(out of 5)

1983 saw two films made about the dangers of nuclear power, and this exceptional work is by far the superior over Mike Nichols’s Silkwood.   is excellent as a California soccer mom whose world turns inside out when a nuclear power plant explodes and the country is ravaged entirely by radiation within a few minutes. Whereas before this her biggest worry was getting her kids off to school on time, she now has to wait and watch as they die one by one from the cancerous radiation that is everywhere around them and in their bodies. Without any special effects or pointed melodrama, this film tells a profound story in the most deceptively simple way. The true terror lies in how real it feels, and how very likely a scenario it is for our lives. This one’s right up there with The China Syndrome, and features early performances by  and .


USA, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the story The Last Testament by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Lynne Littman

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1983

Golden Globe Awards 1983

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