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Testament

Testament (1983)

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Director Lynne Littman has created an effective, understated portrayal of the cost of a nuclear war in human terms, in a film as far removed from the fake hyperbole of action and disaster movies as the natural world is from cartoons. Set in the small California town of Hamlin, the Wetherly family and their everyday concerns open the story. The trivia that fills their secure, ordinary existence disappears when a TV show is interrupted with the announcement that nuclear bombs have exploded in the

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Dec 7, 2004

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

The film is barely competent, revealing its TV-movie roots in uncertain directorial guidance, technical flubs, [and] a patchwork script.

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Testament's power comes in all the understatements...

August 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Powerful depiction of the psychological terror that grips a California community after New York and other cities in the East are destroyed by nuclear bombs.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film's emotional impact is draining and long lasting without showing close-ups of the initial blast with evaporating bodies and mass destruction.

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
ToxicUniverse.com

Audience Reviews for Testament

Very understated drama about the aftermath of a nuclear war. This film is the direct opposite of The Day After and has no flashy special effects, no explosions, scenes of mass devastation and so on. Instead the focus is on an American suburban family which has to contend with the inevitable effects of World War III.

Testament shows very effectively the possible reality of what would have happened to any small town in America if a nuclear attack had happened in the early eighties. Jane Alexander does a great job as the mother trying to keep her family together during the beginning of the end. I would recommend this movie for the serious movie watcher who is looking for more substance and drama from a movie rather than action and suspense. Remember to recycle your batteries.
March 14, 2009
DrBenway
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Testament is open forgotten about in the rather small canon on films that depict nuclear disaster and for good reason..it's good but it pales in comparison to the edgier Threads in capturing likely actions after a nuclear blast.
April 30, 2014
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