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The Atomic Cafe (1982)

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Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Tibbets Paul Tibbets ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage) (as President Harry S Truman)
W.H.P. Blandy W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself - Commander of the Bikini Test (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Brien McMahon Brien McMahon ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Brian McMahon)
Lloyd Bentsen Lloyd Bentsen ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rep. Lloyd Bentsen)
Owen Brewster Owen Brewster ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Owen Brewster)
Julius Rosenberg Julius Rosenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Ethel Rosenberg Ethel Rosenberg ... Herself (archive footage)
Val Peterson Val Peterson ... Himself - Director of Civil Defense (archive footage) (as Gov. Val Peterson)
Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lewis Strauss Lewis Strauss ... Himself - Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (archive footage) (as Lewis L. Strauss)
George Molan George Molan ... Himself (archive footage) (as Cpl. George Molan)
George Portell George Portell ... Himself (archive footage) (as Tech Sgt. George Portell)
Jerry Schneider Jerry Schneider ... Himself (archive footage)
Sergeant Weaver Sergeant Weaver ... Himself (archive footage)
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A compilation of 1960's films about what to do in case of a Nuclear attack and the effects of radiation, also footage of troop tests of the exposure to an atomic bomb. Written by Michael Edwards <medwards@gate.net>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1982 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Atomic Cafe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,098, 5 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,293, 25 October 2018
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The Archives Project See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director John G. Avildsen offered to get comedian John Belushi to narrate the film. Avildsen and Belushi had just made Neighbors (1981) for Columbia. See more »

Quotes

Civil defense film: Be sure to include tranquilizers to ease the strain and monotony of life in a fallout shelter. A bottle of 100 should be sufficient for a family of four. Tranquilizers are not a narcotic, and are not habit-forming.
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Connections

Features Duck and Cover (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosza Conducts Rosza
-- "Theme from 'Brute Force'" and "Theme from 'The Killers'"
Performed by Miklós Rózsa conducting the Frankenland State Symphony
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Duck And Cover Everyone!
17 April 2004 | by CalabossSee all my reviews

With no narration other than that provided by historical clips, this movie justly states how ludicrous the idea of nuclear war was, and is. The producers of this film spent years going through declassified governmental film archives to find some of the most chilling, and hilarious, footage ever taken. It also tells how the US government screwed over the Bikini Islanders, and has some fine coverage of the spoon-feeding of propaganda to the US public through the 40's and 50's.

A great movie for just a laugh, or for some interesting historical perspective on a unique time in the recent US past. I loved the clip of the guy who invented a lead-lined suit, put it on his son, and then had him try to ride a bike. Could we have possibly been this gullible just a few decades ago? Can you say "duct tape and plastic sheeting"?

Duck and cover everyone!


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