Panic in Year Zero! (End of the World) (1962)
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as Harry Baldwin
as Ann Baldwin
as Rick Baldwin
as Marilyn Hayes
as Karen Baldwin
as Mr. Johnson
as Dr. Strong
as Evacuee From Newhall
as Mrs. Johnson
Critic Reviews for Panic in Year Zero! (End of the World)
A solid "B" flick, and its depiction of humanity post-apocalypse is startling in its harshness.
Mais um fruto da paranóia coletiva gerada pela Guerra Fria, o filme conta com algumas boas idéias, mas é esquemático demais para aproveitá-las a contento.
A silly atomic war story with the prerequisite AIP juvenile delinquents and cheap look.
Intriguing low-budget opus that now seems like a time-capsule of nuclear paranoia
The only thing that was hard to fully approve of in Panic in Year Zero!, was Milland's selfish philosophy for survival -- it was simply not a very human one.
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Audience Reviews for Panic in Year Zero! (End of the World)
Ray Milland directs and stars in this straightforward contemplation on the hysteria the fall of civilization might bring. Its a lean and muscular piece, and better than one might be inclined to think considering the source (American International).
This is a really good apocalyptic movie, with an interesting cast, and a good story. I'd really like to re-watch it, though, I can't remember it very well.
Did Ray Milland's B-movie epic "Panic in the Year Zero" serve as an inspiration for Cormic MaCarthy's "The Road"? I'm not sure. But I do know that just ten short years after starring in "Singin' in the Rain", the beautiful and talented Jean Hagen was reduced to playing Frankie Avalon's mother (and she was only 39 at the time- only in the movies could a 57-year old man be married to a 39-year old woman and have a 22-year old son together). A nice, California family wakes up at the crack of dawn, loads up the camping trailer, and heads out for a weekend fishing expedition. Some miles outside of Los Angeles, they hear sounds they hear sounds of thunder, but when they look back and see a mushroom cloud, they realize World War III has broken out. From then on, it's a race for survival as people become more desperate. Milland not only directs but stars as the Mad Max-ian survialist father, and Frankie Avalon plays a twerpy yet potentially homicidial teenager. The mother and daughter are almost reduced to decorative furniture (apart from an attempted rape scene) and really, the end of the world is no place for a lady anyway. It's at times a fairly dramatic and suspenseful movie and at others it delves down into the cheese, but that doesn't stop it from being entertaining none the less.
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