Article #468 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 6-26-2002
Posting date: 11-19-2002
Several survivors gather together near an isolated house and try to survive after nuclear war.
The Granddaddy of all nuclear war survival films, and later movies such as ON THE BEACH; THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL; and (especially) THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED all owe a bit of a debt to this one. Written by Arch Oboler of radio fame, it has a lot of talk, but the talk is fascinating, tragic, touching, and always holds my attention; I attribute this to Oboler’s radio experience, where he surely learned how to make conversation interesting. There’s even a number of memorable visual images scattered throughout the film. Plotwise, it is a little predictable; if someone gave you a list and a description of the survivors and told you how many of them would be alive at the end, you’d probably be able to figure out who without any problem. Incidentally, the title could be SIX, as we actually have a sixth character who plays into the action. Whatever flaws this movie has, it is powerful and memorable.