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The Day After

The Day After (1983)

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Release Date: Nov 20, 1983 Wide

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A peaceful Midwestern city attempts to recover after it is destroyed by a nuclear missile strike in this powerful and deeply disturbing testament to the folly of pro-military hawks who believed that annihilation was a justifiable means of attaining power and control. The Day After originally aired on network television. At the end of the broadcast, many stations offered teams of counselors staffing 800 telephone numbers to help distraught viewers calm down. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

May 18, 2004

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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...

August 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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An unforgettable and highly moving experience. I guarantee you - you won't forget it. * * * * stars

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Mediasharx

Audience Reviews for The Day After

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.
December 6, 2012
ajv2688

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This disaster nuclear classic, could be in some scenes boring, but The Day After still a shocking, provacative and moving, anti war masterpiece.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Focusing on the stories of Middle-American families in the aftermath of a Nuclear attack, this film follows a long heritage of films depicting the effects of Nuclear Fallout.

Sadly, this one isn't terribly good, especially if one has seen earlier treatment of the same material (The War Game, for example). Far too often one is reminded that this is a made-for-TV movie. The film is made as if the only way to make someone learn about Nuclear Fallout is to pander: there is a vast cast of characters, each with their own melodrama, so everyone can relate so something... which ends up making its 2 long hours a foggy mess.

Still, a few moments manage to be actual cinema, especially a moment where, with Russian missiles incoming, a mother refuses to stop making her bed, and has to be dragged screaming into the basement/family bomb shelter.

Despite some shocking and honest treatment of material, this film still plays more as melodrama than as a social commentary.
October 24, 2007
dhetteix

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    1. Joe Huxley: This is Lawrence. This is Lawrence Kansas, is anybody there, anybody at all?
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