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While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties. Not one to give up, he holds up a store for supplies and hides the family in a cave.Written by
One of cinemas earliest post-apocalyptic films, following the earlier released film, Five (1951). See more »
Clearly, the family is already several hours (135-150 miles) outside of Los Angeles when they arrive at the grocery store as the terrain is heavily mountainous. The film then has the family drive for hours more even though that would have placed them in SW Nevada or the Fresno/San Joaquin Valley area.
The area shown as being outside their cave hideout however, resembles the areas directly surrounding Los Angeles rather than hills and mountains of Central or Northern California where they would be located after driving all day. See more »
A family struggles to survive the anarchy in a world devastated by nuclear war. This is a believable story by the standards of the time it was produced; the possibility of a nuclear winter had not yet been considered. There are no bands of mutants roaming around eating the survivors, just ordinary criminal types. Yes, I'm afraid that circumstances like that do bring such people out of the woodworks. Ray Milland's character makes intelligent, and sometimes hard, decisions to ensure his family's survival.
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