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D0295 THE DAY AFTER: JASON ROBARDS, JOBETH WILLIAMS, STEVE GUTTENBERG, JOHN LITHGOW

THE DAY AFTER: JASON ROBARDS, JOBETH WILLIAMS, STEVE GUTTENBERG, JOHN LITHGOW

ACTION Rating:PG Apocalypse... The end of the familiar... The beginning of the end. The starkly realistic drama of nuclear confrontation and its devastating effect on a group of average American citizens caused much controversy upon it’s initial U.S. TV in 1983. Previous films depicted the Nuclear weapons race as the domain of over zealous military staff and politicians, this film focuses firmly on the effects a devastating Nuclear holocaust would have on the average Joe. The story takes place in Lawrence, Kansas, the geographical near centre of the U.S. We are succinctly introduced to a cross-section of American life; a doctor (Jason Robards) , a graduate student (Steve Guttenberg) , a young bride-to-be (Lori Lethin), and an academic (John Lithgow) , before the Bomb destroys nearby Kansas City. The resulting destruction is entirely horrific, however a few manage to survive whilst struggling to come to terms with the inevitable collapse of society, not to mention the rising radiation levels. As a protest vehicle The Day After is a bleak look at the effects Nuclear war would have on humanity and is no less powerful, more than 20 years after it’s initial release. Trivia: * Immediately after the film's original broadcast in the U.S., a heated live discussion was held included were scientist Dr. Carl Sagan (an opponent of nuclear weapons) and Conservative writer William F. Buckley Jr. (who promoted the concept of "nuclear deterrence") Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, and George Shultz. This was the first time the term “nuclear winter" was introduced to the general populace. * The producers were unable to secure much co-operation from The US Department of Defence. The Department wanted the script to state the Soviets had started the war. Further the Dept. would not grant permission to use stock footage of mushroom clouds, hence the producers relied on 1980s special effects. * After watching the film, then President, Ronald Reagan sent suggestions to director Nicholas Meyer on how it should be edited * Reagan’s then mindset was possibly changed by the film , his memoirs reveal this, Meyer says. "When he signed the Intermediate Range Weapons Agreement at Reykjavik (in 1986) with Gorbachev, I got a telegram from his administration that said, ‘Don't think your movie didn't have any part of this, because it did.'" * Prior to commercial airing the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff viewed the film, Meyer recalls, "I had somebody I knew in the room who said, ‘If you thought they were going to snicker or pick it apart, you are mistaken. They sat there like they were turned to stone.'" * Nearly ½ of the adult population of the U.S. tuned in to watch this on ABC TV on November 20 1983 * Brandon Stoddard then president of ABC Motion Picture Division was the prime mover behind the scenes in getting The Day After produced, he had been impressed by the theatrical film The China Syndrome. * The political movement the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament decided to run recruitment drive advertisements during airing on the ITV network In Britain. * Director Nicholas Meyer consciously didn’t cast (then) well known actors (with the exception of Jason Robards - at the behest of studio executives) and used many locals from the town of Lawrence, in an effort to add to the prevailing sense of reality. * Of the approximately 80 speaking parts, only 15 were cast in Los Angeles. The remaining roles were filled in Lawrence. * Time magazine stated that "much of the power came from the quasi-documentary idea that nuclear destruction had been visited upon the real town of Lawrence, Kansas, rather than upon some back lot of Warner Brothers." * The Day After was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won 2. Approx. 121 mins

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