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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

Approved | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 July 1962 (USA)
A family leaves L.A. for a camping trip - just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As the city descends into chaos, 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 overview:
Ray Milland ... Harry Baldwin
Jean Hagen ... Ann Baldwin
Frankie Avalon ... Rick Baldwin
Mary Mitchel ... Karen Baldwin
Joan Freeman ... Marilyn Hayes
Richard Garland ... Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
Richard Bakalyan ... Carl
Rex Holman ... Mickey
Neil Burstyn ... Andy (as Neil Nephew)
Willis Bouchey ... Dr. Powell Strong
O.Z. Whitehead ... Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender ... Harkness
Byron Morrow ... Evacuee from Newhall
Hugh Sanders ... Becker
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 immense explosion and realise the awful truth; Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Mayhem and madness 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 its first casualties. Not one to give up, Harry doors things to make sure his family has a chance at surviving. Written by alfiehitchie

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When Science Fiction Becomes Fact! See more »


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Trivia

The Baldwin children played by Frankie Avalon and Mary Mitchel were born in real life, a day apart, September 18, 1940 and September 19, 1940 respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Baldwin throws a pail of gasoline across the busy highway to make the traffic stop so they could get across, the resultant fire is much larger and more prolonged than the small amount shown could have produced. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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Other than the title, all credits are at the end of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Svengoolie: The Undead (2021) See more »

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Go into it expecting little, and you'll get a lot.
30 July 2000 | by roarshockSee all my reviews

American International pics are pretty consistent lesser-grade pleasures. If you have a taste for them, there is a vast library of reasonably entertaining AIP movies out there. And occasionally they even outdo themselves. Panic in Year Zero is one of those better than average movies. Working with a typically low AIP budget, Milland, as director, concentrated on getting really fine performances out of the actors and telling his post-atomic war story by focusing on one family trying to find safety in isolation. Overall, it worked well and makes this a film worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The End of the World See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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