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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 July 1962 (USA)
A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As lawlessness prevails, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

Director:

Ray Milland

Writers:

Jay Simms (screenplay), John Morton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Harry Baldwin
Jean Hagen ... Ann Baldwin
Frankie Avalon ... Rick Baldwin
Mary Mitchel ... Karen Baldwin
Joan Freeman ... Marilyn Hayes
Richard Bakalyan ... Carl
Rex Holman ... Mickey
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
Willis Bouchey ... Dr. Powell Strong (as Willis Buchet)
Neil Burstyn Neil Burstyn ... Andy (as Neil Nephew)
O.Z. Whitehead ... Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender Russ Bender ... Leader At Roadblock
Andrea Lane Andrea Lane ... Waitress
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Army Sergeant
Shary Marshall Shary Marshall ... Bobbie Johnson
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

AN ORGY OF LOOTING AND LUST... "A" - DAY WHEN CIVILIZATION CAME TO AN END! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

End of the World See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Roger Corman Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of cinemas earliest post-apocalyptic films, following the earlier released film, Five (1951). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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An honest look at a post-nuclear holocaust
29 July 2000 | by dcorr123See all my reviews

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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