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Where Have All the People Gone (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 8 October 1974
A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune to the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to ... See full summary »

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Lewis John Carlino (teleplay), Sandor Stern (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Peter Graves ... Steven Anders
George O'Hanlon Jr. ... David Anders
Kathleen Quinlan ... Deborah Anders
Verna Bloom ... Jenny
Michael-James Wixted Michael-James Wixted ... Michael
Noble Willingham ... Jim Clancy
Jay W. MacIntosh ... Barbara Anders
Doug Chapin Doug Chapin ... Tom Clancy
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Jack McFadden
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Man with Gun (as Dan Barrows)
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A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune to the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to white powder, leaving behind only empty clothing. A handful of survivors attempt to rebuild their lives on the depopulated Earth. Written by Michael White <mpwhite@firstam.com>

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead and gone See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Grave's character says "Two weeks ago I was selling plastic cups. Now I'm harnessing horses." (Horse whinnies.) "You're right, it's sure been a long time." Peter Graves starred as a horse rancher in the series Fury (1955). See more »

Goofs

David took a 12 volt/6 cell battery out of the 1970s Chevrolet Blazer, and replaced it with a 6 volt/3 cell battery. A 6 volt system can usually be used with a 12 volt battery in an emergency, but not the opposite. See more »

Quotes

Deborah Anders: [after finding someone's clothes on a car seat and some white powder] It was a nuclear war...
Steven Anders: They're dead, c'mon.
Deborah Anders: [going into hysterics] There was a nuclear war! And they're all dead!
David Anders: [starts to hit the telephone with the receiver] No! No! No! No! No! No! No!
Steven Anders: David.
David Anders: Leave me alone! It's not a nuclear war! It's not the whole world, it's just here and that's all! And Mom's not here! She's home and she's alive! Just like us!
[he takes off running]
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Referenced in Night of the Comet (1984) See more »

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disaster-type movie that is affecting and effective
22 October 2004 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

With video stores dumping their videotapes in favor of DVDs (even if they do not have DVDs to replace many of the titles they're getting rid of), and with large video store chains putting mom 'n' pop stores out of business, some unusual videos are turning up for sale.

I'd never heard of this movie, and wasn't even a year old when it was originally broadcast, but when I saw it as an ex-rental for sale for $2... well, actually I passed it up at first, just writing the title down to look up on the IMDb. The comments are pretty favorable on it, and I'm usually intrigued when a movie on the IMDb has relatively few user ratings and no external reviews, and a subsequent internet search fails to turn up any reviews online elsewhere. Consequently, I went back and bought it; I'm glad I did!

It starts off with a voice-over by the young woman Deborah Anders, and occasionally throughout the movie we get some voice-over by her, though the movie is not entirely her narrative. The Anders family is camping in the High Sierras, but Mrs. Anders heads back to their home in Malibu. Mr. Anders, his two children, and a family friend remain. While the Anderses are fossil-hunting in a cave, their friend prepares a rabbit stew and he sees a bright light, which is followed by a short earthquake. The Anderses flee the cave during the earthquake, and they witness their friend's health deteriorating, and can't get and stations on their radio anymore, and can't reach anyone on their walkie-talkie. They make their way back to civilization: Rainbow, California, population 250. Nobody is there.

What happened?

The movie held my attention pretty well. It is definitely a made-for-TV movie, fading to black for commercials, then fading back up again. In spite of that, it works pretty well. As in a number of other movies of this subgenre, there are spooky shots of deserted towns, encounters with dangerous animals and other survivors.


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