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The Night the City Screamed (1980)

A big-city blackout brings out looters, an ambitious politician, a police squad, and a young woman stranded after a party. An all-star cast.


Harry Falk


Larry Brody




Cast overview, first billed only:
Georg Stanford Brown ... Charles Neville
Raymond Burr ... Mayor
David Cassidy ... David Greeley
Robert Culp ... Frank McGuire
Clifton Davis ... Arnold Clements
George DiCenzo ... Cliff Barrankos
Gary Frank ... Ron Farrell
Don Meredith ... Captain Donald Wiacek
Linda Purl ... Brenda Farrell
Shelley Smith Shelley Smith ... Judy Agretti
Vic Tayback ... Morris Brustein
Dick Anthony Williams ... Jim Downs
Stuart K. Robinson Stuart K. Robinson ... Douglas King (as Stuart Robinson)
Grand L. Bush ... Herbert Lee (as Grand Bush)
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... Tom Burnham


A big-city blackout brings out looters, an ambitious politician, a police squad, and a young woman stranded after a party. An all-star cast.

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Release Date:

14 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht, als der Terror tobte See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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14 May 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

Seriously? Not ONE single review for this mini masterpiece? That's an injustice which I intend to correct!

I'm guessing that the city with the power outage woes is New York despite there being no mention of the name of the city in the movie. But it looks like New York so we'll assume that it is!

'The Night The City Screamed' is a 1980 TV movie and was made at a time when these kinds of 'disaster movies' were very popular. Despite the TV production values and constrictions of a low budget, this follows the same formula as the others...

Introduce lots of characters, give them a few lines throughout the movie and spend half an hour at the end tying things up, by letting us know how things panned out for each of them.

It's both cheesy and preachy in parts but a patient viewer can probably forgive that because of the generally campy feel of the whole thing.

It works because of the fabulous cast. If any TV archivist is scrolling down the credits of this movie they'll be wetting themselves. The incestuous club of big- name buddies are wheeled out for this one and even if you don't know all the names, you'll recognize almost all the faces.

There are big guns like Raymond Burr, Robert Culp, and Don Meredith... an appearance by David Cassidy who owns a broken TV set and a horrible mustache... Jonathan Frakes is buried in here somewhere and dozens of other names and faces you'll recognize also show up.

You really could write a good book or make a documentary about this movie even though the flick itself isn't really that good.

'The Night The City Screamed' was watchable back in 1980 because it was a good TV movie and it can be watched again today (2017) because it isn't! There's a good quality copy of this on YouTube, so get over there with pens and pencils at the ready... how many faces can you put names to?

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