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.


Critic Reviews for The Day After

All Critics (6) | Fresh (6)

Audience Reviews for The Day After

  • Aug 17, 2014
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    Starts off really interesting, but has so many characters that it was hard to follow. A lot of the characters' storylines are unresolved by the end of the film, and they aren't developed well enough for the viewer to care what happens to them.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    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
  • Jul 28, 2012
    This disaster nuclear classic, could be in some scenes boring, but The Day After still a shocking, provacative and moving, anti war masterpiece.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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