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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rep. Lloyd Bentsen)
Owen Brewster Owen Brewster ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Owen Brewster)
Julius Rosenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Ethel Rosenberg ... Herself (archive footage)
Val Peterson Val Peterson ... Himself - Director of Civil Defense (archive footage) (as Gov. Val Peterson)
Lyndon Baines 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:

The Atomic Cafe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,098, 5 August 2018

Gross USA:

$22,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,293
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Archives Project See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jayne Loader regrets "not being able to use more of the U.S. Army training films, which were made to prepare the troops for nuclear war, like 'Manual Damage Assessment' and 'The Management of Mass Casualties' which dealt with triage after a nuclear war. And 'Memorial Activities' - which pertained to burying radioactive bodies". See more »

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Army information film: When not close enough to be killed, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
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Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb
Performed by Lowell Blanchard with the Valley Trio
Courtesy of Phonogram International Records, Inc.
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Horrifying and hilarious.
5 January 2003 | by Douglas_HolmesSee all my reviews

A great look into the ultra-paranoid mindset of the Cold War which I lived through. It is truly amazing how such madness (paranoia and intolerance of someone who dares to exercise REAL freedom of speech, of which examples are clearly shown) was accepted in those times.

The "Bert the Turtle" sequence cracked me up. I REMEMBER doing this "Duck and Cover" idiocy! When I was in grade school, we had Civil Defense drills: we were taught to leave the classroom, go out in the hall, face the wall, lean against it and cover our faces with our folded arms. Never you mind that the wall that was behind us consisted mostly of window glass! A shockwave hitting it would have blasted the shards into our backs. It would have looked like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre!

A great film.


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