“The Day After” quotes(1983)
Plot – The movie illustrates nuclear war's consequences. In the first part of the film, in Lawrence citizens live their everyday life, until televisions transmit increasingly alarming news. The balance between great nations is come to a breaking point. People start to rush, the panic hits the men in the streets. USSR and America give the orders to kill population and nuclear missiles are launched from underground. Terrifying roars fill the screen. People remain initially paralyzed, then everyone disappears in a second, dissolved into ash. All around is destruction and ruin. The second part of the movie shows what will happen in Lawrence and in the rest of the world if a nuclear war would really start out. There would be a return of a "nuclear" Middle Ages, dead living processions, lootings, plague victims, murderers on the loose.
All actors – Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum, John Lithgow, Bibi Besch, Lori Lethin, Amy Madigan, Jeff East, Georgann Johnson, William Allen Young, Calvin Jung, Lin McCarthy, Dennis Lipscomb, Clayton Day, Doug Scott, Ellen Anthony, Kyle Aletter, Alston Ahern, William Allyn, Antonie Becker, Pamela Brown, Jonathan Estrin, Stephen Furst, Arliss Howard, Rosanna Huffman, Barbara Harris, Madison Mason, Bob Meister, Vahan Moosekian, George Petrie, Glenn Robards, Tom Spratley, Stan Wilson, Harry Bugin, Wayne Knight, Alex Van, Arthur Ashe, Desiree Boschetti, Darrell Everson, Herk Harvey, Eugene Jackson, David Kaufman, George Kuhn, John Lafayette, Randy Lowell, Terry M. Moore, Luci-Lynn Norris, Charles Oldfather, C. Wayne Owens, David Rodwell, Charles Whitman, David Yonallyshow all
“The Day After” Quotes 21 quotes
“- Joe Huxley: We are holding fast at just a hair under 50 rads per hour. I thought that it would have diminished by now. I guess that means we're picking up fallout from... Titan missile bases in Wichita... wherever else out west. That's the way the wind blows - straight toward St. Louis.
- Dr. Russell Oakes: When will it be safe to move people...” (continue)(continue reading)
- Helen Oakes: My God. It's 1962 all over again. The Cuban Missile Crisis. Do you remember Kennedy on television, telling Khrushchev to turn his boats around?
- Dr. Russell Oakes: "Full retaliatory response". He didn't bat an eye.
- Helen Oakes: We were in New York, in bed... just like this, remember? 118th street.
- Dr. Russell Oakes: Meatball... (continue)(continue reading)
What do you think is going to happen out there? You think we're going to sweep up the dead and fill in a couple of holes and build some supermarkets? You think all those people left alive out there are going to say, "Oh, I'm sorry. It wasn't my fault. Let's kiss and make up"? We knew the score. We knew all about bombs, we knew all about fallout.... (continue)(continue reading)
“- Dr. Sam Hachiya: You come from Kansas City. What did you see?
- Dr. Russell Oakes: I was on the freeway, about 30 miles away. I'm not sure... it was high in the air, directly above downtown. Like the sun... exploding.”
“- Denise Dahlberg: They give me this ribbon to wear... but I haven't got any damn hair to put it into.
- Stephen Klein: You look great.”
- Vinnie Conrad: The thing that bothers me is that damn "launch-on-warning".
- Bruce Gallatin: What's that?
- Vinnie Conrad: That's when one side tells the other that they're gonna fire their missiles as soon as they think the other guy's missiles are already on their way.
- Joe Huxley: You know. Use 'em or lose 'em.
“You can't see it... you can't feel it... and you can't taste it. But it's here, right now, all around us! It's goin' through you like an X-ray! Right into your cells! What do you think killed all these animals?”
“When a large nuclear device is airburst at high altitude, a lot of electrical disruption can be created, principally with radios, communication systems, electrical wires, computers, cars, transistors. Of course, it's all theoretical. It's never happened before. In short, very little electricity.”
“The catastrophic events you have just witnessed are, in all likelihood, less severe than the destruction that would actually occur in the event of a full nuclear strike against the United States. It is hoped that the images of this film will inspire the nations of this earth, their peoples and leaders, to find the means to avert the fateful day.”
“See these people? That's us, man, if we don't get to Lawrence.”
- Bruce Gallatin: What do you really think the chances are of something like that happening way the hell out here in the middle of nowhere?
- Joe Huxley: Nowhere? There's no "nowhere" anymore. You're sitting next to the Whiteman Air Force Base right now. That's about... 150 Minuteman missile silos spread halfway down the State of Missouri.... (continue)(continue reading)
“There is a rumor they are evacuating Moscow. Yeah. There are even people leaving Kansas City because of the missile fields. Now I ask you: Where does one go from Kansas City? To, uh, the Yukon? To Tahiti? We are not talking about Hiroshima anymore. Hiroshima was... was peanuts!”
- Aldo: You think they're making this up? You think this is "War of the Worlds" or something?
- Cynthia: Look, did we help the Czechs, the Hungarians, the Afghans or the Poles? Well we're not gonna nuke the Russians to save the Germans! I mean, if you were talking oil in Saudi Arabia, then I'd be really worried.
“- Dr. Russell Oakes: Do you understand what's going on in this world?
- Dr. Landowska: Yeah. Stupidity. Has a habit of getting its way.”