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Radioactive Dreams (1985)

After a nuclear war, Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent fifteen years on their own in a bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, nineteen-years-old,... See full summary »


Albert Pyun (as Albert F. Pyun)


Albert Pyun (as Albert F. Pyun)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stockwell ... Phillip Chandler
Michael Dudikoff ... Marlowe Hammer
Michele Little ... Rusty Mars
Lisa Blount ... Miles Archer
Don Murray ... Dash Hammer
George Kennedy ... Spade Chandler
Norbert Weisser ... Sternwood
Christian Andrews Christian Andrews ... Brick Bardo
Paul Keller Galan Paul Keller Galan ... Chester (as P.K. Galán)
Demian Slade ... Harold
Hilary Shepard ... Biker Leader (as Hilary Shapiro)
Sue Saad Sue Saad ... Punk District Singer
Kimberly McKillip Kimberly McKillip ... Sadie - Hippie Chick
Gulcin Gilbert Gulcin Gilbert ... Greaser Chick (as Gulshin Gilbert)
Mark Brown Mark Brown ... Greaser


After a nuclear war, Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent fifteen years on their own in a bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, nineteen-years-old, they leave their shelter to find a world full of mutants, freaks, and cannibals. They become famous detectives in the struggle for the two keys that could fire the last nuclear weapon. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They dreamed of one world... and held the key to save another! See more »


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Did You Know?


This movie marks the first appearance of the name "Brick Bardo" in an Albert Pyun movie. It has, so far, appeared in seven of his movies. See more »


Dash Hammer: What a dirty dealing world we live in. That rat, trying to double-cross us before we double-crossed him!
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese laserdisc is an alternate cut of the film in many ways. Being 10 minutes longer, the film focuses less on finding their fathers (while having an adventure) but more on the adventure itself and finding women. With more narrations by Phillip, this is more of an adventure-noir film. The film has many different and alternate scenes including the death of Rusty, the removal of the sewer monster, less of the Disco Punks and alternate ending. See more »


Spoofs The Road Warrior (1981) See more »


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Post-Apocalypse meets Film Noir.... very strange
29 July 2000 | by A-Ron-2See all my reviews

I have been a sort-of fan of this film for a long time, as it was an attempt (no matter how misdirected) to like two of my favorite genres of film. This is a strange movie, but about as good as it could have been, given the budget. However, I must warn any potential viewers that you MUST be prepared to suspend a significant amount of disbelief...

The ultimate problem is that it cannot seem to decide if it is a comedy, or more serious film. It begins with sort of a comedic premise, it works well as a strange sort of slapstick comedy (with Michael 'American Ninja' Dudikoff turning a surprisingly good performance). It is two kids who were locked in a fall-out shelter by their 'fathers' the day of the nuclear war. All they are left with is pulp detective books and so they model themselves on the characters therein. They then enter the world after the bomb and thier innocence is confronted by a series of unpleasant challenges and betrayals (some that are surprisingly un-funny, but not bad). They then become 'real' film noir style, jaded anti-heroes and confront the baddies.

Then the film ends in a dance number...

OK, it's wierd, but I honestly believe that anyone who has an appreciation for strange film will really enjoy this movie. It is cute and kind of innocent and relatively entertaining. It is worth at least a watch.

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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Radioactive Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$141,055, 21 September 1986

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2.35 : 1
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