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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

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 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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'A'-Day... When Civilization Came To An End! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The Baldwin family's travel trailer used in the film was a 1962 Kenskill model 17 1/2, built in Sun Valley, California (in the San Fernando Valley). Kenskill manufactured travel trailers from 1946 to the mid 1970s. A larger company, Kenskill had made 18,000 travel trailers by 1959. Their trailers were designed to be stood up in and offer plenty of head room. See more »

Goofs

When the Baldwins drive away from Johnson's store after taking the guns, klieg lights are visibly reflected on the windows of their trailer. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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Crazy Credits

Other than the title, all credits are at the end of the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: Panic in Year Zero (1977) See more »

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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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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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