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Ladybug Ladybug (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 December 1963 (USA)
Staff and students at a rural school react to a warning of an imminent nuclear attack, not knowing whether it is real or a mistake.

Director:

Frank Perry

Writers:

Eleanor Perry (screenplay), Lois Dickert (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Mrs. Maxton - the Dietician
William Daniels ... Mr. John Calkins - the School Principal
James Frawley James Frawley ... Truck Driver
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... JoAnn's Father
Kathryn Hays Kathryn Hays ... Mrs. Betty Forbes - the Secretary
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Hayworth - the Art Teacher
Elena Karam Elena Karam ... Don & Trudy's Mother
Judith Lowry ... Luke's Grandmother
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Andrews
Estelle Parsons ... JoAnn's Mother
Doug Chapin Doug Chapin ... Gary
Miles Chapin ... Joel
Bozo Dell Bozo Dell ... Peter
Dianne Higgins Dianne Higgins ... Jill
Alan Howard Alan Howard ... Luke
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Storyline

Staff and students at a rural school react to a warning of an imminent nuclear attack, not knowing whether it is real or a mistake.

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Frank and Eleanor Perry, makers of "David and Lisa," have produced a new motion picture... a picture dedicated to life.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boza krówko, boza krówko See more »

Filming Locations:

Gradyville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frank Perry Films Inc. See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

Marilyn Rogers, who played "Sarah", died on the Tenth day of the Tenth month of 2010. See more »

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Harriet: It wouldn't be my fault if it was an order.
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A quiet nightmare loomed in an enervating, champion film.
18 September 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

Surely this packed a hell of a punch at the time of its initial release. Today, it's still quite penetrating, though moreso as a Cold War time capsule and a memory of a gentler, though increasingly tumultuous America in the early stages of multi-directional change.

LADYBUG, LADYBUG is a deftly machinated picture, and clearly a vest-pocket project born of much heart and personal investment(as never would this type of film have been regarded as a potential blockbuster). The largely no-name cast does a spectacular job, most notably the children...they are all in top form, with a few in particular delivering some of the finest juvenile performances of that decade. Essentially actionless, LADYBUG imagines the anxiety and dread of a single day when the students and faculty of a public school are led to believe that a nuclear attack may be expeditiously imminent. The children are chaperoned home on-foot by a teacher...it's a tense walk, and all the while they do their best to keep each other calm, each straining to maintain an abstemious bravado and composure. The heartbreaking denouement is unforgettable, allegedly with a foothold in a true-life event.

Uniquely horrifying in an austere, almost fragile way...this is a minor classic with a most important hindsight, and a film to preserve for posterity. 8.5/10


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