The Day After (1983)
as Dr. Russell Oakes
as Jim Dahlberg
as Nancy Bauer
as Joe Huxley
as Stephen Klein
as Eve Dahlberg
as Denise Dahlberg
as Alison Ransom
as Bruce Gallatin
as Helen Oakes
Critic Reviews for The Day After
A major event by any measure, this ABC production resonated far beyond the boob tube, with controversy swirling around its creation, content and broadcast.
[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...
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.
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.
This disaster nuclear classic, could be in some scenes boring, but The Day After still a shocking, provacative and moving, anti war masterpiece.