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Nightbreaker (1989)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 March 1989
Dr. Brown thinks back 30+ years, working as Army shrink in Nevada 1956, when US soldiers were exposed to A-bomb radiation.

Director:

Peter Markle

Writers:

Howard L. Rosenberg (story "Atomic Soldiers"), T.S. Cook
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Dr. Alexander Brown - Present
Emilio Estevez ... Dr. Alexander Brown - Past
Lea Thompson ... Sally Matthews
Melinda Dillon ... Paula Brown
Joe Pantoliano ... Sgt. Jack Russell
Paul Eiding ... Dr. Roscoe Cummings
Geoffrey Blake ... Python
James Marshall ... Barney Immerman
Lance Slaughter Lance Slaughter ... Bass
Ricky Dean Logan ... Roberto
Leonard Post Leonard Post ... Dick Nebrun
Nicholas Pryor ... Col. William Devereaux
Michael Laskin ... Dr. Hatch
Tom Bower ... Dan Cutler
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Vet #1
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Storyline

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb radiation in the Nevada desert-- will Brown help the man uncover the truth? In 1950's Nevada, Brown (played by Emilio Estevez) is a young psychiatrist and a guest of the U.S. Army, where soldiers were routinely exposed to excessive radiation. The young Brown and a colleague interview soldiers, who show their ignorance and insouciance in the face of this danger. The movie intercuts scenes between the young Alexander Brown and older Alexander Brown, some thirty years after the nuclear tests. Will the decorated psychiatrist finally speak out on the atrocity he witnessed? Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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How Close Can You Get To Hell?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Called "Advance to ground zero" in Australia See more »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Terrible and brilliant
21 May 2001 | by marimonSee all my reviews

It's a movie that goes strait to your heart.A brilliant movie about a terrible thing. I was 18 when I saw it. It frightened me, but I couldn't stop watching. When the movie was over I was stunned, I couldn't even think about going to sleep. It took me an hour to react and when I did I cried for about 30 min. My advise is that you should see this movie if you get the chance. Let us learn from the past so that it will never ever happen again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Advance to Ground Zero See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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