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Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San Francisco. After the nuclear attack, contact with the outside world is pretty much cut off.
It happened in an instant. The televisions went blank, the radios
Release Date: November 04, 1983
Runtime: 90 mins
All Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: PG
Jane Alexander ...Carol Wetherly
William Devane ...Tom Wetherly
Rossie Harris ...Brad Wetherly (as Ross Harris)
Roxana Zal ...Mary Liz Wetherly
Lukas Haas ...Scottie Wetherly
Philip Anglim ...Father Hollis Mann
Lilia Skala ...Fania Morse
Leon Ames ...Henry Abhart
Lurene Tuttle ...Rosemary Abhart
Rebecca De Mornay ...Cathy Pitkin
Kevin Costner ...Phil Pitkin
Mico Olmos ...Larry
Gerry Murillo ...Hiroshi
J. Brennan Smith ...Billdocker
Lesley Woods ...Lady Mayor
Wayne Heffley ...Police Chief
William G. Schilling ...Pharmacist (as William Schilling)
David Nichols ...Worried Man
Gary Bayer ...Angry Man
Martin Rudy ...Dr. Jenson
Jamie Abbott ...Boy Mayor
Rocky Krakoff ...Pied Piper
Rachel Gudmundson ...Nancy
Keri Houlihan ...Lisa
Pauline Lomas ...Woman
Jesse Wayne ...Man in Line
Clete Roberts ...Newscaster
Lila Kedrova ...
Helen Kelly ...Woman in line
John Sacret young
"All My Loving"
"This Is It"
"Hello! My Rag Time Gal!"
More Movie Taglines:
- It happened in an instant. The televisions went blank, the radios
- silent. The cities were gone, the future abandoned. And the only thing they have left to hold onto, is the people they love.
- Testament...to a nuclear holocaust
- Imagine a day like any other. The children are fighting, the refrigerator is humming. Highways are jammed, playgrounds are filled. Everything is perfectly normal... For the very last time.
- Newscaster: This is San Francisco. We have lost our New York signal. Radar sources confirm the explosion of nuclear devices there, in New York, and up and down the East Coast. Ladies and gentlemen, this is real. This is... Emergency Broadcast System Announcer #1: [interrupting with a high-pitched tone] We interrupt this program at the request of the White House. This is a national emergency. This is an Emergency Action Notification. I repeat, we interrupt this program at the request of the White House. Do not use your telephone. Telephone lines should be kept open for official use. Important instructions will follow. Carol Wetherly: [telephone rings] Hello? Tom? Hello? Emergency Broadcast System Announcer #2: Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States. [the TV suddenly goes dark, a blinding flash appears outside the living room window, and air raid sirens begin to wail] Brad Wetherly: Mom? Mary Liz Wetherly: Mom? Carol Wetherly: Get away from that window! Scottie Wetherly: Mommy! Carol Wetherly: Get down on the floor. Get down! Mary Liz Wetherly: Was that Dad? Brad Wetherly: Is he in San Francisco? Scottie Wetherly: I'm scared! Carol Wetherly: I don't know. Put your heads down! Cover your eyes! Oh my God. My God.
Carol Wetherly: [crying] Who did this, God damn you!
Mary Liz Wetherly: [Remember] the morning I walked in on you and Dad? Carol Wetherly: Yes. Mary Liz Wetherly: What's it like? Carol Wetherly: What's what like? Mary Liz Wetherly: Making love. Don't play mother with me. Carol Wetherly: That's what I am.
Brad Wetherly: Doesn't radiation get into water? Carol Wetherly: Well, it can. Maybe it won't be so bad here. But we'd better be careful. Scottie Wetherly: What's "radation"? [pause] Mary Liz Wetherly: Here, have a banana. Scottie Wetherly: You never gave me one before. Mary Liz Wetherly: I did now. Carol Wetherly: There may not be any... more for a while.
Father Hollis Mann: I'm sorry I'm late. Let's begin. Carol Wetherly: Not yet! Father Hollis Mann: God said... Carol Wetherly: [hysterical] Forget God! No one is touching him! No one is burying him until I find his bear! Do you hear me? You understand? [Carol runs back to the house, pause] Father Hollis Mann: ...whosoever believeth in me shall never die.
- Flashback sequences were shot with a hand-held Super 8mm camera, to give the effect of a "home movie".
The film was originally shot as a made-for-TV movie. Paramount executives were so impressed with it that they released it in theaters as a feature. The cast sued the producers for higher pay, claiming they were paid television salaries and not feature film salaries. The case was settled out of court.
Final film of Lurene Tuttle.
The letterman's jacket that Kevin Costner wears in the movie is the one he earned by playing baseball at Villa Park High School.
Film debut of Lukas Haas.
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