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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Carol Wetherly
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Tom Wetherly
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Brad Wetherly (as Ross Harris)
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Mary Liz Wetherly
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Scottie Wetherly
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Hollis
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Fania
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Henry Abhart
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Rosemary Abhart
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Cathy Pitkin
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Phil Pitkin
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Mike
Mico Olmos ...
Larry
Gerry Murillo ...
Hiroshi
J. Brennan Smith ...
Billdocker
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Lady Mayor
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Police Chief
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Pharmacist (as William Schilling)
David Nichols ...
Worried Man
Gary Bayer ...
Angry Man
Martin Rudy ...
Dr. Jenson
Jamie Abbott ...
Boy Mayor
Rocky Krakoff ...
Pied Piper
Rachel Gudmundson ...
Nancy
Keri Houlihan ...
Lisa
Pauline Lomas ...
Woman
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Man in Line
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Newscaster
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Helen Kelly ...
Woman in Line (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lynne Littman

Written by

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Carol Amen ... (based on the story "The Last Testament" by)
 
John Sacret Young ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Andrea Asimow ... associate producer
Jonathan Bernstein ... producer
Lynne Littman ... producer

Music by

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James Horner ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Steven Poster ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Suzanne Pettit

Editorial Department

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Cheryl Bloch ... assistant editor
Susanne Gervay ... negative cutter
Lynn Goodhall ... apprentice editor (as Lynn Goodhill)
Arthur Tostado ... color timer (as Art Tostado)

Casting By

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Margery Simkin ... (casting)

Production Design by

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David Nichols

Art Direction by

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Linda Pearl

Set Decoration by

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Waldemar Kalinowski ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Julie Weiss

Makeup Department

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Marilyn Poucher ... hair
Tonya Blackmore Wexler ... makeup artist (as Tonya Wexler)

Production Management

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Peter Cornberg ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Peter Bogart ... first assistant director
Richard Graves ... second assistant director
William Hassell ... first assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton ... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)

Art Department

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Cynthia Carr ... assistant props
Cheryl Cutler ... assistant art director
George Goode ... illustrator
Waldemar Kalinowski ... construction coordinator
Gregory Mabry ... swing gang
Kevin McDermott ... swing gang
Robin L. Miller ... property master (as Robin Miller)
Steve Olson ... swing gang
Melody Ramirez ... swing gang
Eric Zimmerman ... swing gang

Sound Department

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Gary Alexander ... re-recording
Lee Alexander ... sound mixer
Douglas B. Arnold ... boom operator (as Doug Arnold)
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording
Roberta Doheny ... sound effects
Lars Nelson ... sound effects
Larry Stensvold ... re-recording

Special Effects by

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Chuck E. Stewart ... special effects (as Chuck Stewart)

Stunts

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Jesse Wayne ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Herb Ault ... grip
James R. Bagdonas ... additional first assistant camera (as James Bagdonas)
Ray Boyle ... gaffer
Martin Conn ... consultant: Lightflex
Rick Cutler ... grip
Michael S. Endler ... second assistant camera (as Michael Endler)
Michael E. Gips ... electrician (as Michael Gips)
Melinda Sue Gordon ... still photographer
John Koester ... camera operator
Michael E. Matteson ... key grip (as Michael Matteson)
Charles Minsky ... additional photography
William Moffitt ... additional operator
Frank Montoya ... best boy
John Page ... best boy
Norman Parker ... first assistant camera
Allen Smith ... grip (as Al Smith)
Roger Tonry ... electrician
Joseph A. Unsinn ... vtr operator (as Joe Unsinn III)

Casting Department

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Susie Johnson ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Csilla Márki ... costumer: women's (as Csilla Marki)
John Sowle ... costumer: men's

Location Management

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Nancy Zearfoss ... location manager

Music Department

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Shawn Murphy ... music recording engineer
William Saracino ... music editor
Joel Sill ... music supervisor
Larry Bunker ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Harvey Cohen ... music copyist (uncredited)
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited)
Eric Stonerook ... copyist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Bill Nuss ... driver: camera car

Other crew

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Laura Blumenthal ... production assistant
Becky Butler ... production assistant
George Cooper ... standin
Laurie Gilbert ... production assistant
John Kaufman ... production assistant
Pauline Lomas ... standin
Jay May ... production assistant
Mark Mentzer ... production assistant
Maggie Mills ... production assistant
Lyle Ann Morris ... standin (as Lyle Morris)
Barbara Myerhoff ... project consultant
Gladys Nelson ... labor representative / teacher
Sarah Olson ... production assistant
Guy Pohlman ... production assistant
Jenise Rogers ... production accountant
C.D. Tiger ... script supervisor
Cassandra Wilson ... production office coordinator

Thanks

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Stuart Benjamin ... special thanks
Ben Bennett ... special thanks
Teresa Carr ... special thanks
Norman Fleishman ... special thanks
Robert Goldstein ... special thanks (as Robert Goldston)
Timothy J. Hayes ... special thanks
Jean Hill ... special thanks
Robert Knudson ... special thanks (as Buzz Knudsen)
Lindsay Law ... special thanks
Leslie Linder ... special thanks
Geralyn Miller ... special thanks
Rita Riggs ... special thanks
Heather Sheets ... special thanks
Truman Van Dyke ... special thanks
Jerry Vernig ... special thanks
Ron Ward ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San Francisco. After the nuclear attack, contact with the outside world is pretty much cut off. Written by Mark Logan

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Taglines It happened in an instant. The televisions went blank, the radios - silent. The cities were gone, the future abandoned. And the only thing they have left to hold onto, is the people they love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le dernier testament (France)
  • Das letzte Testament (Germany)
  • Testamento final (Spain)
  • Viimeinen testamentti (Finland)
  • Testamento (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 90 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $317,996, 06 Nov 1983

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was originally shot as a made-for-TV movie. Paramount executives were so impressed with it that they released it in theaters as a feature. The cast sued the producers for higher pay, claiming they were paid television salaries and not feature film salaries. The case was settled out of court. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Crix Pick Prez Flix (1993). See more »
Soundtracks All My Loving See more »
Quotes Mary Liz Wetherly: [Remember] the morning I walked in on you and Dad?
Carol Wetherly: Yes.
Mary Liz Wetherly: What's it like?
Carol Wetherly: What's what like?
Mary Liz Wetherly: Making love. Don't play mother with me.
Carol Wetherly: That's what I am.
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