dream?

This is a film about chance -the chance of Harry falling in love that day, the chance of him picking up the phone. The chance that effects us all and how we are at the mercy of it. But ultimately it is a very dark love story and perhaps that's why I like it so very much.


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