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Testament shrugs off budget limitations to tell a powerful story that anchors nuclear paranoia in one family's harrowing ordeal. Read critic reviews

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It is just another day in the small town of Hamlin until something disastrous happens. Suddenly, news breaks that a series of nuclear warheads has been dropped along the Eastern Seaboard and, more locally, in California. As people begin coping with the devastating aftermath of the attacks -- many suffer radiation poisoning -- the Wetherly family tries to survive. Led by mom Carol (Jane Alexander), the clan tries to support each other even as they take in other stranded survivors.

Cast & Crew

Jane Alexander
Carol Wetherly
William Devane
Tom Wetherly
Roxana Zal
Mary Liz Wetherly
Rossie Harris
Brad Wetherly
Lukas Haas
Scottie Wetherly
Philip Anglim
Father Hollis Mann
Lilia Skala
Fania Morse
Leon Ames
Henry Abhart
Lurene Tuttle
Rosemary Abhart
Kevin Costner
Phil Pitkin
Mako
Mike
Lesley Woods
Lady Mayor
Wayne Heffley
Police Chief
David Nichols
Worried Man
Gary Bayer
Angry Man
Jonathan Bernstein
Producer
James Horner
Original Music
Steven Poster
Cinematographer
David Nichols
Production Design
Linda Pearl
Art Director
Julie Weiss
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Critic Reviews for Testament

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  • Apr 30, 2014
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    These people were incredibly stupid! They were just fartin' around their little town putting on kiddie plays and going to church, pretending shit's normal. They survived for MONTHS after the bombs. They didn't have to stay there and die off one by one. I know they were trying to make the movie as depressing as humanly possible, but it still didn't make much sense. Kevin Costner had the right idea: get the hell outta Dodge! Who knew he used to be Mr. Smartypants? The town didn't start getting sick for quite some time, and none of them had any rad burns, which lead me to believe that their food/water was contaminated. However, the scene where homegirl is rubbing her face in dirt screaming all kinds of nonsense, makes it seem like the soil was radioactive. Which I guess makes sense, since they were burying the bodies instead of burning them. Whatever though, they shoulda just booked it from the fallout instead of waiting for daddy to come home.
    Stevie S Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2008
    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. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=testament-2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/testament-2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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