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The Day After ()


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

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  • Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations.
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Dr. Russell Oakes
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Nurse Nancy Bauer
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Stephen Klein (as Steven Guttenberg)
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Jim Dahlberg
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Joe Huxley
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Eve Dahlberg
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Denise Dahlberg
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Alison Ransom
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Bruce Gallatin
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Helen Oakes
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Airman Billy McCoy
Calvin Jung ...
Dr. Sam Hachiya
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Dr. Austin
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Reverend Walker
Clayton Day ...
Dennis Hendry
Doug Scott ...
Danny Dahlberg
Ellen Anthony ...
Joleen Dahlberg
Kyle Aletter ...
Marilyn Oakes
Alston Ahern ...
Cynthia (as Alston Ahearn)
William Allyn ...
Professor
Antonie Becker ...
Ellen Hendry
Pamela Brown ...
Nurse
Jonathan Estrin ...
Julian French
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Aldo
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Tom Cooper
Rosanna Huffman ...
Dr. Wallenberg
Barbara Harris ...
Cleo Mackey (as Barbara Iley)
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TV Host
Bob Meister ...
Cody
Vahan Moosekian ...
Mack
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Dr. Landowska
Glenn Robards ...
Barber #2
Tom Spratley ...
Barber #1
Stan Wilson ...
Vinnie Conrad
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Alexandra
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Newscaster (uncredited)
Clarence R. Autery ...
Himself - SAC Airborne Commander (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Old Man with Family Squatting at Dr. Oakes's Home (uncredited)
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Burn Victim (uncredited)
Desiree Boschetti ...
Blind Girl (uncredited)
Harry Bugin ...
Man at phone (uncredited)
Darrell Everson ...
Burn victim (uncredited)
John Gronbeck-Tedesco ...
Kenny Hendry (uncredited)
Herk Harvey ...
Farmer Jenkins (uncredited)
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Maureen McCoy (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ...
Hospital Patient (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Boy in Barn (uncredited)
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Man in Hospital (uncredited)
George Mason Kuhn ...
The Mayor of Lawrence (uncredited)
David Kulwin ...
Burn Victim (uncredited)
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Radiologist (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Terry M. Moore ...
Dead Boy by Statue (uncredited)
Luci-Lynn Norris ...
Survivor (uncredited)
Charles Oldfather ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Man with Radio (uncredited)
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Woman in Line at River (uncredited)
David Rodwell ...
Extra (uncredited)
Angela Soper ...
Sarah Hendry (uncredited)
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Guard #1 (uncredited)
Charles Whitman ...
Kelton (uncredited)
David Yonally ...
Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nicholas Meyer

Written by

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Edward Hume ... (written by)

Produced by

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Stephanie Austin ... associate producer
Robert Papazian ... producer (as Robert A. Papazian)

Music by

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David Raksin

Cinematography by

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Gayne Rescher ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William Paul Dornisch
Robert Florio

Editorial Department

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Janet Bartels-Vandagriff ... assistant editor (as Janet Bartels)
Sharon Burke ... assistant editor
Barbara Palmer Dixon ... additional editor
Paul Dixon ... editor: film
Walton Dornisch ... assistant editor
David McCann ... post production supervisor

Casting By

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Ross Brown
Hank McCann

Production Design by

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Peter Wooley

Set Decoration by

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Mary Ann Good

Makeup Department

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Judy Crown ... hair stylist
Zoltan Elek ... makeup artist
Dorothea Long ... hair stylist
Michael Mills ... prosthetic makeup
Michael Westmore ... makeup designer (as Mike Westmore)

Production Management

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Hal Galli ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Elie Cohn ... first assistant director
Gail Joyce Fortmuller ... second assistant director
Steven-Charles Jaffe ... second unit director
Scott Thaler ... first assistant director: second unit

Art Department

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Lavar Emert ... property master
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. ... set designer (as Joe Pacelli)
Mort Zwicker ... construction coordinator
Richard M. Kristy ... set dresser (uncredited)
Joseph Musso ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary C. Bourgeois ... re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Fred Judkins ... sound editor
Charles T. Knight ... production sound (as Charlie Knight)
Frank Serafine ... sound designer
Jill Taggart ... loop editor
Christopher T. Welch ... sound editor
James Bailey ... foley artist (uncredited)
Kevin F. Cleary ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Brian Courcier ... sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Dillon ... sound editor (uncredited)
David R. Elliott ... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert L. Harman ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Hilkene ... sound editor (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian ... sound editor (uncredited)
Joseph A. Mayer ... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Melody ... sound editor (uncredited)
Troy Porter ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Catherine Shorr ... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Shorr ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jill Taggart ... adr editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Robert Blalack ... special effects
Bob Dawson ... special effects (as Robert Dawson)

Visual Effects by

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Christopher Dusendschon ... cloud tank cinematography: PRAXIS FILMWORKS (uncredited) / high speed miniature cinematography: PRAXIS FILMWORKS (uncredited) / optical compositor: PRAXIS FILMWORKS (uncredited)
Dion Hatch ... animation cameraman: Movie Magic (uncredited)
Mark Madel ... electronics design (uncredited) / motion control software (uncredited)
Chris Regan ... optical supervisor (uncredited) / visual effects (uncredited)
Jay Riddle ... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Paul Stader ... stunt coordinator
Debbi A. Davison ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Romolo Acquistapace ... gaffer (as Ro Acquistapace)
Gene Griffith ... key grip
Neil Roach ... director of photography: second unit
Dean Williams ... still photographer
John Earl Burnett ... second assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Rick Fee ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Mary West ... casting associate
Jack Wright ... extras casting: Kansas
Brendan Donnison ... adr voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dianne Cohoon ... costumer: women
Bill Flores ... costumes: men
John S. Perry ... costume supervisor (as John Perry)

Location Management

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Steve Dayan ... location manager (as Steve A. Dayan)
Andree Juviler ... location manager
Tom Lackey ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Wayne Kiser ... music preparation
Virgil Thomson ... music from 'The River' by
Angela Morley ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Prendergast ... music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gene Clinesmith ... transportation coordinator
Linda Cipperley ... transportation (uncredited)
Hugh Kelly ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Barbara Amato ... script supervisor
Penelope Gottlieb ... titles
Timothy J. Hayes ... research advisor (as Timothy J. Hayes M.D.)
Eric Fladung ... production assistant (uncredited)
Arthur Kanegis ... research by (uncredited)
Janna Wong Healy ... assistant to Mr. Meyer (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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 »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Le jour d'après (France)
  • Der Tag danach (Germany)
  • El día después (Spain)
  • Der Tag danach (West Germany)
  • I epomeni mera (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The original air date, on ABC, was November 20, 1983. Over one hundred million Americans were estimated to have viewed the program. Still rated as the most watched television movie on U.S. television as of May 2017 (not including miniseries), it was watched by 38.55 million households, or forty-six percent, with a Neilsen share of sixty-two percent. See more »
Goofs When the missiles are being launched from the Kansas base, there are mountains in the background. There are no mountains in Kansas. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Two-Minute Warning (1976). See more »
Quotes [intercontinental ballistic missiles are being fired]
Cynthia: What's going on?
Joe Huxley: Those are Minuteman missiles!
Cynthia: Like a test, sort of... like a warning?
Joe Huxley: [shakes his head, staring at the missiles in awe and disbelief] They're on their way to Russia. They take about 30 minutes to reach their target.
Aldo: So do theirs, right?
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