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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Archives Project See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Footage was sourced from three main repositories. They were the National Archives of the USA, the American Library of Congress and Pennsylvania's Tobyhama Army Base. 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

Referenced in Late Night with David Letterman: Episode #1.23 (1982) See more »

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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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fascinating
13 December 2002 | by enmussakSee all my reviews

For anyone who enjoys a real sense about times in history that they have not lived through, this is an excellent film. I had no idea how the dawning of the atomic age changed American culture. For an interesting continuance of the paranoid atomic era, check out Bowling for Columbine. Both Atomic Cafe and Bowling for Columbine discuss the "Culture of Fear" that is America.

Some of the content in the Atomic Cafe is completely shocking, which serves its purpose as a poignant exposé into one of the darker periods of America's (if not the world's history). A must see. You'll be glued to the screen. 10/10


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