Jane Alexander
Director: Lynne Littman Cast: Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
, William Devane
William Devane
, Rossie Harris
Rossie Harris
Lynne Littman




Director Lynne Littman has created an effective, understated portrayal of the cost of a nuclear war in human terms, in a film as far removed from the fake hyperbole of action and disaster movies as the natural world is from cartoons. Set in the small California town of Hamlin, the Wetherly family and their everyday concerns open the story. The trivia that fills their secure, ordinary existence disappears when a TV show is interrupted with the announcement that nuclear bombs have exploded in the major cities on the East Coast, and then the entire scene is erased in an increasingly white, blank movie screen -- meant to show that nuclear blasts have been detonated in California as well. Over 1000 people die in the first month from radiation sickness, but the mother in the Wetherly family (Jane Alexander) displays great inner strength as she cares for orphaned children the family has taken under its wing and goes on sustaining those that remain in her own family. At one point, she quietly conveys to her daughter the happiness of intimacy between two adults, knowing her daughter will not live to experience adult love. As these individuals and the children cope with day-to-day existence, there is never any intrusion of overt horrors, the focus remains on the individuals and the way in which they adjust to the inevitable.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2020
UPC: 0032429343895
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 27,556

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Alexander Carol Wetherly
William Devane Tom Wetherly
Rossie Harris Brad Wetherly
Roxana Zal Mary Liz Wetherly
Lukas Haas Scottie Wetherly
Philip Anglim Hollis
Lilia Skala Fania
Leon Ames Henry Abhart
Rebecca de Mornay Cathy Pitkin
Kevin Costner Phil Pitkin
Mako Mike
Mico Olmos Larry
Michael Gwynne Actor
Lila Kedrova Actor
Garry Murillo Hiroshi
Dave Nichols Worried Man
Brennan J. Smith Bildocker
Lurene Tuttle Rosemary Abhart
Lesley Woods Lady Mayor
Wayne Heffley Police Chief
William G. Schilling Pharmacist
Gary Bayer Angry Man
Martin Rudy Dr. Jenson
Jamie Abbott Boy Mayor
Rocky Krakoff Pied Piper
Keri Houlihan Lisa
Jesse Wayne Man in Line
Clete Roberts Newscaster

Technical Credits
Lynne Littman Director,Producer
Lee Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Bernstein Producer
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
William Hassell Asst. Director
James Horner Score Composer
Waldemar Kalinowski Set Decoration/Design
John Koester Camera Operator
David Nicholas Production Designer
David Nichols Production Designer
Linda Pearl Art Director
Suzanne Pettit Editor
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Margery Simkin Casting
Chuck Stewart Special Effects
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
John Sacret Young Screenwriter

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