The Atomic Cafe ()

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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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Paul Tibbets ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Himself (archiveFootage) (as President Harry S Truman)
W.H.P. Blandy ...
Himself - Commander of the Bikini Test (archiveFootage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Brien McMahon ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Sen. Brian McMahon)
Lloyd Bentsen ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Rep. Lloyd Bentsen)
Owen Brewster ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Sen. Owen Brewster)
Julius Rosenberg ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Ethel Rosenberg ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Val Peterson ...
Himself - Director of Civil Defense (archiveFootage) (as Gov. Val Peterson)
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lewis Strauss ...
Himself - Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (archiveFootage) (as Lewis L. Strauss)
George Molan ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Cpl. George Molan)
George Portell ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Tech Sgt. George Portell)
Jerry Schneider ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Sergeant Weaver ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Seymour Melman ...
Himself - Columbia University (archiveFootage) (as Prof. Seymour Melman)
Mario Salvadori ...
Himself - Columbia University (archiveFootage) (as Prof. Mario Salvadori)
Nikita Khrushchev ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Military Officer (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
J. Edgar Hoover ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Joseph McCarthy ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
William H. Peterson ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
George A. Smathers ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
James E. Van Zandt ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Jayne Loader
Kevin Rafferty
Pierce Rafferty

Produced by

Jayne Loader ... producer
Kevin Rafferty ... producer
Pierce Rafferty ... producer

Film Editing by

Jayne Loader
Kevin Rafferty

Editorial Department

Cyndi Bono ... negative cutter
Dominick Bono ... negative cutter
MaryAnn DiLillo ... negative cutter (as Mary-Ann Dillillo)

Sound Department

Margaret Crimmins ... sound editor (as Margie Crimmins)
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Andrea Hull ... sound assistant

Music Department

John Allinson ... music source
Ray Avery ... music source
Richard Bass ... music consultant
David Dunaway ... music consultant
Rick Eaker ... music coordinator
Helen Hunter ... music source
Robert Javors ... music source
William L. Schurk ... music source
Raymond Wile ... music source
Charles Wolfe ... music consultant (as Dr. Charles Wolfe)

Other crew

Nan Allendorfer ... additional archival researcher: Washington
Obie Benz ... production consultant
Carol Clement ... titles
Stewart M. Crone ... memorial activities
Jon Else ... additional archival researcher: Los Alamos
Margaret Henry ... additional archival researcher: London
Susan Kellam ... production consultant
Victoria Peterson ... additional archival researcher: Los Angeles
George Pillsbury ... production consultant
Pierce Rafferty ... archival researcher
David Thaxton ... additional archival researcher: Washington


Chris Beaver ... special thanks
Lance Bird ... special thanks
Joseph P. Bono ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Lillian Brandon ... special thanks
Tom Brandon ... special thanks
Alida R. Dayton ... special thanks
Richard D. Ero ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Charles Grigg ... special thanks
Joseph K. Hooper ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Richard N. Houk ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Judy Irving ... special thanks
Tom Johnson ... special thanks
Arthur Kanegis ... special thanks
Richard Klein ... special thanks
Mireille C. Kreeger ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Mary Lampson ... special thanks
Terry Lawler ... special thanks
J. Fred MacDonald ... special thanks
Dorothy J. MacDorman ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Miguel Ángel Muñoz ... special thanks: Bono Film Services (as Miguel A. Muñoz)
Ginny Newsom ... special thanks
Carl P. Palumbo ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Rick Prelinger ... special thanks (as Richard Prelinger)
Mrs. W.G. Rafferty ... special thanks
Allen L. Russell ... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Deborah Shaffer ... special thanks
Zenon J. Slawinski ... special thanks: Bono Film Services

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Plot Summary

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

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • El café atómico (Spain)
  • Atomowa kawiarnia (Poland)
  • Pyriniko kafeneio (Greece)
  • Атомное кафе (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Atomic Cafe (Finland)
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  • 86 min
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Box Office

Budget $300,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,098, 05 Aug 2018

Did You Know?

Trivia The segment "Duck and Cover" showed how school children were reassured by "Bert the Turtle" that they would survive a nuclear bomb by simply forming a huddle together by the wall of the school-house. _The Atomic Cafe_ (qv ) has been attributed to raising public consciousness of the short film "Duck and Cover" and introducing it to a whole a new generation. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Submarines: Sharks of Steel (1993). See more »
Soundtracks When the Atom Bomb Fell See more »
Quotes 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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