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The Day After (1983)

The Day After




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A peaceful Midwestern city attempts to recover after it is destroyed by a nuclear missile strike. This powerful made-for-TV movie is a deeply disturbing testament to the folly of pro-military hawks who believed that annihilation was a justifiable means of attaining power and control.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Hume, Edward C. Hume
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2004
ABC Circle Films


Jason Robards
as Dr. Russell Oakes
John Cullum
as Jim Dahlberg
JoBeth Williams
as Nancy Bauer
John Lithgow
as Joe Huxley
Steve Guttenberg
as Stephen Klein
Bibi Besch
as Eve Dahlberg
Lori Lethin
as Denise Dahlberg
Amy Madigan
as Alison Ransom
Jeff East
as Bruce Gallatin
Georgann Johnson
as Helen Oakes
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Critic Reviews for The Day After

All Critics (6)

a classic, and important tv movie

January 19, 2008

[T]he most realistic depiction of nuclear war ever created for family consumption, they told us. No, scratch that: ABC hyped that, preying on our anxieties...

Full Review… | August 6, 2005
Flick Filosopher

An unforgettable and highly moving experience. I guarantee you - you won't forget it. * * * * stars

Full Review… | June 12, 2005

May 7, 2007

July 4, 2005

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Day After


Seven years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Cold War international tensions were still high, network television (remember network television?) hypothesized about what nuclear mano-e-mano could possibly look like for, say, an typically American flyover state housing a totally innocent missile silo or two ...
With esteemed national treasure Jason Robards leading the large cast through various scenarios, the hypothesis is pretty darn convincing. While not the technical CGI Christmas tree we've come to expect from film lately, and using old fashioned methodologies to involve the audience (plot development and acting, dammit, acting) what's achieved is a gripping narrative about the dormant volcano we've been complacently camped out under for so very long.
Decent. Saw it on YouTube.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A very scary, powerful, depressing movie. It makes me wish for a quick painless death in the event of nuclear war when it comes. For a TV movie, this has the best special effects you can find. It must have been hard to create the illusion of nuclear war. The cast has many stars, and not just TV stars, film stars. It's hard to watch, but worth it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This disaster nuclear classic, could be in some scenes boring, but The Day After still a shocking, provacative and moving, anti war masterpiece.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The Day After Quotes

Joe Huxley: This is Lawrence. This is Lawrence Kansas, is anybody there, anybody at all?
– Submitted by Jerry T (5 years ago)

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