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2/3 The Day After | 1983 Nuclear War Movie

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A 30-minute rework of the 1983 nuclear war film The Day After focused on the documentary aspect of the movie.

The Day After is an American-made-for-TV movie first broadcast on the ABC television network in 1983. More than 100 million people, in nearly 39 million households, watched the initial broadcast. The film hugely impacted US audiences and aired on Soviet state TV in 1987. The Day After is often credited with helping to usher in a period of nuclear arms reduction treaties in the late 1980s and was ranked the highest-rated television film until 2009.

The Day After depicts a scenario of rising tensions along the East-West border of a divided Germany during the latter phase of the Cold War. Relations between NATO and Russia rapidly deteriorate as events spiral out of control leading to armed conflict and nuclear war. The film focuses on Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri where several family farms sit close to nuclear missile silos. The Day After documents the actual state of nuclear readiness maintained by the US and Russia. Both nations maintain a nuclear triad in constant readiness for thermonuclear war.

The Day After was first conceived by ABC Motion Picture Division president Brandon Stoddard who came up with the idea after watching The China Syndrome. Veteran television writer Edward Hume undertook a massive amount of research on the likely effects of nuclear war and went to work on a script in 1981. Due to the graphic content of the subject matter, however, several drafts were rejected by the network until the characters and plot finally seemed acceptable for a family audience. Most of the actors in The Day After were Kansas City residents recruited from local shopping malls.

Director Nicholas Meyer had just completed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and wanted to create a film that accurately portrayed the consequences of nuclear war. After wrangling with the US Department of Defence and the ABC censors, Meyer released a compromise version of The Day After for primetime TV screens. According to the message at the end of the film:

‘The catastrophic events you have just witnessed are, in all likelihood, less severe than the destruction that would occur in the event of a full-scale 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 the fateful day.’

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95 Comments

  1. Leave it to mankind to come up with ways to destroy himself!

  2. I remember sitting at the dinner table during the Cuban Missle crisis and my dad wondering if we were gonna be around tomorrow. That feeling never left me. Still hasn't.

  3. And yet now, with Russia invading Ukraine, there are no warnings or public information films at all. 🤔

  4. When I saw this movie "The Day After" in 1983 or 84 as a kid from Warsaw, Poland, I didn't sleep for two nights in a row, I was shaking with fear, because it was the period of the Cold War, when we were threatened with nuclear war, and when I heard a high-flying passenger plane, I wondered if it was a missile coming that would burn me to death. This movie traumatized me for years.

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    Gdy obejrzałem ten film "The Day After" w 1983 lub 84 roku jako dzieciak z Warszawy w Polsce, to 2 noce z rzędu nie spałem tylko trząsłem się ze strachu, bo był to okres Zimnej Wojny, gdy straszono Nas wojną atomową, i gdy słyszałem wysoko lecący samolot pasażerski, zastanaviałem się, czy to leci pocisk, który spopieli mnie. Ten film wywołał we mnie traumę na lata.

  5. Ждём… уже 40 лет ждём. И мы и ,,они"…

  6. Movie is hard to watch… Even harder to believe it could still happen

  7. The pictures are not real. How come nothing happened to the camera's.

  8. Nuclear Weapons should be banned! All the world 😔

  9. To want to destroy the world is very scary Who in their right mind would want to do that

  10. I remember the number NIKE sites. There was one not very far from me. I even visited one with a tech school class years ago. Everyone was friendly and congenial, but the reality message remained clear.

  11. The real thing would be much much worse than this.

  12. The Hydrogen Bomb is literally 1,000 times more explosive than the A-Bomb. It would be much worse than what you are seeing here. Check out the movie Testament. A total gut wrenching movie, but extremely powerful.

  13. Maby stupid question but did the nukes explode in the sky or on the ground? i never seen the rockets fall down only see a flash in the sky and then a big hit on the ground with a mushroom cloud above

  14. "… either way, we're going to get hit." That's pretty much the sum of the hope left in this situation. None.

  15. Yes, if it ever happens then they will for ever wish they had not..

    Turn those keys and you kill everything, because you were told to, because your are a zombie..

  16. They should show this to President Putin..

  17. Any intelligent living being would have stopped building nukes after Japan..

  18. Somebody should send this to Putin and Joe Biden. I'm thinking that they might need a refresher course.

  19. The livestock getting nuke x-rayed was edited out of this scene.

  20. This ain't far off! With the likes of Putin and Trump. It's a surefire thing.

  21. Today the US/NATO is using Ukraine to fight a nuclear armed Russia. The Russians never shut down their fallout shelters since the Cold War ended. The US sold theirs off.

  22. I still wonder whether the EMPs would actually disable cars, not that it would matter much anyway.

  23. Well crap. There goes my property value and my 401k.

  24. They would not have missile sites that close to cities! They are miles away from any city. On the plane he mentions Beale AFB?? That base was not in SAC and is currently flying drones.

  25. That SAC site those guys drive up into in a pickup would have had a Dodge truck instead of a Ford.

  26. trump will be busy sucking off putin to even notice let alone care, lol.

  27. People is running on. Why ? I 'll stay where i'll be knowing that it's the final time crying about our beautiful planet, people, animals😢

  28. Somehow we need to show this to everyone again. We have so many damn idiots in our government and talking head experts who are trying to push the theory that nuclear war is winnable. They are pushing for this to happen for some insane reason. They want society to believe that it wouldnt be as bad as it seems. We grew up knowing otherwise, that it virtually will mean the end of the world. Young people today seem to barely know anything about it. They need to learn what we are facing.

  29. Great film,very real,It is very well done and the argument is realistic,it does not appeal to cheap jingoism.Neither the Russians nor the Americans are good or bad,there are only victims who are innocent people.

  30. 40 years later. And things haven't changed. Maybe we are doomed to this fate. We look towards the moon and Mars as possible salvation. But if we can't have peace with our own kind from another country, let alone our neighbors, how will we be towards "Moonlings" or "Martians"? Because they won't be Earthings. We probably won't even call them human. Instead of fighting amongst land, we'll be battling against planets. And if you don't believe me, look at what's going on now in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Even our own country, the US. Politicians are tearing us apart.

  31. Strangely comical 😂 especially when the water fountain switched off

  32. Вашингтонским деятелям не плохо было бы пересмотреть этот фильм.✌️🇷🇺

  33. it can happen today ' just more worse''' than the movie'''''''''''''

  34. There is no way to be prepared for nuclear war. It doesn't matter where you live, what resources you have, or what skills you know. You can't live in a world that's been turned poisonous and is full of shambling zombies waiting to die.

  35. Zechariah 5:1,3-4
    [1]Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
    [3]Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
    [4]I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

  36. Zechariah 5:1,3-4
    [1]Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
    [3]Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
    [4]I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

  37. And the earth died screaming. As I lay dreaming. Dreaming of you

  38. There's more chance of this happening now with the current batch of warmonger lunatics in DC than there ever was in the Cold War. God preserve us.

  39. When John Lithgow say; "That's Minuteman" he know, is the jugment day! 😔

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