Ava Gardner: " He sent me down here. I think he did not know what to do with me."
Gregory Peck: "That is debatable"
A great post-apocalyptic scenarion set in Australia, depicting the various lifes of people involved with the disaster and how they cope with it and the time they have left. One thing that always struck me as weird, was how limited the number of nuclear craze movies Hollywood produced that were at least partially realistic and dialect. The cold war led to put out of hundreds of giant monster movies but only a handful of "serious" tackles of the topic.
This movie is a prime example, grim, gritty and throwing many questions at you. Gregory Peck is one of my favourite leading man in Hollywood (past era) and he agains proves me right in this picture. Ava Gardner clearly enjoys her first non-contract film work, while Anthony Perkins is as cringing to look at as ever.
The movie is very raunchy, with many drinking and sexual references, I would even go as far and not call them references at all. In one scene, Ava Gardner's characters ask Peck's character what he thinks about when he is at the dentist: "Do you think about the most beautiful thing ? Sex ?".
I give Stanley Kramer two thumbs up for this.Without spoiling the ending, it is refreshingly non-hollywood.
The only weak spot of the movie is, see above, Anthony Perkins and every scene containing him, which are unfortunately quite a few. He is a terrible actor and I had to fast forward his sequences, I could not take it.
All in all, an interestng movie which, despite its cast, direction and overall American feel, is a bit off-beat and quirky as well.