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The Survivalist (1987)

An atomic bomb falls in Siberia and the USA is blamed. Cold War panic turns to chaos, martial law is declared and the US Constitution suspended. Survivalist John Tillman must save his family from roaming gangs and a corrupt army unit.

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Sig Shore

Writers:

John V. Kraft (screenplay), John V. Kraft (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Railsback ... Jack Tillman
Sandra Lea Sandra Lea ... Sally Tillman
Tara Trimble Tara Trimble ... Kim Tillman
Jason Healey Jason Healey ... Danny Tillman
Cliff De Young ... Dr. Vincent Ryan
Susan Blakely ... Linda Ryan
Marjoe Gortner ... Lt. Youngman
Michael Flynn ... Co-Pilot
Richard Dayhuff Richard Dayhuff ... Col. Walker
David Wayne ... Dub Daniels
J. Kenneth Campbell ... President's Spokesman
Jeff Olsen Jeff Olsen ... Randy
Joy Curtis ... Dodie (as Joyce Schuyler)
Jack North Jack North ... Deputy 'Slim'
Denis William Denis William ... Deputy 'Grizzly'
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An atomic bomb falls in Siberia and the USA is blamed. Cold War panic turns to chaos, martial law is declared and the US Constitution suspended. Survivalist John Tillman must save his family from roaming gangs and a corrupt army unit.

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His country destroyed. His family killed...now they must face him.

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Tillman: The Survivalist See more »

Filming Locations:

Moab, Utah, USA

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Dolby

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Color
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This could only have been made in the Cold War 1980s
10 September 2013 | by udar55See all my reviews

Not to be confused with the pulp novel series. A small nuclear device is detonated in Siberia and sends the world into a cold war panic. Back in Texas, Jack Tillman (Steve Railsback), a sort of doomsdayer-lite, is fully prepared for the chaos erupting. He gets his family together to go save his son at a summer camp. But when his wife and daughter are killed by random roaming ruffians, he is forced to go on the run with his doctor friend Vincent (Cliff De Young) and his wife Linda (Susan Blakely). Of course, not before offending National Guard nut (and former 'Nam nemesis) Lt. Youngman (Marjoe Gortner), who decides the biggest priority in this worldwide panic is to kill the man who crushed his motorcycle with a backhoe. This is a film that seems like it could have only been made in the '80s. Director Sig Shore (producer of SUPERFLY) gets the most out of the barren locations, but ineptly handles the rioting masses (which seem to be about 12 people). The screenplay is credited to one John V. Kraft (amusingly, a copyright search finds a script from 1986 with that title credited to an equally pseudonym sounding Louis J. Mayo...mmmm, Kraft and Mayo) and it seems really confused as if Tillman is the hero. I assume they wanted this to be a FIRST BLOOD (1982) type flick, but Tillman is so mean to nearly everyone he meets that it is hard to like him. Railsback is his usually self and the supporting turns by De Young and Blakely are better than one would expect.


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