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This Is Not a Test (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seamon Glass ...
Thayer Roberts ...
Jacob Elliot Saunders
Aubrey Martin ...
Juney
Mary Morlas ...
Cheryl Hudson
Michael Greene ...
Joe Baragi (as Mike Green)
Alan Austin ...
Al Weston
Carol Kent ...
Karen Barnes
Norman Winston ...
Sam Barnes
Ron Starr ...
Clint Delany
Don Spruance ...
Peter
James George Jr. ...
Looter
Norman Bishop ...
Looter (as Norm Bishop)
Ralph Manza ...
Looter
Jay Della ...
Looter
William Flaherty ...
Looter
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Late one night on a rural road in the western US, a policeman sets up a roadblock and begins stopping all traffic. When several cars and a big truck have stopped, he tells everyone why: a nuclear attack on the US appears to be underway, and since they have the truck there, their best chance at survival is to use it as a bomb shelter. Time is short and tensions in the small group quickly rise. Written by Anonymous

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The film debut of actor Michael Greene, never released theatrically. See more »

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Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter: This is Colter. Give me a time check, please.
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Has interest, but also has some big weaknesses
5 March 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

One of the most interesting things about "This Is Not A Test" is the fact that despite being a low-budget quickie, it actually chooses to treat the subject matter in a more realistic way instead of a more exploitive one. And the movie doesn't lose interest because of this, because we can almost see ourselves here: would we react in the same way as any of these characters? You also can't help but be curious as to each character's fate.

All that makes the movie atypical enough to be worth a look for B-movie fans. However, they should be prepared to have to sit through some really bad things. The acting is really uneven; some actors are passable, but there are others who give performances that really make you cringe. As well, the screenplay has a number of weaknesses. Among other things, the whole subplot about "Clint" seems to be for nothing, some important details about the characters seem to be missing, and the ending somehow seems WAY abrupt.


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