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DEFCON-4 (1985)

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Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one... See full summary »

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Paul Donovan, Digby Cook (as Digby C. Cook) | 1 more credit »

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Paul Donovan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenore Zann ... J.J.
Maury Chaykin ... Vinny
Kate Lynch ... Jordan
Kevin King Kevin King ... Gideon Hayes
John Walsch John Walsch ... Walker
Tim Choate ... Howe
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ... Lacey
Donna King Donna King ... Alice
Alan MacGillivray Alan MacGillivray ... Boomer (as Allan MacGillivray)
Florence Paterson Florence Paterson ... Mrs. Boyd
Karen Kennedy Karen Kennedy ... WWN Newscaster (as Karen Kenedy)
Ken Ryan Ken Ryan ... Newscaster
Geoff Harrington Geoff Harrington ... Vicious Trooper
Al Foster Al Foster ... Oldster
Hugh Orr Hugh Orr ... Squad Leader
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Storyline

Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one man gets killed by survivors and the other man gets caught. The woman stays by the remains of the the satellite but is soon caught by evil punks who have taken power. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

The last defense. The last hope. The battle for the future of the world has begun.

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Condição de Defesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,904, 17 March 1985

Gross USA:

$1,057,064

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,057,064
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dr, Eve Jordan appears to be a civilian as unlike the other crew she is never referred to by a military style rank. See more »

Goofs

The coordinates for the uncontaminated survival station, 62.17.20N 19.02.40E, are actually in the Gulf Of Bothnia between Sweden and Finland and there is no land mass there. See more »

Quotes

Vinny: What kind of areolas does she have? Pink, brown, or red?
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Crazy Credits

[Prologue title after credits] It is the day after tomorrow. The ultimate nuclear defense system has been perfected. Security has been achieved. Global conflict is now unthinkable. See more »

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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Louis Lambert (as Patrick Gilmore)
Traditional melody
Performed by Lenore Zann and Florence Paterson
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"Come on, come on. Let's go!"
10 April 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

This low-cost Canadian produced presentation is reasonably ordinary, but for its type not as terrible as it's made out to be. This is one of those films that the cover artwork always made it look quite interesting, but the synopsis on the back had less of an affect. A friend of mine convinced me to watch it, after the first half-hour I could see why because the story does such a great job setting up the highly-charged, innovative predicament (three astronauts in space watch on as world war three erupts with nuclear attacks on Earth) to only lose its way when a couple months later they crash-land back on earth then it becomes a very vanilla-like post-apocalyptic Sci-fi wasteland survival outing (of the very cheap, rancid b-grade kind) with some very unbelievably trite villains that come off more as joke than anything truly threatening. The head honcho played by Kevin King seemed more suited in a "Save by the Bell" episode, than as a ruthlessly imposing leader. At times I was waiting for cued laughter from an audience whenever he was on screen, as he came off more so a brat. Just as poor was Tim Choate in the leading role. Well more so eccentrically annoying. I found the support to be much better; Kate Lynch, Lenore Zann (running around in a school uniform), Maury Chaykin and John Walsch. The opening first half-hour is very well pulled off; with some striking visuals, solid set-designs and usefully gripping details. You could see where all the money went in to, but that could probably explain its weakly conceived abrupt ending. Maybe that had run out. Anyhow during its grounded action, it does create some nasty touches, edgy activity and cement an ugly intensity. Too bad it just too daft (simply lacking the colourful craziness) and at times incoherent. The story is straight-forward, although the script is flimsy and too black and white to make it completely fulfilling. Minimally junky and grim, if particularly plain post-nuke entertainment.


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