A drama about the unthinkable, catastrophic consequences of a superpower nuclear confrontation as it affects average American citizens in the Midwest. The story of what happens before, during and after a nuclear attack makes this film a stark drama of ordinary human lives of people who laugh, cry, work, play, think, wonder, create, hate and love - lives that are changed forever by man's final war upon himself.
During a period of heightened Reagan-era Cold War paranoia, ABC aired this lightning rod of controversy and media attention, whose graphic depiction of nuclear holocaust engendered discussions about whether parents should allow their children to view the nightmarish images. The Day After remains one of the best-known made-for-television movies, and is still a halting piece of precautionary propaganda about nuclear arms control. - AllMovie5/5
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