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Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
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I saw this film at the local cinema when it was released ...
and what a great film it seemed. (and in context, still is!).
The context is this - in 1977 we were in the middle of the 'Cold War', and we lived expecting the USA and the USSR to start throwing nukes at each other, which we expected to be the END OF THE WORLD. So a film about the end of civilization was bound to be a hit.
btw if you read the original novel 'Damnation Alley' then I can't recommend this film, because the tie-in is VERY tenuous
back to the film - WWIII devastates the planet, and a group of survivors from a military base build a seriously tasty all terrain vehicle with which to explore the remains of the planet. Damnation Alley - a devastated stretch of the USA - is populated by (among other things), giant scorpions :-) wow!
What would the survivors of WWIII be like? Well maybe they'll retain some semblance of whatever passed for normal before the nuclear strike, or maybe they'll degenerate - the survivors from the base meet a few along the way.
The ending? Was (in my opinion) quite a let down - but you can make your own decision about that
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