Testament (1983)

Testament (1983)




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Un pequeño pueblo californiano es destruído por una bomba nuclear, dejando a los sobvrevivientes en una constante lucha por aceptar la realidad y seguir adelante. Jane Alexander, William Davene, Ross Harris.
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Jane Alexander
as Carol Wetherly
William Devane
as Tom Wetherly
Ross Harris
as Brad Wetherly
Roxana Zal
as Mary Liz Wetherly
Lukas Haas
as Scottie Wetherly
Philip Anglim
as Hollis
Lilia Skala
as Fania
Leon Ames
as Henry Abhart
Lurene Tuttle
as Rosemary Abhart
Rebecca De Mornay
as Cathy Pitkin
Kevin Costner
as Phil Pitkin
as Mike
Mico Olmos
as Larry
Gerry Murillo
as Hiroshi
J. Brennan Smith
as Billdocker
Lesley Woods
as Lady Mayor
Wayne Heffley
as Police Chief
David Nichols
as Worried Man
Gary Bayer
as Angry Man
Martin Rudy
as Dr. Jenson
Jamie Abbott
as Boy Mayor
Rocky Krakoff
as Pied Piper
Clete Roberts
as Newscaster
Jesse Wayne
as Man in Line
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Critic Reviews for Testament

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | April 26, 2008
Goatdog's Movies

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

Full Review… | August 6, 2005
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.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2003

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June 12, 2005

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Testament


What I learned from Testament is that the state of civil defense in the US is woefully unprepared for any kind of severe prolonged crisis. The department of Homeland security wants today's citizens to be the ones who take responsibility for their own safety. Testament shows the complete fallacy and ludicrousness of such a policy. How much canned food can someone possibly store in their basements? And when will the crisis occur and canned foods have shelf life too? Is it possible to store enough food for a prolonged crisis in today's modern world? After watching Testament, I am convinced that the department of homeland security's policies are unsound and there is nothing individuals can do to sustain their lives in today's world without organized governmental help. It's been proved again and again during Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, yet the government ignores today's realities. The nice part about this movie is that it shows society can breakdown to complete failure even if there is no violence by the population affected by the crisis.

Naomi Gonzalostein
Naomi Gonzalostein

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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I think it was US who was most likely to launch a nuclear atack with the religious right in full power in 1983. Although I imagine Reagan wasn't quite as "close" to God as Bush was. Whereas Marxism, believes in historical determinism, it is materialistic in essence, so if all human life gets wiped out, there would be no chance for communism to develop. While Christian Right is metaphysical in nature. And, you know, "immortal soul" cannot be touched by radiation fallout. And even if every last human "leaves out this world", there is there a better world for believers. For that reason, there is a scene where the mother is angry with God. I believe she is angry with people who took the risks of destroying this world (in the hopes of eradicating the "evil empire"), knowing there is a better one out there. We are lucky that Gorbachev was such a pushover. Had it been somebody as cavalier in the power of USSR as Reagan was, we would totally see a nuclear cataclysm, with US striking first.

Serge C.
Serge C.

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