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A Clear and Present Danger (1970)

The son of a U.S. Senator takes on the cause of clean air when a friend dies of emphysema.

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James Goldstone

Writers:

A.J. Russell (teleplay), Howard Rodman (teleplay) (as Henri Simoun) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... Senator Hays Stowe
E.G. Marshall ... Senator Stowe
Joseph Campanella ... Jordan Boyle
Jack Albertson ... Dr. Chanute
Pat Hingle ... Salem Chase
Sharon Acker ... Erin Stowe
James Douglas James Douglas ... Howard Eager
Mike Kellin ... Prof. Duke
Jeff Corey ... Beiseker
Bernie Hamilton ... House
Michael Bell ... Elliot Morse
Cindy Eilbacher ... Norma Stowe
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Amanda Shamokin
Harry Basch ... Health Commissioner
Robert Heinz Robert Heinz ... Preston Gardiner
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The son of a U.S. Senator takes on the cause of clean air when a friend dies of emphysema.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Aired within the "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies" umbrella. See more »

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Followed by The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970) See more »

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One of the earliest films to seriously deal with the topic of air pollution.
10 June 2004 | by mainsqueezeSee all my reviews

Having recently just seen THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, I was reminded of this movie, which when made in 1970, was prescient. In a time when the first Earth Day was still in the planning stages, the film was a dramatization of the possibility of man-made environmental disaster, at a time when very few people were acknowledging the need for any environmental protection at all. While I saw it 34 years ago when it originally aired, I have never forgotten it.

Regrettably, the issues involved seem to be the same: the unwillingness of the corporate / business community to place the health and safety of society above their profits. I regard this movie as a harbinger of environmental cinema, in the same way that Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING made people sit up and take notice of an issue that could no longer be safely ignored. This film, made without the use of today's special effects, dramatically pointed out the potential that could result from unchecked industrial pollution.

For those who disparaged THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW as alarmist and unrealistic, this would be a good film to view, bearing in mind that the 'conventional wisdom' of the time when this was made was much the same, i.e. the world was so big and and a little pollution didn't really matter. In hindsight, A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER looks positively tame. No one today would look at this film and and label it as fear-mongering.


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