The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a ... See full summary »
Rebecca De Mornay,
James Earl Jones
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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 <email@example.com>
The film was screened by then-President Ronald Reagan at the White House. While it's been confirmed that President Reagan and his senior staff were deeply moved by the film's depiction of a nuclear holocaust, other details involving Reagan and the film remain murky. One report that the movie was one of the driving factors behind the U.S. and the Soviet Union signing a majors nuclear arms-reduction treaty in Europe has been debunked because that treaty was already being worked on by the countries before this film premiered in 1983. Another story said that Reagan sent Nicholas Meyer a note saying "The Day After" was a factor in arms treaty decisions; Meyer said he never received that, but said that President Reagan did reach out to praise the film after seeing it. See more »
When Airman McCoy is talking to his wife at their house he tells her he will be "out of the service in 6 months". His rank is Airman First Class and at the very least, he would have a full year before his 4 year enlistment is over at his current rank. See more »
Scrolling through the comments, I was impressed with the number of people from the USA, who said that this movie really scared them, when they first saw it. In fact it is not surprising. Well, I am Russian, yet it scared me too.
But first, a little preface. I was in the second grade (appr. 1982), when I first heard about the nuclear war. We had a number of lectures on it - of course the information was adapted so that 8-9 year old kids could understand it. We were impressed, but childhood has a wonderful gift that lets you quickly forget what was bad. So during the only false alarm that was held in our school the whole lot of students and tutors were brought out into the schoolyard, and we all stood in lines and through snowballs at each other imitating air bombing, and there was a feeling of excitement everywhere. The fact is, that many of us treated the threat as something so-far-away-that-it's-not-worth-worrying-about.
The movie was shown on out TV once only (with all the necessary precautions like "don't let nervous people see it"). Well, to say that I was terrified is to say nothing. For what it did, was that it made the threat so ordinary - and so real. Though for me it happened on the other side of the planet, you could easily imagine that the same thing would happen in my own country - and no fools - it would be absolutely THE SAME.
For some period thereafter I became slightly phobic ("Ma, what's that roar over our house, it's too low for a plane heading to the nearest airport"). But now I regard it as a good experience, because it made me think. I got a clear understanding that this COULD happen. I guess there was quite a big number of people in our country with the same understanding, and together with the threatened people from other countries they prevented the whole thing from happening right then. Hope the plain old common sense will help prevent the nuclear apocalypse in future.
P.S. Recently I saw the movie one more time, and it stirred the same emotions, as it did in my childhood. A great movie, that's all I can say...
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