Review of The Day After (1983)

Moving picture, 127 minutes

Seen in 2015.

Full-scale nuclear exchange between the NATO powers and the Warsaw Pact in the contemporary Cold War.

A handful of scenes are chilling, particularly the Oakes’ incredulity (“1962 all over again”), the poor public preparation for the US launch (“Like a test, sort of... like a warning?”), and Denise Dahlberg’s mad run through the ashes of her farm. However, in practically every aspect, Threads (1984) is the better and more realistic film.

moving picture fiction