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The Day After

TV Movie

Country: USA

Genre: Drama



In the mid-1980s, the inhabitants around Kansas City, Missouri continue their seemingly idyllic daily lives largely oblivious to events in faraway Germany where the superpowers are coming into conflict. Dr. Russell Oakes maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein is deep in his graduate studies. The population is largely unprepared when they witness US missiles being launched from their underground silos, and realise that they have at most a few minutes before a Soviet nuclear strike...


  • This television movie garnered an audience share of 62% of US households on its initial transmission in November 1983, being seen by around 100 million Americans, making it one of the highest rated television shows up to that time. It was also viewed by then President Ronald Reagan, who wrote in his diary that the film was "very effective and left me greatly depressed".
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  • Jason Robards
    (Dr. Russell Oakes)
  • JoBeth Williams
    (Nurse Nancy Bauer)
  • John Cullum
    (Jim Dahlberg)
  • Bibi Besch
    (Eve Dahlberg)
  • Lori Lethin
    (Denise Dahlberg)
  • Doug Scott
    (Danny Dahlberg)
  • Jeff East [ALUMNUS]
  • Steve Guttenberg
    (Stephen Klein)
  • Antonie Becker
    (Ellen Hendry)
  • John Gronbeck-Tedesco
    (Kenny Hendry)
  • Angela Soper
    (Sarah Hendry)
  • Terry M. Moore
    (Dead Boy by Statue - uncredited)

BoyActors Reviews

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This was at that point in the 1980's one of only a few movies that where there. I had nightmares for weeks after seeing this movie.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 9 / 10
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Worthy and well-intentioned, if sanitised, depiction of nuclear holocaust, the film is too much like a glossy, Hollywood-style 'disaster movie', with stagey, stylised and prettified scenes. It really suffers in comparison with the British movie "Threads" (1984), which completely blows this film out of the water.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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