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Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 21 October 1977 (USA)
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In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

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Jack Smight

Writers:

Roger Zelazny (from the novel "Damnation Alley"), Alan Sharp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Tanner
George Peppard ... Denton
Dominique Sanda ... Janice
Paul Winfield ... Keegan
Jackie Earle Haley ... Billy
Kip Niven ... Perry
Robert Donner ... Man / Guard
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Mountain Man #2
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Technician
Mark L. Taylor ... Haskins
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Colonel (as Bob Hackman)
Erik Cord Erik Cord ... Burning Man
Terence Locke Terence Locke ... Air Policeman (as Terrence Locke)
Marcia Holley Marcia Holley ... Gloria
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Storyline

A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You have seen great adventures. You are about to live one. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Survival Run See more »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Sound 360° (as 'Sound 360°') (patent pending)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Damnation Alley was 20th Century-Fox's big-budget science fiction project in 1976 while Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was a little-publicized modest film in production for the studio at the same time. See more »

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An unfairly maligned effort
13 January 2006 | by webmaster-625See all my reviews

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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