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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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Seamon Glass ...
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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 ...
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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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There are no giant monsters here
4 July 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Melodramatic for certain, but who would have thought that anyone would have made a film about the implications of an attack on the US by nuclear weapons in 1962? Certainly its amazing that there are no monsters lurking about, unless you count us as monsters.

The plot is simple, a sheriff is ordered to stop people on a lonely road late one night. The blockade is set up because the country is under attack and they don't want people running into the cities as everyone is trying to get out. What happens after everyone is stopped is what makes up the bulk of this movie.

As I said at the top its a bit melodramatic, we get the usual cross section of humanity all running past the same point in the road. However despite the melodrama things always remain interesting. We want to know what happens next because we care about most of the characters. Its their interplay that makes the movie work and be as watchable as it is. And what happens is certainly not what you expect from a "Hollywood" film.

Highly recommended. 8 out of 10.


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