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 Posted: Sat Feb 25th, 2012 02:09 pm
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(1988)

Starring Anthony Edwards (doc from ER) and Mare Winningham (ugly chick from the Brat Pack)

Basically about a guy who gets a misplaced phone call on a pay phone that the U.S. is going to initiate a nuclear strike on the USSR and thus start a nuclear war or WW III.  Edwards then tries to get himself and his girlfriend (Winningham) on trek to the South Pole to escape the radiation. 

Pure 80's glam, fashion and pop culture in this one.  I watched this movie and thought at points somebody had taken me back to the days of tripping and experimental drug use during my college.  WTF was going on in some of these scenes? I noticed there was usage of symbolism in this movie, but I just could not put it all together. 

Movie did not get high ratings, but it was a pretty weird movie. 

I was just wondering if anybody else has seen this and their thoughts?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097889/



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 Posted: Sat Feb 25th, 2012 02:12 pm
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Needs to be moved to the General Discussion forum.  Sorry.



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Yeah I remember seeing it way back when. I would have been high school aged. I remember it was a weird movie then much like you say.

I caught a few minutes of it about a year ago on one of those low-end movie sub-channels you have now...maybe THIS TV?

It did not improve with time.

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Quattro wrote: Yeah I remember seeing it way back when. I would have been high school aged. I remember it was a weird movie then much like you say.

I caught a few minutes of it about a year ago on one of those low-end movie sub-channels you have now...maybe THIS TV?

It did not improve with time.



No, it got all the 80's cheeze involved and unlikely events occurring, but there are things that within the movie that seem to tie in some underlying messages and meanings. 



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I just googled it. I do not think I realized at the time (maybe I did, its been a long time) that the movie was basically done in real time. 70 minutes until the missles hit. That may have accounted for some of the strangeness. That was a relatively novel concept for 1988.

I remember Anthony Edwards couldn't get Winningham to wake up or something when he found her. I remember thinking slap the crap out of her until she gets up.

I do not remember the symbolism but I was just a fifteen year old or so, so I doubt I gave a crap.

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Quattro wrote: I just googled it. I do not think I realized at the time (maybe I did, its been a long time) that the movie was basically done in real time. 70 minutes until the missles hit. That may have accounted for some of the strangeness. That was a relatively novel concept for 1988.

I remember Anthony Edwards couldn't get Winningham to wake up or something when he found her. I remember thinking slap the crap out of her until she gets up.

I do not remember the symbolism but I was just a fifteen year old or so, so I doubt I gave a crap.


That was exactly like me.  I just dismissed it as a piece of shit movie that did not live up to to the standards of the other allegedly "great" movies from the time with the Brat Pack. 

Like you said, the movie does not hold up well for today, but if you sit down and watch it, again, there are things like the different scenes involving animals such as pigeons and rats that seem to be mean something since they are devoting scenes and time to these things.  Edwards throws his cigarette off of a balcony and a bird catches it in it's beak and burned up it's own nest....is this a correlation to nuclear war?   The whole thing with the crazed guy on the roof hoofing down all sorts of drugs and just babbling all sorts of mindless rants while the missiles are approaching. Then there is the helicopter pilot who I guess is supposed to be gay and he ends up all bloody in the helicopter to come back for Edwards and Winningham.  There is no explantion of what happened to him.  How do the the two die at the end?  Drowning?  Nuclear blast?  Was it all a dream?  If you watch as is, like I did as a teenager, then it is shit, but if you sort of focus on subtle things during the movie...it seems like there is more to it.

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I've seen it a few times and like it a lot. It's one of those put yourself in his shoes and what would you do kind of movies. You get a call that World War 3 is about to start but you have no idea if it's real or a crank call. Do you go about your business and forget it or do you tell other people and possibly start a panic with no real proof?

It also shows how quickly society breaks down when the news comes that the end of the world is about to happen and their is not enough time to get to safety. People start looting (what are they going to do with the stuff when they bombs destroy the city??), raping, shooting people that piss them off, etc...

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Greatmuta1025 wrote:
I've seen it a few times and like it a lot. It's one of those put yourself in his shoes and what would you do kind of movies. You get a call that World War 3 is about to start but you have no idea if it's real or a crank call. Do you go about your business and forget it or do you tell other people and possibly start a panic with no real proof?

It also shows how quickly society breaks down when the news comes that the end of the world is about to happen and their is not enough time to get to safety. People start looting (what are they going to do with the stuff when they bombs destroy the city??), raping, shooting people that piss them off, etc...


I agree. It's not one of the best movies of all times but it's good for what it is. Personally, I'd like to elaborate more but Muta pretty much summed up my thoughts.

ps They die submerging in the La Brea Tar pit.



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Edwards also did some movie in the 80s called "Gotcha" I saw it a few times, & thought it was good, I recommend it.

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