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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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The filmmakers received pressure from their financiers to have supplementary modern update footage or narration in the film but they relented and presented the film with no narration. However, the documentary has a soundtrack that includes songs and music with nuclear-inspired lyrics from the 1950s cold war period designed to underscore the movie's anti-atomic theme. One of these is a Bill Haley fantasy musical number where the only survivors of an atomic bomb are himself and thirteen women. 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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Pictures at an Exhibition
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
Performed by Charles Mackerras conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra
Courtesy of Vanguard Recording Society, Inc.
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In defense of Bert the Turtle
29 April 2002 | by hecklesSee all my reviews

May I say something in defense of the much-maligned Bert? While people have condemned other classroom flicks (like those wonderful driver ed films) for giving too much gory detail and depending on scare, Bert's fault seems to be that he gave away too little.

Yes, if a kid is in a classroom 200 yards from Ground Zero, forget it, he's cooked. But if the Bomb fell several miles away, ducking and covering will reduce his exposure to radiation and to flying debris. Not being privy to Soviet targeting information, the schools had no choice but to show the film to first and second kid alike.

Yes, you could follow up Bert with a more sophisticated film when the students are about ten or eleven (and probably have come to despise Bert anyway.) But for first or second graders, the Turtle was doing a necessary job well.


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