A peaceful Midwestern city attempts to recover after it is destroyed by a nuclear missile strike in this powerful and deeply disturbing testament to the folly of pro-military hawks who believed that annihilation was a justifiable means of attaining power and control. The Day After originally aired on network television. At the end of the broadcast, many stations offered teams of counselors staffing 800 telephone numbers to help distraught viewers calm down. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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I have heard and read other reviews and was planning on seeing an unrealistic movie of the end of the world. What I saw stuck me in a way I hadn't planned on. The special effects may have not been up-to-date and perhaps the acting was to be desired, but I thought the message was more profound than I had heard. It especially struck me since 9/11 when everyone said "it can't happen here not to us" such as said in the movie. Who could think such a horrific thing could happen in America? I think there was a deeper lesson to be learned from this movie than simply what is on the surface and maybe we are learning it. We are not immune to anything. Just because we think we are safe doesn't mean we are. Simplistic, but true.
If you are considering this movie as an action-packed disaster thriller, you will be disappointed. If you are expecting state of the art special effects, you will be disappointed (this was made 25 years ago for TV). If you are looking for polished acting by Hollywood A-list actors, you will be disappointed (this movied relied heavily on local talent). If you want a fairly realistic view of what life would be like after a nuclear holocaust, then this movie is worth your consideration. But don't expect happy endings.
Most every adult should watch this. Real Nukes are much bigger than what they show here. But never the less, the radiation, loss of eye site, lack of food and water is worth a look. I noticed that some ham-radio was used in hospitals as all phones were all out of use. Everyone should be watching this for usefull things, during any type of disaster! A firearm seemed usefull to protect yourself. Check this movie out!