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Panic in Year Zero (1962)

Approved | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 July 1962 (USA)
A family leaves L.A. for a camping trip - just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As the city descends into chaos, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

Director:

Ray Milland

Writers:

Jay Simms (screenplay), John Morton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ray Milland ... Harry Baldwin
Jean Hagen ... Ann Baldwin
Frankie Avalon ... Rick Baldwin
Mary Mitchel ... Karen Baldwin
Joan Freeman ... Marilyn Hayes
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Ed Johnson - Hardware Store Owner
Richard Bakalyan ... Carl
Rex Holman ... Mickey
Neil Burstyn Neil Burstyn ... Andy (as Neil Nephew)
Willis Bouchey ... Dr. Powell Strong
O.Z. Whitehead ... Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
Russ Bender ... Harkness
Byron Morrow ... Evacuee from Newhall
Hugh Sanders ... Becker
Shary Marshall Shary Marshall ... Bobbie Johnson
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Storyline

While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an immense explosion and realise the awful truth; Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Mayhem and madness are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be its first casualties. Not one to give up, Harry doors things to make sure his family has a chance at surviving. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of cinemas earliest post-apocalyptic films, following the earlier released film, Five (1951). See more »

Goofs

Before he goes to help his father tear down the bridge, Rick (Frankie Avalon) removes his jacket and throws it onto the trunk lid of the car, where it is briefly visible. Rick then goes into the trailer to fetch a rope and a hatchet. Just a few seconds later, from a slightly longer camera shot, we see him exit the trailer, but now the jacket has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: Panic in Year Zero (1977) See more »

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SURPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE...AND FRANKIE AVALON CAN ACT!
15 July 1999 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

Los Angeles family vacation is interrupted by nuclear war. Now they must escape into the mountains to avoid the radiation, the panic, and the rapists.

Despite the insipid nuclear holocaust effects (looks more like a thunderstorm), this is a surprisingly effective movie. Milland elicits effective performances from each and every member of his cast (Frankie Avalon has never been better). The menace, humiliation and sheer terror of rape has never been more poignantly depicted on the screen, and all without nudity. A minor classic.


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