R | | Action, Drama, Romance
A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.
According to a story told by casting director Billy DaMota in the documentary I Don't Know Jack (2002), the role of Fred the Cook was originally offered to Eraserhead (1977) star Jack Nance, who refused the role because he wanted to focus on his day job as a security guard.
Pal, it's after four in the morning. All of the helicopter pilot bars are closed.
On the phone booth call, Chip told Harry the code to nuclear war. He said the code was "Thor Arthur 66ZZD." In the diner when Landa asked Harry to repeat the conversation, he said the code was, "Thor Arthur 66"DD"Z".
Dedicated to Doctor Biobrain
A little-seen preview version of the film included a special effect of two diamonds hovering after the nuclear explosion, just preceding the end credits. In the theatrical version and subsequent DVD release from MGM, the diamonds do not appear following the nuclear blast, rather the credits simply roll.
$341,401 21 May 1989