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The Day After (1983)

The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

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Nicholas Meyer

Writer:

Edward Hume
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Dr. Russell Oakes
JoBeth Williams ... Nurse Nancy Bauer
Steve Guttenberg ... Stephen Klein (as Steven Guttenberg)
John Cullum ... Jim Dahlberg
John Lithgow ... Joe Huxley
Bibi Besch ... Eve Dahlberg
Lori Lethin ... Denise Dahlberg
Amy Madigan ... Alison Ransom
Jeff East ... Bruce Gallatin
Georgann Johnson ... Helen Oakes
William Allen Young ... Airman Billy McCoy
Calvin Jung ... Dr. Sam Hachiya
Lin McCarthy ... Dr. Austin
Dennis Lipscomb ... Reverend Walker
Clayton Day Clayton Day ... Dennis Hendry
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Storyline

The frightening story of the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear strike on the United States. The bulk of the activity centers around the town of Lawrence, Kansas. Written by Anthony Ventarola <theventman@aol.com>

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They told us it would be impossible to make this movie. They told us it would be impossible for you to watch it. We hope nothing is impossible. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day After See more »

Filming Locations:

De Soto, Kansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credits featured an updated version of the selection "The Old South" from "The River" by Virgil Thomson. The closing credits featured an updated instrumental of the hymn "How Firm a Foundation", which itself inspired some of Thomson's work, notably "The River". See more »

Goofs

Before the attack and the EMP, Kansas City is shown in panic. The air raid sirens are on and off in different shots. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Nancy Bauer: I think you better have a piece of this orange. Might be the last orange you see for... week and a half.
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Crazy Credits

[After movie has ended, before end credits.] The catastrophic events you have just witnessed are, in all likelihood, less severe than the destruction that would actually occur in the event of a full nuclear strike against the United States. It is hoped that the images of this film will inspire the nations of this earth, their peoples, and leaders to find the means to avert that fateful day. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally filmed at 3 hours, the original release version (which ran in European theatres and later worldwide on home video) ran 126 minutes. The network telecast version (available for a time on LaserDisc) ran 120 minutes. Heavily edited for later telecast showings. Most current video cassette and disc versions run the full 126-minute length. See more »

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Soundtracks

Music from 'The River'
by Virgil Thomson
Arranged by David Raksin (uncredited)
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User Reviews

YIKES!!!
13 July 2001 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

This movie can never be outdated. One of the two scariest non-horror movies I have seen (deliverance is the other), this movie portrays a realistic (if to a lesser degree) of what could happen if there ever were a nuclear attack. Gosh, did it ever scare me! It made me think, too. I still rank is as an excellent film, even though it has been so long since I saw it.

*** out of ****


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