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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.

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Ray Milland

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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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'A'-Day... When Civilization Came To An End! See more »


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Country:

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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released in 1965 as "The End of the World" but only appeared as such in a few theaters, mostly in the Los Angeles area (Source: The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures). Was released under the original title thereafter. See more »

Goofs

At the dinner table in the cave: Harry (Ray Milland) says grace, then continues with a discussion on how the family is to maintain some form of normal routine during the aftermath of the nuclear attack. Different camera angles show his hands and arms alternately being on the table, then under the table on his lap, then on the table - without him having moved at all. See more »

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[first lines]
Ann Baldwin: Thanks for the help.
Harry Baldwin: Oh, I'm sorry, Ann... Sorry.
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An honest look at a post-nuclear holocaust
29 July 2000 | by dcorr123See all my reviews

A family struggles to survive the anarchy in a world devastated by nuclear war. This is a believable story by the standards of the time it was produced; the possibility of a nuclear winter had not yet been considered. There are no bands of mutants roaming around eating the survivors, just ordinary criminal types. Yes, I'm afraid that circumstances like that do bring such people out of the woodworks. Ray Milland's character makes intelligent, and sometimes hard, decisions to ensure his family's survival.


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