The Day After

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The Day After (1983)

The Day After was an effective way of instilling a sense of both fear and respect for nuclear war into the minds of the American people. By portraying realistic doomsday scenarios that are played out in the lives of relatable families in a small city not unlike any other we would find in America, this film contextualizes the events prior to, during, and immediately after nuclear exchange between the United States and Russia was unleashed onto our own soil.

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Nuts and Bolts
The Day After was a film originally envisioned by Brandon Stoddard, president of ABC Motion Picture Division, who wanted to explore the effects of a nuclear exchange on United States soil. The script was written in 1981 by an Edward
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Nicholas Meyer, director of the film, wanted to make sure the movie was not an overly-dramatized Hollywood disaster film. After spending several months digging through nuclear research and filming realistic scenes portraying the effects of nuclear fallout, Meyer had created this lengthy, four-hour film. Many arguments ensued about what details were to be included versus cut from the final 127-minute broadcast.
The casting for this movie was different than most. Instead of hiring as many experienced actors as they can, Hume and Meyer made many trips to Kansas City in hopes they could find “real” midwesteners to play roles in the movie. The producers hired a local professor of theater and film at the University of Kansas to take the lead in casting people in the Kansas City area. Out of the 80 speaking roles, only 15 of them were cast from Hollywood, with the rest being residents of the local film site in Kansas City and Lawrence.
The film was originally going to be four hours long, broadcast over two nights, however Meyer felt the film had dull moments that didn’t contribute to the overall effect. Meyer’s final cut was two hours and twenty minutes, with the condition that it was aired all in one night. Because the producers were having much difficulty finding sponsors for the film (due to the subject matter), they accepted his condition of airing it on one night. Thus began the six-month
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