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      Panic in Year Zero

      Released Jul 5, 1962 1h 35m Sci-Fi List
      67% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 63% Audience Score 500+ Ratings As the Baldwin family heads on vacation, their hometown of Los Angeles falls victim to a nuclear attack. Harry (Ray Milland), his wife, Ann (Jean Hagen), and their two teens head to their fishing retreat in the mountains, hoping to regroup and get more information. But they can't escape the frantic and irrational citizens, most of whom are dangerously deranged. Harry tries to stay calm during the nuclear-inspired end of days, but it's tempting to follow the masses' frenzied behavior. Read More Read Less

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      Matt Brunson Creative Loafing A solid "B" flick, and its depiction of humanity post-apocalypse is startling in its harshness. Rated: 3/4 May 7, 2016 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Mais um fruto da parania coletiva gerada pela Guerra Fria, o filme conta com algumas boas idias, mas esquemtico demais para aproveit-las a contento. Rated: 2/5 Mar 4, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 8, 2005 Full Review Andy Klein Los Angeles CityBeat Rated: 3/5 Jun 19, 2004 Full Review Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews Rated: 4/5 May 14, 2004 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Aug 22, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      David W A surprisingly effective depiction of how an average family in the 60's might react in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear strike on America. Ray Milland is excellent as always and a young Frankie Avalon gives one of his better performances. Nothing too gritty along say the lines of the much later Threads etc but still a memorable movie for its time. The very definition of a cult movie which sets out an early blueprint and clear set of 'rules' on how best to survive and not be caught unaware by your own naivety.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/24 Full Review Landon J Down to earth film of a family's apocalyptic scenario after a nuclear attack and society's breakdown. Pretty accurate I'd say. Interesting. Acting was decent, so its worth a watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/16/21 Full Review Audience Member Apparently, gender roles and patriarchy will be the one thing to survive a nuclear holocaust—though that doesn't explain the jarring jazz score and greaser gangs that muddle Milland's otherwise taut and fraught B-flick about a looming A-Day. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Good solid characters that reflect the era it was made in Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review delysid d Oh No! It's the End of the World! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/14/19 Full Review Audience Member A pretty decent post-apocalyptic film. Even for this type of B-movie sci-fier, it's a pretty minimalist flick, which doesn't use any mutant special effects or even a lot of blood. It relies much more in the thrills of the survival of the family, as well as human nature. And what makes this pic even more authentic is the fact that it was actually made during a period of high nuclear tensions. And director/star Ray Milland gives a good lead act. Overall, it's a surprisingly good film, and deserves more between three and three and a half stars. Recommended!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis As the Baldwin family heads on vacation, their hometown of Los Angeles falls victim to a nuclear attack. Harry (Ray Milland), his wife, Ann (Jean Hagen), and their two teens head to their fishing retreat in the mountains, hoping to regroup and get more information. But they can't escape the frantic and irrational citizens, most of whom are dangerously deranged. Harry tries to stay calm during the nuclear-inspired end of days, but it's tempting to follow the masses' frenzied behavior.
      Director
      Ray Milland
      Producer
      Lou Rusoff
      Screenwriter
      Jay Simms
      Production Co
      American International Pictures (AIP)
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 5, 1962, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 28, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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