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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 ...
Drunk Man in Diner


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 <>

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There are 70 minutes to the end of the world. Where can you hide? 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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When the main character Harry is recounting his phone conversation to Landa, she asked him to repeat the launch code and then mentions the Rand Corporation and how someone who works there could know something about the launch code. The Rand corporation was a think tank formed in 1948 to advise the United States government on national security issues. Their most well known contribution being the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) during the cold war. 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 »


Harry Washello: I know how this sounds, but I answered the phone out there and the guy on the other end he was very, very frantic. He thought I was his dad fro a minute, I think he just had the wrong area code.
Fred the Cook: Yeah, so what?
Harry Washello: So he was calling from a missile silo! He said that they were locked in, 50 minutes and counting, to shoot off their nuclear wad. We would be getting it back in an hour and 10. I mean he meant that we're at war! Nuclear war!
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what starts like a bad made-for-TV movie turns into a compelling character-driven sci-fi horror
3 April 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on video around the time it was produced. I immediately liked it even though it was a bit bleak. But the late 80's were full of apocalyptic nuclear holocaust movies and this was the only one that stayed with me. Now, years later, I've just rewatched it (this time on DVD) and I still think it's a very good -- but not great -- movie.

Admittedly, there's some over-the-top 80's haircuts and costumes, stuff that would be seriously 'retro' nowadays. And the acting, particularly in the beginning, is 'obvious' and a bit tiring. But when the hero receives that fateful phone call, it all changes. Suddenly, it's like watching a stage-performance of a play, a pressure-cooker where everyone suspects everyone else and no one knows what's really going on.

In fact, one of the best parts of the screenplay is that we, the audience, also don't really know what to believe (until the very end). We watch the hero struggle with what to tell people who's help he needs: if he tells them the awful truth, they may not believe/help him; if he tells them a more believable lie, is he denying them the chance to survive or at least to die with their loved ones. Either way, both he and the people he meets turn to progressively more and more extreme behavior -- people die! . . . and what if it all turns-out to have been a hoax?

In all, I think this movie ranks as a great sci-fi film, and in the truest sense of the genre: What If. It's not about aliens or galactic empires or anything else that's more fantasy than reality. Instead, it's a situation that any of us could easily imagine and I think this is why it stayed with me all these years, why it now forms a part of the framework for my imagination whenever I find myself catastrophizing about terrorism or natural disaster, anything that could separate me from the ones I love. What would I do?

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