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Massive Retaliation (1984)

Three families that are best friends head to their secret retreat when WW3 seems to be nearing. The adults arrive at the retreat and must endure the stress to come while the children are ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Bower ... Kirk Fredericks
Karlene Crockett Karlene Crockett ... Marianne Briscoe
Peter Donat ... Lee Briscoe
Marilyn Hassett ... Lois Fredericks
Susan O'Connell Susan O'Connell ... Jackie Tolliver
Michael Pritchard Michael Pritchard ... Harry Tolliver
Jason Gedrick ... Eric Briscoe
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Ernie Rust (as Bob Goldthwait)
Mimi Fariña Mimi Fariña ... Susie Barker (as Mimi Farina)
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ... Virgil Griffin
Christopher Burton Christopher Burton ... Carl Fredericks
Molly Cohen Molly Cohen ... Meghan Fredericks
Alex Drude Alex Drude ... Harry Tolliver Jr.
Doug Santana Doug Santana ... Peter Fredericks
Lisa Soloway Lisa Soloway ... Kimberly Briscoe
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Three families that are best friends head to their secret retreat when WW3 seems to be nearing. The adults arrive at the retreat and must endure the stress to come while the children are separated from the adults and have their own troubles along the way. This is a great story in the fact that many of these types of movies deal in violence while this one deals in the psychological aspect of the situation. Written by Nolan Price <noas4@earthlink.net>

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Days of Sunshine Past See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Film debut of Bob Goldthwait. See more »

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Near the end of the film the shadow of the boom mic can be seen as the girl is being taken from the van. See more »

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Dedicated to the memory of Philip Lilienthal and for Sally, Sarah, and Molly. See more »

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Children of Darkness
Written by Richard Farina
Performed by Mimi Fariña and Dewey Bunnell
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Nothing-little WWIII tripe.
24 May 2008 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

A group of survivalists hole-up in a backwoods cabin, braced for an impending nuclear attack. Meanwhile, their children are trying desperately to join them, facing car troubles along the way.

There are plenty of nuclear war films out there...put this one at the bottom of your "see list". This poorly written low-budget film strives for the same subdued bleakness that made TESTAMENT a powerful experience...the result is a dull soap opera of tawdry interpersonal dilemmas with a World War III back-story. With subject matter as serious as this, MASSIVE RETALIATION should be a rough punch in the gut...sadly, it just tickles your ass with a feather.

3.5/10 - not recommended.


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