The Day After (1983)

TV Movie   |  TV-PG   |    |  Drama, Sci-Fi


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The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.


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22 November 2004 | braceyws
Best Attempt to Portray a Nuclear War I've seen
I just finished watching this movie for the first time and had to give a comment. I was only 5 when this movie came out and don't remember seeing it, but growing up next to a military base, the threat of a nuclear attack, although remote was in the back of our minds.

While this movie is not perfect (they should have had a couple less story lines going), this movie is the best attempt to show what was previously a very realistic scenario. While it's very toned down from what would actually happen after a nuclear attack, showing people out in the middle of nowhere trying to survive or just showing everyone die in a matter of a few days would not have had the same impact. This movie shows as graphically as could be shown on US network television a glimpse of the horror of nuclear war. The special effects and makeup are very good for a made for TV movie in 1983, impressive actually. The attack is shown is a very shocking and realistic manner (other than lessening the actual size of damage that would occur). The aftermath makes you realize that the lucky ones were those that were instantly vaporized. Although they don't show it, you realize that all of the characters that fought for so long against radition poisoning were not going to make it much longer. It shows many sides of human nature that would come to the surface under such circumstances and hints towards even worse ones that couldn't be shown. Although the cold war is behind us, these weapons are still around and there will come a time someone wants to use them. Everyone should see this movie to give them at least a small glimpse at why we can never allow that to happen.

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Trivia

Three other directors turned down the chance to helm the film before Nicholas Meyer accepted.


Quotes

Airman Billy McCoy: I know we have radiation sickness. But is there anything we can do about it?


Goofs

The scene from the SAC Airborne Command Post where information about the incoming Soviet attack is being relayed shows an Air Force officer reporting, "Missile Warning, this is Beale: confidence is high; I repeat, confidence is high." Previously, in the scene where the Missile Combat Crew was discussing the U.S. ICBM launch, one of the officers had mentioned that the Soviets had already hit "two of our radar warning stations...Beale Air Force Base in California and somewhere in England." Beale could not have been sending the data if it had already been taken out.


Crazy Credits

[After movie has ended, before end credits.] The catastrophic events you have just witnessed are, in all likelihood, less severe than the destruction that would actually occur in the event of a full nuclear strike against the United States. It is hoped that the images of this film will inspire the nations of this earth, their peoples, and leaders to find the means to avert that fateful day.


Alternate Versions

The Brazilian (South American) version is re-edited. Most of the military stock footage is removed, while many of the other scenes are extended. This version is more intense with added scenes of burn and radiation sickness victims.


Soundtracks

Music from 'The River'
by
Virgil Thomson
Arranged by David Raksin (uncredited)

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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