When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man. Written by
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As Rae Flowers (uncredited), a radio DJ. In the book, this character was male. See more
Early scene of car crash at gas station is supposed to take place on June 17 in Texas but it is cold enough to see the actors' breaths. See more
[Larry has returned to New York to see his mother, who assumes he is a failure, despite his flashy car
Don't lie. I've seen your car.
About forty thousand.
But the record's number 21 this week, Ma! With a bullet. Bam! The album hasn't hit the hot 100 yet, but it will. Forty thousand's nothin'. Nothin'! And I'm not gonna let them make me a one-hit wonder, either. Your son's here to stick around! I'm gonna be famous, Ma. Even better. I'm gonna be rich.
The film opens with white words on a black screen: This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper. (These four lines are the final stanza from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men".) See more
References Ms. Pac-Man
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Written and Performed by Kathi Kamen Goldmark See more