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Buried in the Backyard (2005)

TV-PG | | Short | 20 February 2005 (USA)
A documentary about Americans who are actively engaged in preparations for nuclear attack. Journey into the interior of the country--into the bomb shelters that lie beneath us and into the minds that make them.


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Credited cast:
Steve Harris ... Himself
Sharon Packer ... Herself
Andre Rambaud ... Himself
Paul Seyfried ... Himself
Don Stokes ... Himself


Has the bomb shelter reached the American mainstream, or just a wider swath of the lunatic fringe? Buried in the Backyard is a documentary about people in the United States who are actively engaged in preparations for nuclear attack. Meet Andre, living alone in the mountains of New England, tending his campground, his public and private bomb shelters, and the ashes of his wife. And Steve, whose Michigan basement contains a plywood shelter shored up with several years' worth of food and water. And meet the hard core believers, like Utah Shelter Systems co-owners Sharon and Paul, who both keep several bomb shelters- including some in remote locations where they plan to escape from the human chaos when a nuclear war begins. But there are also the more average Americans, like Don and Barbara, whose suburban cement safe room is attached to a basement full of exercise equipment, a never-used pool table, and a year's worth of stored food and water. In Utah, the dirt mound that shields the ... Written by Sarah Prior

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Americans from across the country bunker down in this documentary about people building bomb shelters in the United States today.






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$6,500 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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FEAR - It's the American way!
5 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans are obsessed with personal security. Fear has driven so many Americans over the edge. Bunkers are being built, food is being stored, weapons are being stocked. Be aware of the "enemy" that wants to kill your family! This short film focuses on the several people that just don't believe this....they live it!

Great short film, I would like to see a feature length cut of it. I wasn't aware of this film until I randomly caught it on the Sundance Film Channel. I assume it played at several festivals, but I'm not sure.


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